Sea Of Love Riddim Vol. 1
Skinny Bwoy Records
CD / Digital Release
September 12, 2014
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 80's 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 also 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 US Billboard R&B chart and on the #2 spot of the Billboard Hot 100 in year 1959. Sadiki performs a powerful remake of the tune here under the name of Henry Buckley Jr.
The album opens with songstress Twiggy. Her sweet high pitched lovers tune Kiss Me One More Time brings back fine memories of her days at the Penthouse Recording studios. One of Jamaica's most underrated vocalist is AJ Brown. He did so many good tunes, especially with producer Bobby Digital, and recently he was announced as the new lead singer of Third World. The duet with Sadiki Party Tun Up is an awesome good time tune! Pam Hall is a successful artist who started her career in the mid 70s, providing backing vocals for several leading artists as well as releasing quality productions such as "Creation", a duet with Orville Wood as Pam & Woody, "You Should Never Do That", a duet with Tinga Stewart, and "Dear Boopsie". She filled in for Judy Mowatt in the I-Threes, joining the group in the 90s. Her inspirational song Freedom Song is one of the true highlights here!
Canada based Mark Bennett aka Tony Anthony, one of Canada's leading reggae vocalists, is blessed with a booming voice that will blow you away. His contribution Friend Zone is further proof that we should keep an eye on this artist. Michelle Buckley, Sadiki's sister, makes her recording debut with the reggae gospel tune Prisoners. Looking forward to hear more from her! British lovers rock songstress Helen Rogers (known for her collaborations with Paul Hardcastle and Jazzmasters) gives us Woman Overboard. Sweet voiced singer Likkle Shanx of Roots Revealers performs a sultry lovers tune called Sweet Memories. The next tune is a real surprise. The French trumpet player and raggamuffin singer Poopa Tribuman delivers a noteworthy instrumental cut of the riddim with Sea Of Trumpets. Finally producer Sadiki adds the straight instrumental version of the riddim.