August 27, 2012
One-drop reggae is back and riding high
( l - r ) Turbulence, Nesbeth - File photos
Whoever declares that one-drop reggae is dead needs to think again as the recently released Yard Rock riddim, a House of Hits project, shows that the genre is just ready to scale new heights.
Produced by the trio of Omar 'I-mar' Pickett, Elvis 'Fleego' Grant and Damian 'Tef' Forbes, this project has emerged as a contender for one of the top reggae rhythm in the year 2012.
The rhythm kicks off with the ice-cream smooth Feels Good, a duet performed by Prophesy and Stream. Prophesy is one of the most accomplished singers on the local reggae scene and he shows the full range of his amazing voice on this love ballad, Feels Good, where he combines with the super-talented Stream. The two have great chemistry and you can hear both artistes bleeding all over the track as they sing about the sweet caresses of romantic love. This single is the standout track on the riddim.
Nesbeth's Rasta Take Over is an excellent addition to Nesbeth's great repertoire of songs where he sings a song about a Rastafarian winning the love of a girl with the chest-thumping boast . He sings: ah rasta tek over yu heart/used to act tough, but now mi get yu soft/used to serious, but mi mek yu laugh. Over the years, Nesbeth has evolved into a brilliant writer who paints great portraits with his words.
most resonant voices
Blessed with one of the most resonant voices in the industry, Turbulence is in his element on Your Love and his passion erupts all over the track as he sings about the love of his life.
Cen C Love has emerged as one of the fiercest young reggae voices in the game today and she is on her game with the evocative Battleship which draws metaphors between love and war. The red hot rookie, Droop Lion, has one of the most commanding voices and he uses his marvellous talent to great effect on That's How My Love Is. He recently signed a recording deal with House of Hits and here, he shows why he is so highly regarded with a real monster of a song, one of the standout songs on the rhythm.
Lady G is one of the biggest female dancehall acts that Jamaica has ever produced but as the years have passed, she has mellowed and matured into a talented vocalist in her second act as a reggae artiste. Blessed with stunning good looks and an incredible figure, Lady G still radiates a voluptuous sex appeal that gives added meaning to the imagination of men as she promises her heart - and other delights - on I Love You.
There are useful songs such as Lymie Murray's Baby I Love You and Blaq Capone's Closer that round off this wonderfully produced riddim project. The singles were recently released on iTunes and a host of other download sites. Go get it, you won't be disappointed.
1. Prophesy and Stream - Feels Good
2. Nesbeth - Rasta Take Over
3. Lutan Fyah - Baby Don't Cry
4. Hezron - What's the Plan
5. Righteous - Heaven
6. Turbulence - Your Love
7. Cen C Love - Battleship
8. Droop Lion - That's How My Love Is
9. Lady G - I Love You
10. Lymie Murray - Baby I Love You
11. Macka Diamond - Touring
12. Mikey General - Nothing to Lose
13. Blaq Capone - Closer