Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jammy$ ‘From the Roots 1977-1985’ Review (Greensleeves)

Lloyd ‘Prince Jammy’ James got his start in the music business as an apprentice to the infamous Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock, who in 1957 started to put together the legendary Tubby’s Hometown Hi Fi playing American jazz and R&B records. In the late 1960’s Tubby installed rudimentary 2-track recording equipment and a dub-cutting lathe in his Dromilly Avenue workshop and his reputation continued to grow as a man who understood both music and electronics. Jammy took over the engineer’s role at 18 Dromilly Avenue where he concentrated on the studio work; this allowed Tubby to get on with the electronics side of the business.
Tubby allowed Jammy to establish his own identity in the studio. Jammy soon became a vital part of King Tubby’s Dromilly Avenue set up; voicing, editing, mixing, and operating the dub-cutting machine. His first Kingston production was with fellow Waterhouse resident Michael Rose who voiced a new song, ‘Born Free’, on a Yabby You riddim known as ‘Prayer To Jah’. Jammy next began building his own riddims. King Tubby and Yabby You, among others, encouraged Jammy to make the jump from recording engineer to record producer.
The tracks on ‘Jammy$ From The Roots 1977-1985’ demonstrate the type of talent Jammy possesses. His contribution to the ‘classic’ traditional reggae of the 1970’s and early 80’s is unsurpassed.
This 2-Disc compilation is straight up roots reggae at its finest. Johnny Osbourne’s accusatory Fally Ranking comes directly from the zinc-fenced, potholed streets of Waterhouse. International phenomenon Black Uhuru recorded some of their earliest work with Jammy including the solid Tonight Is The Night To Unite and the classic Willow Tree, both found on this set. Through the years Jammy has worked with just about anyone who’s anyone in reggae music. Sugar Minott (Give The People What They Want), Earl Zero (Please Officer), Junior Delgado (Love Tickles Like Magic and Liberation), Augustus Pablo (Pablo In Moonlight City), Dennis Brown (Africa We Want To Go and They Fight I), and Hugh Mundell (Jah Fire Will Be Burning), just to name a few, are all featured here with excellent tunes.
Tracks worthy of inclusion in the ‘stand-out’ category are Wayne Smith’s Time Is A Moment In Space, Black Crucial’s Conscience Speaks, and Barry Brown’s It A Go Dread.
Tracks that would be considered ‘boomshots’ include Johnny Osbourne’s Mr.Marshall, Natural Vibes’ Life Hard A Yard, Prince Alla’s masterpiece Last Train to Africa, and Junior Reid’s Higgler Move and Boom-Shack-A-Lack.
Elements of the Jammy-pioneered digital era are evident on the two Junior Reid tracks and on tracks by Frankie Paul (Foreign Mind, Children of Israel, and Do Good), and Half Pint (One Big Ghetto and Mr. Landlord). It was Jammy’s recordings with Waterhouse native Half Pint that showed another way forward for the music.
Jammy$ ‘From The Roots 1977-1985’ should be a requirement for any reggae collection.
Highly Recommended!


Johnny Osbourne - Jammys From The Roots (1977-1985)

Track Listing Disc One:

1. Fally Ranking - Johnny Osbourne
2. Tonight Is The Night to Unite - Black Uhuru
3. Give the People What They Want - Sugar Minott
4. Conscience Speaks - Black Crucial
5. Jah Ovah - Johnny Osbourne
6. Youth Man - Noel Phillips
7. Please Officer - Earl Zero
8. Pablo In Moonlight City - Augustus Pablo
9. Love Tickles Like Magic - Junior Delgado
10. Jah Fire Will Be Burning - Hugh Mundell
11. It A Go Dread - Barry Brown
12. Life s A Moment in Space - Wayne Smith
13. Jah Gave Us This World - Travellers
14. Natty Dread At The Controls - U Black
15. Name of The Game - Fantels
16. What A Great Day - Lacksley Castell

Track Listing Disc Two:
1. Mr. Marshall - Johnny Osbourne
2. Life Hard A Yard - Natural Vibes
3. Last Train To Africa - Prince Alla
4. Colly George - Frankie Jones
5. Willow Tree - Black Uhuru
6. Jah Do Love Us - The Jays
7. Higgler Move - Junior Reid
8. Liberation - Junior Delgado
9. One Big Ghetto - Half Pint
10. Foreign Mind - Frankie Paul
11. Africa We Want To Go - Dennis Brown
12. Children Of Israel - Frankie Paul
13. Boom-Shack-A-Lack - Junior Reid
14. Mr. Landlord - Half Pint
15. Do Good - Frankie Paul
16. They Fight I - Dennis Brown

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Joe Gibbs '12” Discomix Showcase Vol.4 and 5' Review

VP Records and 17 North Parade gives Reggae connoisseurs a double shot with the release of Joe Gibbs 12” Reggae Discomix Showcase Volumes 4 and 5 . Collected and compiled together for the very first time!

