Retro Locks Riddim
Oneness Records
Digital Release
March 18, 2015

Track list
  1. Dre Island - On Time
  2. Iba Mahr - Travelling Home
  3. Glen Washington & Fyah T - Golden Locks
  4. Treesha Moore - Don't Do It
  5. Gappy Ranks feat. Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal - Who Are You
  6. YT - Human Rights
  7. Runkus - Kindness
  8. Denham Smith - When Man Hungry
  9. Naptali feat. Arofat - Nuh Partial
  10. Mark Wonder - Same King
  11. Umberto Echo - Travelling Dub
  12. Oneness Band - Retro Locks Riddim (Version)
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Whether it's the original 1979 version of Bim Sherman's "Golden Locks" or its recut for the 1996 released "Miracle" album, a heavily acoustic set with a South Asian bend, it remains one of the best songs from the incredible singer's catalogue. It looked like it was only a matter of time before the riddim of "Golden Locks" would be picked up by a producer to relick it for a juggling project, but we never thought it would take that long. Anyway, at long last producers Moritz "DaBaron" von Korff & Benjamin "Benjammin" Zecher from Germany based Oneness Records 'discovered' the riddim and, being familiar with building top notch riddims (think "African Children", "Rise Up" and "Reggaeville"), came up with another real scorcher called "Retro Locks".

And now we are treated to even more noticable cuts on this gorgeous riddim, delivered by Reggae Revival artists Dre Island and Iba Mahr, veteran singer Glen Washington, the underrated Mark Wonder and much promising up-and-comers like Denham Smith, Runkus and female singer Treesha Moore. The 'one riddim' set opens in a real big way with Dre Island's "On Time" and Iba Mahr's matching "Travelling Home". Two conscious tunes that do justice to the strength of the riddim. Then there's the solid combination tune "Golden Locks" with Glen Washington singing the original Bim Sherman tune, while deejay Fyah T tops it with his own lyrics. Treesha Moore, born in Kenya and residing in Germany, has a beautiful voice which she fully showcases on "Don't Do It". Mark Hull aka YT, who recorded the crucial reality tune "Wicked Act", is known as an original and inspiring social commentator and the solid "Human Rights" affirms this once again. Furthermore worth hearing more than once are Denham Smith's "When Man Hungry" and Mark Wonder's "Same King", while Umberto Echo's dub version and then the straight instrumental version are the icing on the cake.

Another winner from the ever reliable Oneness Records!