Strength Up Riddim
Reality Shock Records
January 23, 2016
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
Reality Shock Records is an independent record label representing several UK based reggae artists. The label was founded by Kris Kemist in 2003. As a young teenager, Kris Kemist began collecting reggae records and moving with a local soundsystem Psalms 1 Sound in Reading, England, a small town with a large Caribbean community and a rich reggae history. Since 2003 the label has grown from strength to strength. Over the years the studio has been blessed with the presence of such artists as Johnny Clarke, Errol Dunkley, Macka B, Earl Sixteen, Mikey General, Daddy Freddy, Tippa Irie, Sweetie Irie, Michael Prophet, Afrikan Simba, Al Campbell, Brother Culture, & many more. Kris Kemist's latest release is a 'new roots' riddim called "Strength Up Riddim".
The one-drop 'new roots' reggae riddim features appropriate nyahbinghi drumming and has a nice catchy hook. Most artists come from the UK, but dancehall/reggae icon Sizzla is also in the list of voicing artists. We dislike his falsetto, but his tune "Respect Eachother" is a truly becoming effort. Also from Jamaica comes Bryan Art (formerly Brah Yhan or Brahyhan Art), born Bryan Joseph Grant in Murray Mount, Saint Ann Parish. He's not only a singer, but also a songwriter, musician, producer, guitarist and former touring member of the Fire House Crew. He tells us to let "the children play", a moving tune! Jamaican Beres Brown (brother of Al Pancho) has made a big leap from walking and selling lotion and cologne to performing and even writing songs for other culture music artists such as Ginjah. His effort is the strong social tune "Heads Of Government".
In the '80s UK reggae veteran Dixie Peach joined Young Lion Sound as an MC and selector, and built his own sound system with his brother and friends called Killerwatt Sound. He had hits like "Spin Spin", "Slaughter" and "Raggamuffin & Rambo" which went to No.1 in the UK. In 2008 he joined Reality Shock records. "Stand Up" urges everyone to "stand up for our rights and don't give up the fight"... BOOM TUNE! Deadly Hunta is a versatile artist, singing and deejaying and fusing dancehall, hip hop & Reggae. Check out his awesome cultural tune "Let's Stick Together". Born in London, singer Donovan Kingjay is inspired & influenced by reggae singers such as Dennis Brown, Bushman and Luciano. His debut album "Higher Meditation" hit the streets in 2013, produced by himself and Nereus Joseph. He's great on "One Thing Is Certain", a track that showcases his musical powers.
Long time member of the Reality Shock family is Chieftain Joseph, first known for his hit song "Musical Farmer" which appeared on the compilation album "Reality Shock Volume 1". "Third Eye" is not the best tune here, but still worth checking out. The combination General Levy and aforementioned Deadly Hunta tear down the dancehall with "Warrior", the ultimate killer tune on this album. What a boomshot! Marga has recorded with producers such as Jazwad, Ruff Cut, Mungo's Hifi & Reality Shock and has toured extensively across Europe & America and is most famous for the 90ís hit "Walk Like A Jamaican", which was adopted as the Jamaican football teamís official theme song at the World Cup in 1998. With his tune "Reggae Music" he honours the music and its artists that has brought him so much positiveness... love this tune!