These collections of hits features re-mastered Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson produced 12” singles from the golden age of Reggae (1977-82). Featuring some of the greatest singers, deejays, and musicians that pioneered Reggae music into the genre we know and love today. Junior Murvin, Sammy Dread, Ruddy Thomas, Junior Byles, Dennis Brown, George Nooks, Trinity, and many more are featured.

Volume 4 focuses primarily on romance-inspired tunes including the classic, though somewhat obscure Dennis Brown tune entitled Your Man. The Crown Prince is in vintage form on a tune that would hold its own when compared to some of his finest works from the 1970s. George Nooks provides an excellent interpretation of the Four Season’s classic Working My Way Back to You. Trinity toasts flawlessly on the version. Wayne Wade concludes the set strongly with the John Holt classic After You. Again, Trinity, aka Wade Brammer, rides the version with simple precision.

Volume 5 is geared more towards the conscious side of things with a few lovers tracks mixed in. Earth and Stone get things off to a scorching start on Ring Craft only to be slightly outdone by the toasting of Snuffy and Wally on Dreader Mafia. The haunting laughs and verbal sparring flow perfectly over the version. Su Su Pon Rasta (Naggo Morris), Burn Babylon (Sylford Walker), and Time Stiff (Junior Murvin) are all heavy roots burners. Junior Vibes closes the compilation with the quality lovers tune The Man In Me.
Regarding these two showcases one thing is for certain: Joe Gibbs and Errol T were at the top of their game. The listener is treated to not only the original single but also the extended deejay version or the extended dub version on every track. These compilations are must-haves for any fan of roots reggae. Listening to them will only enhance your appreciation for the obvious influence 1970s reggae has had on the genre. There are many snippets and melodies on these mixes that modern-day artists have “borrowed” or ‘incorporated’ into their work, proving that the future is not possible without paying tribute to the past. Recommended.


George Nooks & Trinity - Joe Gibbs 12" Reggae Discomix Showcase Vol. 4

Track Listing Volume 4:
1. Dreadlocks Time/Fist To Fist- Junior Byles w/Kojak & Liza
2. I Can’t Stand The Rain/Same Complaint- Hortense Ellis & Prince Weedy
3. Your Man- Dennis Brown
4. Natty Dread She Want/Pain A Back- Delroy Melody & Trinity
5. Sky Juice- Hugh Griffiths w/Kojak & Liza
6. Shake Your Body Down To The Ground- Ruddy Thomas & Welton Irie
7. Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough- Derrick Lara & Trinity
8. My Love/Can’t Take Me Landlord- Wade Brammer & Lui Lepke
9. Working My Way Back To You- George Nooks & Trinity
10. Why Girl/Did We Have To Part- Earth & Stone w/Trinity
11. After You/Love Me Forever- Wayne Wade & Trinity


Junior Vibes & U-Mikes - Joe Gibbs 12" Reggae Discomix Showcase, Vol. 5

Track Listing Volume 5:
1. Ring Craft/Dreader Mafia- Earth & Stone w/Snuffy & Wally
2. Su Su Pon Rasta/Stop Su Su Pon the Dread- Naggo Morris & Trinity
3. Burn Babylon/Don’t Trouble Natty Dread- Sylford Walker &Trinity
4. Let The Power Fall/Give I Power- Carl Brown & Prince Mohammed
5. Time Stiff/Time So Rough- Junior Murvin & Trinity
6. Sweet Sensation/Sweet Drum and Bass- Carol Gonzales & Paddy Roots
7. Being With You- Ruddy Thomas w/Joe Tex & U-Black
8. Playmate aka Bum Ball/Scorcher- Home T. Four & Delroy Jones
9. Dreadlocks Girl/She Never Love Me So- Sammy Dread & Tappa Zukie
10. Captain Selassie/Under Me- Icho Candy & Earl Scorcher
11. The Man In Me/ Loving Galore- Junior Vibes & U-Mike

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Surprise New York proclamation for Tony Rebel

Tony Rebel went to the 29th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRWMA), held on May 2 in New York, in three roles. He was co-host along with Alison Hinds, a performer and, as head of Flames Productions, had a keen eye on Queen Ifrica's multiple nominations.

