Sea Of Love Riddim Vol.2
Skinny Bwoy Records
CD / Digital Release
May 25, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Sadiki was born Henry Buckley, in Rollington Town, Kingston, Jamaica. He migrated to the United States in the late '80s and in 1997 his self-titled debut was released on Scratchie/Mercury under the name Pancho Kryztal, to good reviews but disappointing sales. He changed his name From Pancho Kryztal to Sadiki - an Egyptian name meaning "faithful or loyal". In 2001 he scored a big hit with "Gal Dem Everytime". Sadiki was selected as an opening act for Beres Hammond's "Music Is Life World Tour" 2002. In 2007, Sadiki scored another major hit with a remake of Robin Thicke's "Lost Without You" on the "Taxi" riddim. His debut album "Morning's Come" was released in Japan in November of 2007 and the album hit the #1 spot for reggae releases at HMV record stores throughout Japan, and charted within the top 5 at Tower Records.
As well as being Sadiki's singing and songwriting debut, the album was also Sadiki's producing and engineering debut, as he produced or co-produced each and every track. His next album "Lifeline" was released in 2010 and featured sixteen tracks, nine of which were written by Sadiki and produced by veteran Lloyd Campbell, Jason Sterling and Sadiki. The album and its first single - "African Queen" - topped the Weekly Star Top 10 Chart, staying in the number one spot simultaneously for two weeks in a row. Sadiki recently added the title "Artist Manager" to his credentials, signing Reggae group Chalice, Ska legend Eric Monty Morris and Rocksteady giants The Tennors to management deals. In February of 2012 Sadiki scored his second BBC World Reggae Beat #1 with "Before The Time", which was written by Sadiki and produced by Kemar 'Flava' McGregor. Through his travels throughout the US, Japan and the Caribbean, Sadiki has shared the stage with Buju Banton, Gyptian, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder, Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffiths and Beenie Man among others.
Sadiki's production activities have led to the release of the one riddim set "Sea Of Love Riddim, Vol. 1". The riddim is taken from the Studio One classic of the same name, originally performed by the Heptones at the end of the '60s. The Heptones used the lyrics of the soul classic by Phil Phillips, who placed the song on the #1 spot of the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and on the #2 spot of the Billboard Hot 100 in year 1959. Last year Sadiki put out a nice collection of tunes on the rebuild riddim and now the follow-up album has reached us. It includes remixes of tunes from the first volume and fresh new tunes.
One of the most striking tunes is the extended mix of "Sea Of Love" performed by Sadiki (recording under the name Henry Buckley Jr). This version also has an added mute trumpet arrangement from French trumpeter Poopa Tribuman. Roots reggae artist Chezidek delivers a splendid anti-war anthem called No More War, on which he surprises us with a different sound we're accustomed to hear from this truthful artist. Roy Panton is a truly vintage artist. He and Yvonne Harrison were one of the first duets in the Jamaican Ska and Rocksteady scenes, both singing together or as solo vocalists. By suggestion of Coxone Dodd, Roy Panton and Millie Small started singing together and became one of the most prolific duos of the Island in the late 50's/early '60s, leaving behind many recordings under the name Roy & Millie. After Millie’s departure to England under the management of Chris Blackwell, Roy Panton found himself a new partner in 1962 - Yvonne Harrison. Here we get treated to an inspiring duet by Roy & Yvonne called "When It's Right".
George Nooks then takes control, targeting his female fans with "Gonna Be Mine Tonight". He's in top form on this track with backing vocals from Paul "Lymie" Murray. Tony Anthony was one of the artists on the first volume with "Friend Zone". Here and now he relicks the tune in a tough dancehall mix! Check it out. "Leave A Little Love" is a sweet lovers rock tune performed by the young and talented Nikesha Lindo, daughter of the prolific hit-maker Willie Lindo. From the beautiful island of Hawaii hails Siaosi who brings us a firm reality tune called "Nuh Backchat Mama". Unknown Canadian newcomer Benita Singh makes a fine impression with her soulful tune "Give You Love". Sweet voiced singer Likkle Shanx of the band Roots Revealers performed a sultry lovers tune called "Sweet Memories" on volume 1. He is back with a relick of that tune in a superb classic stylee that reminds us of Bitty McLean during his Peckings sessions!
Sadiki and singer AJ Brown drop a club mix of the party anthem "Party Tun Up". Sadiki's sister Michelle Buckley redoes her tune "Prisoners" inna gospel club mix. A surprisingly fresh sounding combination sound comes from the veteran deejay Tappa Zukie and the perfect-pitched Pam Hall. Their tune "Freedom Song (Remix)" is one of the highlights here.
Recommended follow up!