Rumble Rock Recordz
November 6, 2011
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
After the earlier this year released 'one riddim' album "Step By Step" with worthy contributions of artists such as Messenjah Selah, Arkaingelle, Jus Goodie, Oshen, Rastar, and Ras Gabriel, US based Rumble Rock Recordz returns with another entertaining 'one-riddim' sampler called "Stringz". This time it's a silky smooth one drop riddim with a little RnB vibe to it, which has been composed and mixed by Hawaiian producer Jimmy Cui, while additional guitar play comes from master guitarist Tuff Lion.
Except for Capleton and perhaps also Messenjah Selah and Chezidek, no real top-a-top artists are involved in this project, but don't let that lead you astray because there's enough niceness to be heard. The intoxicating riddim is simply sweet and the artists featured in this compilation deliver uplifting and conscious message songs as well as fine romantic tunes. Compared with the rootsy "Step By Step" riddim, the roster of artists that have voiced the "Stringz" includes some nine names from the first riddim project. Spanish Town native Sophia Squire, in the music business since the early '90s, gets things going in a great way with an excellent message tune called "I Live I Learn". It's followed by the matching combination "Good Vibes" by Fire Star & Mountain, and the appealing "Crazy Love" by Jus Goodie. The latter, a native of Detroit, is a well seasoned performer with a silky smooth voice who grew up in a Jewish household surrounded by Hebrew music. He was bit by the reggae bug when he made a life changing trip to Jamaica at the age of 14, which makes that he now combines the elements of vintage reggae, Motown soul and classic R&B in his musical efforts.
Three real good tracks in a row to open this compilation, it couldn't start any better. And it doesn't stop here as the remaining cuts brings the listener much more goodies. First of all there's the hardly ever dissapointing Messenjah Selah, whose "Wanna Get Away" is a beautiful tune, and also Chezidek's "Still Want More" is a fully convincing effort. Also Ras Professor's "Meditation Time" and Ras Arcane's "Hymn Book & Bible" are cultural pieces that one should give a repeated listening. Other tracks worth hearing include O-Shen's "Sorry", Zacheous Jackson's "Better Dayz", The Lambsbread's "Right Ting", Sarah Knowledge's "Jah Love", and Jhaytea's "Like Heaven".
Would really surprise us if a few tunes on this riddim won't enter the charts.