Rebel was surprised, then, when he was backstage while some speeches were being made and heard his name announced. It was not the first time that night, as earlier his Rebel Salute festival had received the Best Show Award and he had duly thanked all the fans who had attended the event. But this time, it was for something that had simply not been on the cards.

It was a Proclamation from the State of New York, signed by New York State Senate Majority Leader, Pedro Espada Jr.

It read, in part, "Whereas it is only fitting to pay tribute to those individuals of historic and artistic significance, whose creative talents have contributed to the cultural enrichment of our communities and our nation; and ... Whereas Tony Rebel sings a peaceful, roots-oriented form of dancehall music designed to inspire his audience to take a more positive approach to life and social change; and whereas, born Patrick Barrett, Tony Rebel is a Rastafarian, but rather than simply creating serious, philosophical tunes, he infuses his music with a light-hearted, liberal-leaning dose of humour..."

And it pronounced, "Proclaimed, it is with just cause and true purpose that I am pleased to pay tribute to Tony Rebel..."

much gratitude

Rebel said it was read by a delegate from the Lower House and, in his reply, he expressed his gratitude. He said it was good that he has been doing only clean and good songs, as that is what he was being honoured for.

"They don't just do it suh. They know what they know. They research you," Rebel said.

He first performed in 1991 at Act III, when he had Armour, Fresh Vegetable, Sweet Jamaica and Hush, among others. Over the years since, he has performed at Madison Square Garden, BB King Blues Club, The Ritz and New York Coliseum (now demolished). Along with Queen Latifah, he performed at several venues where there was mostly a white audience. "I have a serious fan base in New York," Rebel said.

"We give thanks there are people who are looking at the industry as an industry, and find people they can honour," Rebel said. "We are in an industry that most times people think nothing is happening and it is down. What some people are doing, they do not give credence to the other side of the music. It goes to show that if you are doing something good and consistent people will see."

He does not take solo credit, saying "As fragmented as the industry is, it is what has propelled me to where I am now". He named producers Fattis, Mikie Bennett, Bobby Digital and Donovan Germaine as persons who have produced songs for which he has become known.

The mention of "a light-hearted, liberal dose of humour" was notable, and Rebel said, "From the beginning I have always tried to find something - lyrically lubricant - to get the thing across a little quicker. Also, I am a fun person. My motive is about happiness and sharing that with the rest of the world. My forum is music, to channel that to the people". The 29th IRWMA was dedicated to health awareness, which dovetails with Rebel's way of life.

healthy advice
"When I am onstage I try to give healthy advice," he said. "They have been listening to me all this time, trying to give advice as much as I can."
One of his songs invites "come ketch the Ras in the kitchen", while another prescribes raw food and green juices.
"In interviews, I always try to share what I know. Food is in your life, life must be in your food," he said.

While Rebel would not speculate on what position of respect the Proclamation has put him in, he said, "It is really a sense of honour when people say they are giving you an honour, not just because of the music you do, but the kind of music you do".

"I don't know if that will tell the Jamaica Tourist Board to give me some good money to keep Rebel Salute and get some sponsors to come in and partner with and say come on, let us keep a good show."
And it definitely gives him encouragement to keep going. "It is god when you do things and you are rewarded," he said, emphasising that the reward is not only in cash but also kind. "It is good when it is making that mark and that is what this is." -Sunday Gleaner

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Takana Zion ‘Rappel a l’Ordre’ Review (Makafresh)

The international scope of Reggae music is staggering. From the streets of Kingston, to the cities and countryside’s of Africa, to the bustling metropolises of Tokyo, New York, Paris, and London and everywhere in between, Reggae has captivated and influenced listeners with its infectious riddims and uplifting, positive lyrics. In particular, the nations of Africa have maintained a strong presence in Reggae music for many years, reason being: Quality. Alpha Blondy, the late Lucky Dube, Majek Fashek, and many others have contributed some of the finest Reggae made in the last 20+ years.

