March 7, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
The Austria based Irievibrations production house is widely known for their carefully crafted 'live played' riddims featured on quite a few entertaining juggling sets. Furthermore they have released noteworthy full length albums from big names such as Luciano, Anthony B, and Perfect Giddimani and budding talent like the up-and-coming Italian reggae singer Raphael.
After the release of the "Rub A Dub Market Riddim" set in 2012, the Irievibrations crew focused on several album productions for artists like Jahcoustix, Iriepathie and the aforementioned Raphael in 2013. Now, in the first quarter of the year 2014, they come up with a brand new collection of tunes on the joyous "Village Riddim", first heard on Luciano's 2011 released album "Rub-A-Dub Market". It's that piece, "Voice of A Trumpet", that gets things started here. The song was one of the best tracks on that Luciano album, and thus it's not that surprising it also makes a good impression on this project. Apart from Lutan Fyah, who delivers a real nice ganja tune called "Roll It Up", the remaining artists who have voiced a cut on the riddim are lesser known to a wide audience. However, this doesn't imply their cuts aren't worthwhile checking out. In particular Damas' "Lead The Way", Raphael's "No Haffi Bother", Don Bonn's "Live Some Life", and Tony Anthony's "How They Feel" are worth hearing more than once. For those familiar with the German language, both "Bunter" by Dancehall-Reggae artist Uwe Kaa out of Munich, Germany, and Iriepathie's "Mein Schatz" are appealing tunes. Denham Smith is a truly gifted vocalist (check his "Not The Same EP" on Oneness Records), but with "Music" he disappoints as a lyricist. More or less the same can be said about Lion D, although lyrically it's a slightly better effort.
All in all this juggling set contains enough captivating and enjoyable tunes, so check it out.