Album Review: Raspect Riddim
Munich‘s best Oneness Records have a new one riddim selection ready: the Raspect Riddim. This mellow 73 BPM riddim in F sharp minor had its first appearance on Fyah T & Next Generation Family‘s album Familywise released last year.
Fyah T & Next Generation Family, the producers of the Raspect Riddim, have chosen an interesting array of artists to voice their gem, ranging from today‘s top-ranking names in the conscious reggae world to promising and highly talented rookies.
With its steady, comforting bass line and mystical, hopeful synthesizer sounds, the Raspect Riddim is an instant pleaser. A slightly dirty rock guitar adds additional spice. Perfect Giddimani demands respect for His Imperial Majesty, as “only, only, only Haile alone see [his] troubles”. With his voice sweet as honey, yet of firm conviction, Haile Alone is one of the strongest and most impressive sufferer tunes of 2012.
Gambian brother Rebellion the Recaller tackles a similar topic, but his smoky and slightly rough voice adds a soothing touch to Carry On. The MessenJah Luciano delivers as always, stating his firm will to fight in Jah Army over a riddim customized with an acoustic guitar. Lutan Fyah demands not only discipline to carry out Jah will, but asks each and everyone to show Respect And Manners. His message of a peaceful revolution - “Selassie I no run no wire fence” - is more topical than ever. Munich singjay Fyah T proves with No Raspect that he has the ability to ride a riddim with ease just like the big names, despite his young age. Without any doubt, each and every listener can subscribe to his crying out for respect from the forces of Babylon that try to keep us down continually.
With the Raspect Riddim, Fyah T & Next Generation Family and Oneness Records release a selection that is of both musically and vocally outstanding quality. It sounds perfectly modern, yet seems aware of its roots. The Raspect selection is a hot candidate for the European riddim of the year.
LISTEN TO THE RIDDIM MEGAMIX
Various Artists - Raspect Riddim
DIGITAL RELEASE [Oneness Records, Family Music]
Release date: 9/28/2012
01. Only Haile Alone - Perfect
02. No Raspect - Fyah T
03. Heart of a Lion - Crosby
04. Jah Army - Luciano
05. Respect & Manners - Lutan Fyah
06. Carry On - Rebellion the Recaller
07. Herbs - Steve Machete
08. Pretty or Cute - Ras Charmer
09. Like a Rose - Edge Michael
10. Lootin' & Shootin' - Fantan Mojah
11. Nuh Bad Mind Friend - Ras Muhammad
12. Sensimilla - Dome
13. Take a Stand - Isiah Mentor
14. Blue Sky - Kaya T
15. Horizon - Baby G
16. When It Ago Over - Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal
17. Da Schau Ma Moi - Da Brenner
18. Raspect Riddim Version