African Newcomer Takana Zion, from French Guinea, in West Africa, made his mark on the reggae landscape with his 2007 release ‘Zion Prophet’ (Makafresh). His sophomore effort, ‘Rappel a l’Ordre’ (Call To Order), is even stronger than his debut. His partnership with French label Makafresh is a natural one, considering Guinea was a former French colony. The combination with Makafresh and Paris-born producer and mentor Manjul has proved to be a fruitful one.
‘Rappel a l’Ordre’ is full of high quality music, lyrics, and melodies. Takana Zion shows his versatility throughout the album. He is equally adept at singing and deejaying, and comfortably combines the two on many tracks. (His style is similar to Jah Mason.)
Impressive also is the fact that the album includes songs in French, English, Malinke, and Sousou (Susu). In particular, the songs in Sousou and Malinke add a beautiful, intrinsic quality to the album.
Mikhi Kobie is one of those tracks. Takana Zion’s delivery is passionate and strong as he skillfully rides an excellent riddim. Sekou Ko Non is another gem. Set to a bubbling riddim, he delivers one of the album’s best tracks, that is, of course, if you had to choose. I Want To Be Free is a simple, yet incisive song about the desire we all share to be freed from the bondage that we all experience, in one form or another, in the chaotic world we live in.
Celine, co-written with Erwan Seguillon (He co-wrote Jeune Fille, also.), is another stand-out track. Takana Zion truly shows his diversity and creativity on a track overflowing with evocatively precise lyrics.
‘Rappel l’Ordre’ is an exceedingly well-balanced album. Takana Zion displays a maturity well beyond his 23 years. Admittedly, this album may take some getting used to simply because only 3 of the 13 tracks are in English. However, after a few spins, you’ll begin to recognize and appreciate not only the overall talent of Takana Zion but also the high-quality, original music found throughout the album.
Definitely recommended!


Takana Zion - Rappel à l'ordre

Track Listing:
1. Nasalife
2. Abiri Na Samba Khine
3. Mikhi Kobie
4. I want to be free
5. Jeune Fille
6. Reggae Donkili (feat. Victor Démé)
7. Mama Africa
8. Sekou Ko Non
9. Jah Kingdom (feat. Winston McAnuff)
10. Anawafe
11. Céline
12. Ithiopia
13. Rendez à César

Friday, May 21, 2010

'Best Trick' Riddim Review (Weedy G Soundforce)

Arguably the best reggae music in the world is either coming directly from European labels/producers or from European Artists/Bands. Artists like Gentleman (Germany), Alborosie (Italy), Million Stylez (Sweden), Iriepathie (Germany), Ziggi (Holland), and Cali P (Switzerland) among others and labels like Oneness, Goldcup, Rootdown, Bassrunner, PowPow, Minor7Flat5, and many more either are, or have been vigorously asserting themselves on the international reggae scene.
Zurich's Weedy G Soundforce is another label/production crew/sound system that has created some very high quality riddims in recent years. (Maestro, Strong Grain, Da Rule)
Weedy G's latest effort 'Best Trick' may very well be their best yet. It's a bubbling up-tempo, horn-infused riddim that is an absolute blast to listen to. It's the type of beat that will make even the most reserved wallflower cut a rug!
Perfect (Money Can't Buy Love), Lutan Fyah (Mix Up), and Merciless (Countryboy) mash it up!
Veteran Jimmy Riley shows he still has it on Tell Me Your Name featuring Fantan Mojah. Riley takes the hook from The Doors 'Hello' and places it with perfection on what is arguably the best tune on the riddim. The rapid firing Fantan Mojah puts forth his most original effort in years and compliments Riley beautifully. Wicked combination!! Wicked riddim!! Highly Recommended, in fact, Essential!


Lutan Fyah - Best Trick Riddim

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

'Strictly the Best, Vol. 40' Review (VP)

It’s amazing to think that VP Records ‘Strictly the Best’ series started nearly 20 years ago. Now in its 40th and 41st volumes it is obvious that the annual compilations are, indeed, filled with some of the best songs and artists that modern reggae and dancehall has to offer. The Chin brothers continue to show that they have their fingers directly on the pulse of international reggae and dancehall. What was once a strictly Jamaican compilation has evolved to include the likes of Germany’s prolific singjay Gentleman and with Volume 40, Swedish sensation Million Stylez.

