Various artists album review
See Mi Yah
Various / Rhythm & Sound
CD / 2LP
March 7, 2005
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
After their beautiful "Rhythm & Sound: w/ The Artists" and "Rhythm & Sound: The Version" albums in 2003, Berlin dub-techno duo Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus a.k.a. Rhythm & Sound, about who more can be read, like on their other Basic Channel-labels, in the article Rhythm & Sound...Jamaican hallucinations in stripped-down slowmotion would almost have been forced to produce a next reggae album by public and critical demand. Luckily that's what they wanted themselves as well, and the result is absolutely stunning. "See Mi Yah" is a classic one riddim album, using a riddim that is as much rooted in their technodub works as Maurizio's "MCD/M-Series", Basic Channel's "BCD" and "Round One To Round Five" as it is in their more dub-reggae oriented work with Paul 'Tikiman' St. Hilaire like "Showcase w/ Rhythm & Sound" and the two Rhythm & Sound albums mentioned above. Opening this album is Studio One veteran Willie Williams who contributes the title track "See Mi Yah" before like Rhythm & Sound also Berlin based veteran DJ Joseph Cotton a.k.a. Jah Walton a.k.a. Jah Cotton deejays his "Dem Never Know" with Willie Williams' vocals only slightly dubbed up, before like Paul St. Hilaire Berlin based Dominican Koki chants over a more dubbed up version of the riddim his "Rise & Praise" that is an almost churchical chant. Berlin based Jamaican Freddy Mellow delivers the conscious "Truly" living up to his name, before Lance 'Rod Of Iron' Clarke also invokes a spiritual hypnosis in his spell-casting "Lightning Storm", and then yet another Studio One veteran Sugar Minott delivers one of the best tunes he recorded in years, the superb conscious "Let Jah Love Come". Berlin based Jamaican Walda Gabriel charges his "Boss Man" with not paying him in a heartfelt sufferers lamentation, before fellow Berlin-Jamaican Bobbo Shanti, after a Candyman-like vocal gimmick continues that vibe in "Poor People Must Work". Paul St. Hilaire's brother Ras Perez teams up with fellow Dominican Ras Donovan (who also worked together with Mapstation, (Kreidler and To Rococo Rot) Stefan Schneider's techno-soundscapes meet reggae and dancehall project), for a very effective combination of determined spoken and great sung lyrics in "Let We Go", before long time Rhythm & Sound stalwart Paul St. Hilaire contributes the excellent plea for freedom "Free For All" that is followed by Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus a.k.a. Rhythm & Sound shining themselves in the excellent "See Mi Version" to close a 46 minutes aural trip that is a must have for any serious reggae, roots and dub listener.Souljah.