Twilight Sound System Presents Rasta International
M Records
February 2, 2007

Track list
  1. Fred Locks - Won't Give Up The Fight
  2. Queen Ifrica - Stand Up For Righteousness
  3. Lutan Fyah - We Can Make It Work
  4. Brando - Greater Than Great
  5. Admiral Tibet - Stand Up & Fight
  6. Natural Black - Are You Ready
  7. Mikey General - Rastafari Is Calling
  8. Fred Locks - Wisdom
  9. Ranking Joe - Don't Be Ungrateful
  10. Luciano - Spiritual Friend
  11. Matic Horns - Horns Cut
  12. Brando - The Conquering Lion
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4
Twilight Sound System is a group and sound system at the same time. The Dutch label (Twilight Circus) owner and producer Ryan Moore is finally getting some of the respect he deserves, as M Records is climbing up to the top when it comes to labels in Roots Reggae. Ryan Moore's new release is called: "Twilight Sound System Presents Rasta International" and counts as one of the best modern roots compilations at the moment.

Freedom fighter Fred Locks opens this album riding the "Thanks And Praise" riddim for Won't Give Up The Fight, with the sweet lyrics completing it. Dean Fraser, the saxophone player on the "Thanks And Praise" riddim, always gives a special vibe to his tunes and here he does it again. Queen Ifrica realy shines on Stand Up For Righteousness, with her voice fitting the riddim perfectly well. Lutan Fyah, who sings We Can Make It Work on the "Binghi" riddim, delivers one of the two tunes mixed by Steven Stanley. Brando made a wicked sing along tune called Greater Than Great, featuring wise lyrics. Admiral Tibet tells us about the jealousy of people on Stand Up And Fight. With the strong Are You Ready Natural Black -- voted Best newcomer 2006 on the Reggae Vibes site -- shows us why he got the title.

The "Wisdom" riddim kicks off with Mickey General's Rastafari Is Calling, one of the greatest tunes on the album. Fred Locks sticks to the "Wisdom" riddim with Wisdom, showing us his wise lyrics once more. Staying on the "Wisdom" riddim with Ranking Joe's Don't Be Ungrateful, actually a great mix of Fred Lock's lyrics of Wisdom and Joe's deejay lyrics. On Spiritual Friend 'Jah Messenjah' aka Luciano lives up to his nickname. Henry Buttons (the trombone player) made a strong tune with Matic Horns. The Conquering Lion sees Brando giving praises to Selassi I, making this a nice tune to round off this set full of powerful vocals!