Strictly the Best, Vol.40 focuses on the romantic side of reggae. It is full of lovers rock gems, some with an old-school feel ( Beres Hammond’s ‘No Goodbye’, Bitty McLean’s ‘Fall In Love’, Gappy Rank’s ‘Heaven In Her Eyes’, and Courtney John’s massive hit ‘Lucky Man’.) and others with a decidedly modern touch.(Hezron’s ‘So In Love’, Maikal X’s ‘The Best In You’, Jah Vinci’s neo-soul flavored ‘Baby Girl I Am Alone’, and Million Stylez’ boomshot ‘Me and You’.)
Busy Signal’s cover of Phil Collins’ ‘One More Night’, Queen Ifrica’s ‘Lioness On The Rise’, and John Legend’s remix of ‘Can’t Be My Lover’ featuring Buju Banton are all worthy inclusions.
VP set the trend with ‘Strictly the Best, Vol. 1’ back in 1990 and they have continued the trend with Volume 40. This compilation will more than satisfy both the reggae purist and the new listener. Highly recommended!


Busy Signal - Strictly the Best, Vol. 40

Track Listing:
1. Can’t Be My Lover (Curtis Lynch Remix)- John Legend featuring Buju Banton
2. No Goodbye- Beres Hammond
3. Fall In Love (Rub A Dub Mix) – Bitty McLean
4. So In Love- Hezron
5. Lucky Man- Courtney John
6. Lioness On The Rise- Queen Ifrica
7. Heaven In Her Eyes- Gappy Ranks
8. All In The Name Of Love- Sherieta
9. One More Night- Busy Signal
10. Heart Broken- Etana
11. The Best In You- Maikal X
12. Me and You- Million Stylez
13. Since I’ve Been Loving You- Fiona
14. Good Life- Chuckleberry
15. Under My Skin- Red Roze
16. Baby Girl I Am Alone- Jah Vinci

Monday, May 17, 2010

Iration ‘Time Bomb’ Review (Law Records)

The modern reggae-rock sound continues to evolve and improve. As of now it can almost stand alone as a sub-genre of reggae music. Bands like Rebelution, SOJA, JBB, and Groundation, just to name a few, have cemented their respective places in the reggae-rock world. Others, like Hawaii’s Iration are starting to make their mark. Their second full-length album ‘Time Bomb’ proves that they at least deserve a place at the table. ‘Time Bomb’ is full of catchy hooks, good vibes, and quality musicianship.

Stand out tunes include the painfully sad, yet brutally honest title track Time Bomb, and the simple, yet hopeful love song Falling, complete with quality harmonies and keyboards. Let Me Inside, Wait and See, and Get Back to Me showcase Iration’s ability to blend two styles with relative ease. Dream is a lazy, feel-good tune that encapsulates the laid -back Hawaiian culture.

‘Time Bomb’ is an album full of really good tunes, but not great ones. Iration shows they are talented musicians capable of creating a quality reggae-rock album that nearly every reggae fan can listen to and not feel the need to press the ‘fast-forward’ or ‘skip’ button. Recommended.


Iration - Time Bomb

Track Listing:
1. Time Bomb
2. Turn Around
3. Let Me Inside
4. Dream
5. You Don’t Know featuring Tunji
6. Get Back To Me
7. Coming Your Way
8. Wait and See (Album Version)
9. Changed My Mind
10. Love/Hate
11. All In You
12. Falling
13. The End

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Easy Star All- Stars ‘Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band’ Review (Easy Star)

Any Beatles fan might rightfully cringe if they were told that someone was going to do a remake of any Beatles record let alone ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, arguably one of the greatest albums of all-time in any genre. How could anybody even come close to matching such musical genius?!

Through the years the Easy Star All Stars have put forth their own reggae interpretation of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and Radiohead’s ‘O.K. Computer’ to critical acclaim and to the delight of reggae aficionados throughout the world. Those are two extremely difficult albums to try and replicate. However, one thing that reggae artists and bands have never been afraid of is the cover song. In fact, often times the reggae cover version of a track ends up being on the same level as the original, if not even a little bit better. There’s just something about the vibe of reggae music that lends itself to almost any tune imaginable. What is truly remarkable about Easy Star’s projects is that they managed to make them their own while maintaining the integrity and the feel of the originals. That is talent!

