Collie Weed Riddim (7”) 2010 Not Easy At All Prods/Jah Solid Rock
The ‘riddim’ release has an undeniable magnitude in reggae music industry. Since the heydays of Jamaican roots music till nowadays that it opens a platform for new artists to rise, provides an every time, welcomed update to oldies and foundation tunes , and one may say that it is even responsible for the ceaseless resistance of the reggae addicts 7inch format!
Still, riddims come and go, every month, year after year, and maybe due to the high demanding crazy business labels, little stick around in the turntables enough time to be really appreciated…
As 2010 approaches it´s end, I´ve little doubt that anyone will bring some better effort that outcomes ZonaReGGae choice for Riddim of the Year, The Collie Weed Riddim!
Release in March, Collie Weed riddim was the first release from much talked about cooperation between famous record label Jah Solid Rock Music and Not Easy At All Productions crew!
Joining forces with the aim of bringing back original roots reggae vibe, just before the partnership was established both attested what they were able, wid the full album releases from: Dutch rising star Benaissa ‘Tables Turn’ (2008,SilverKamel/Jah Solid Rock), and Jamaican, Bunny Wailer protégé, Wild Life debut album ‘Too Tuff’ (2009,Not Easy At All)
For Collie Weed, they added Jamaicans Earl 16, Chezidek and Dutch Lloyd De Meza to the aforementioned, providing a wide range of vocal styles and tones to an amazing early 80T´s revival, bassline driven Roots BIG BIG tune!
From the, well placed horns arrangements, a bit of nice rub-a-dub groove between the drum & bass combination and a, here and there, smooth rocking guitar riffs (letting you waiting more!), everything is perfect in this nowadays roots masterpiece, and the guest voices all do a great work in providing amazing feelings, vibes and conscious lyrics.
Earl 16, as always, bring an amazing sweet flow in Fittest of the Fittest, talking about nowadays lack of leadership to guide us into the righteous ways of Survival in Babylon.
Chezidek brings one of the strongest tunes from his new album ‘Judgment Time’, giving praises to the hayah powers in Walk with Jah; and Wildlife singjays in powerful style about ‘Ganja Yard’, a tune already released in the Too Tuff album.
Benaissa brings, in I opinion, the power play version, wid African Blood, an emotive cryout to the decreasing of African roots & culture maintenance.
Collie Weed riddim is definitely a conscious reality check all over; musically uplifted by a high demanding production level! The best welcome card that Jah Solid and Not Easy Al All could have bring to show the riddim makers they´re ready to be the talk of the town!
Already running things in the Netherlands; they also brought one of the best full album from Chezidek till now, with Judgment time, and already on the works brand new releases coming alongside The Maytones, Earl 16, Junior Marvin or Apple Gabriel!
Wake up the town, there´s a new sound around!
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