Album Review: Way Back Riddim
At least once a year Akom Records is back with a new riddim selection, and this time one is tempted to say that they are way back. Bassist Faby and drummer David composed and produced this relaxed 84 BPM, revivalist '80s rub-a-dub style riddim in D major. Dub Akom from Marseille, France are one of Europe’s major players in modern roots. They’re as convincing in studio as they are on stage as backing band, with a consistent output of top-ranking one riddim selections and a sure hand to select A artists as well as fresh talents that both deliver A+.
The Way Back Riddim is mixed to focus on vocals and bass, lyrics unfold fully, thus too much simplicity and lack of imagination in penning them would dilute the result. Backing vocals are a must on this one. The selection comes with twelve voiced versions and the instrumental. On board are mostly Dub Akom frequent flyers with platinum status: Konshens, Pressure, Lukie D, Jah Marnyah, Jah Mason, Turbulence, Lutan Fyah, and Jahnett Tafari, plus Johnny Osbourne himself, Million Stylez (together with Lutan), and brand new from outta Jamaica Jah Torius and Di Ras. A 10″ vinyl release coming later this year comes with two unreleased tracks.
Creating conscious awareness is the order on the Way Back Riddim, only Konshens and Pressure chose lovers tunes. Turbulence is somewhere in between with his Step Without Fear, a legalize-it-now ganja lovers anthem. The selection wouldn’t be complete without Montserrat’s Jah Marnyah, who inspires to Reach Out for your goals and get what you want. The only veteran Johnny Osbourne shows how it was done back in the days and asks a question still as urgent as it was then: Why must there be war? “We need love…”
The Way Back Riddim selection is great to enhance sitting outside and reminiscing on a mild summer evening, but will equally smooth roots sets in the dancehall. With a decent old school feel as way back in the days, leading the way in 2014.
LISTEN TO THE FULL SELECTION HERE:
Various Artists - Way Back Riddim
DIGITAL RELEASE [Akom Records]
Release date: 05/27/2014
01. Konshens - Let Me Go
02. Pressure - Crazy Love
03. Jah Torius - The System Evil
04. Luckie D - Calling
05. Jah Marnyah - Reach Out
06. Jah Mason - Dem A Fight
07. Di Ras - Heathen
08. Turbulence - Step Without Fear
09. Million Stylez & Lutan Fyah - Revelation Time
10. Johnny Osbourne - Why
11. Lorenzo - Warrior
12. Jahnett Tafari - Heathen Rage
13. Dub Akom - Way Back Riddim