Easy Star All-Stars have now done the unthinkable with their latest effort ‘Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band’, a bold, yet unsurprising choice considering their aforementioned albums.

As you would expect, the album is put together exactly the way the Beatles put together Sgt. Pepper’s. The title track by Junior Jazz flows flawlessly into Luciano’s magnificent version of With a Little Help From My Friends. Ringo should be proud of ‘Jah Messenger’!

Veteran crooner Frankie Paul’s interpretation of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds is exceptional.

Roots Harmony trio The Mighty Diamonds ably handle Getting Better while the timeless and ever- talented Max Romeo impresses on Fixing a Hole.

Kirsty Rock does an admirable job on an upbeat version of the emotional She’s Leaving Home. Rankin’ Roger takes Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite and makes it all his own, adding a wicked chat that beautifully compliments the original instrumental interludes of the song. It is arguably one of the most impressive songs in the Beatle’s catalog and Rankin’ Roger definitely does it justice.

Matisyahu was a nice choice for George Harrison’s Within You Without You. His style and voice are a perfect fit. Sugar Minott’s sweet vocals are as good as ever on the fun and simplistic When I’m Sixty-Four.

Third World’s Bunny Rugs is in fine form on Lovely Rita. The legendary Daddy U-Roy is featured also and impresses with his usual toasting prowess.

The iconic Steel Pulse showcases their unending talents on Good Morning Good Morning.

A Day In The Life closes the set. Michael Rose, of Black Uhuru fame, does not disappoint.
In fact, he offers one of the highlights of the record. Menny More assists with McCartney’s part and comes up with one of the greatest moments of the album. He chats: “Woke up… Got outta bed….Dragged my fingers through my dreads.” Vintage!

‘Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band’ is an absolute classic! The music and other subtleties of the album are spot on. The Artists included are a veritable cornucopia of reggae talent. No music collection is complete without this album. The Easy Star All Stars have done it again, and will no doubt continue the trend long into the future! What’s Next? Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks”? “The White Album”? We’ll just have to wait and see. Whatever it is, rest assured, it will be world-class! Play on Easy Star…Play on!


Sunday, May 02, 2010

'Mirror' Riddim Review (Goldcup Records)

Italian- based label and production house Goldcup Records have kicked off 2010 with the 'Mirror' Riddim. 'Mirror' is a driving, modern-roots riddim that truly highlights the talent of the production team consisting of Luca Corellas, Marco Evangelista, Mattia Ragni, and Gabriele Rogari. They have created a top quality riddim which has attracted some of  reggae's finest international talent.
Bahamian born and raised Jah Nyne's How Do You Feel is pure magic as he asks hard questions of those that kill without conscience.
Hailing from Trinidad, the vastly underrated Khari Kill rides the riddim flawlessly with the title track Mirror, a lover's ballad as smooth as italian leather. He muses: "When people see us trodding together they're gonna pray for us to fall...The love we have is tight like a nut and a bolt."  A classic reggae simile revisited!
Born of an Italian mother and Nigerian Father, Lion D impresses with his jamaican patois on the uplifting Behold.
Jamaican Singjay extraordinaire Lutan Fyah is in top form on Too Long, a call for his 'perfect soulmate' to return. Lutan pines: "Too long, too long...woman, ya tek wey ya self ...ya keep mashin' up my went away an I've had lonely days...I pray that you will come back my way." Niceness everytime!
Nature refreshes with a superlative flow reminiscent of  fellow Jamaican Wayne Wonder on What Is This.
Ras Ijah of Trinidad and Jamaica's own Bushman are more than solid on One More Load.
Teflon's adept skills are evident on the positive and engaging Good Seeds while Italy's Ras Tewelde showcases his talents on  the faith-inspired Love The Life.
With the 'Mirror' riddim, Goldcup Records has signaled their intent to hang with the heavyweights of modern-roots reggae. Big tings a gwan fe Goldcup!

Track Listing:
1. Jah Nyne- How Do You Feel
2. Khari Kill- Mirror
3. Lion D- Behold
4. Lutan Fyah- Too Long
5. Nature- What Is This
6. Ras Ijah feat. Bushman- One More Load
7. Teflon- Good Seeds
8. Ras Tewelde- Love The Life

NOTE: The initial release consisted of the above tracks. The digital release has 8 additional tracks including tunes from Ray Darwin, Fred Locks, and many more!


Nature - Mirror Riddim