Soulful Spirit Riddim
Irie Ites Records
July 8, 2014
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
This year the well respected French label and production crew Irie Ites celebrates its 15th anniversary and to mark this occasion they've released their 15th juggling project called "Soulful Spirit". The Irie Ites crew seemingly has a strong interest in vintage music and thus many of the previous 14 riddims were reworkings of classic reggae riddims including Burning Spear's "Rocking Time", Culture's "Down In Jamaica", John Holt's "Strange Things", and the Heptones' "Party Time".
The "Soulful Spirit", the follow-up to the earlier this year released fresh original "Diamond Riddim", has been created by the duo West Finga & Jericho, who used a sample from an classic Soul tune done by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. The final result is an infectious backdrop with a joyful feel, that combines Reggae and Hip Hop to full effect as it is given a modern touch in a very appealing way. The danceable riddim has a strong party vibe, which makes it the perfect sound for sultry summer evenings.
Thus it's not that surprising that this album kicks off a light-hearted tune; "Summertime Girlfriend" by Jr. Yellam. (Expect an Irie Ites produced full length album from one of the most talented upcoming artists and revelation of 2013 in the near future). Lyrically Sizzla, one of the biggest names here, goes into a completely different direction with "Away With The Violence", an outstanding message tune. Also Perfect Giddimani is a well-known in the international reggae arena. Here he comes up with a ganja tune titled "Straight To Mi Heart", not a real big effort but all in all an entertaining track to hear. "Reggae Empress" by veteran Skarra Mucci aka The lyric Millionaire makes a good impression, while Chezidek utilizes a different vocal style than usual for his party song "Friday Night". Matters of the heart are nicely touched by Spectacular in "Love Till Eternity", before it's time for three lesser known artists to deliver their goods. Dennis Lawrence aka Tony D Clutcheye aka Tony D, a Jamaican reggae singer with a strong melodious voice, impresses most with the conscious "Jungle Out Deh". However also Sugar Kawar -- an artist based in Le Mans, France, but born and raised in Surinam -- is worth listening to as he showcases with the lovers piece "U Gotta Realize". Before the project is rounded off with the version of the "Soulful Spirit Riddim", there's the man called Papa Style (elected Upcoming French Artist of 2013) who sings the only tune in French on this riddim.
A perfect soundtrack for all party people who want to wine up their waist during the Summer Night Parties.