YT’s album Revolution Time explodes with fierce digital dancehall riddims, upon which the MC keeps it irie with talented and timely vocals. While guests Mungo’s Hi Fi, Solo Banton, and Mr. Williamz alone make this worth a listen, YT holds his own on the microphone on these strong tracks. Lead (and downloadable) single “Forward To Reality" is an indictment of modern times, "World News" gives the Dutty Diseases riddim an excellent workout, while closer "Heathen Agenda" is smooth with an upbeat vibe - balance is the key here, as YT includes a lot of different styles within the reggae-sphere. A nice mixtape from Ashanti Yard is available as well…
Daddy Skitz’s “Never” is a UK hip-hop banger with a well-sung catchy chorus. Featuring Rodney P, Roots Manuva, Darrison and Solo Banton, the latter two taking care of the hook and the intro respectively. The verses are spit with class, and the Attack The Block-style video fits the grittiness of the track. This is top-quality ‘shouldn’t be underground’ music.
United Forces of Dub, undoubtedly at the forefront of the Czech dub/reggae scene, have a monster rolling riddim in Amiga, which then gets treated well by every vocalist atop it. Here’s the whole EP as a continuous track, as well as a video for Juakali’s “Revolution Now.” Found via Solo Banton (confident opener “Stand Tall”), this also features a very talented turn from Fireson and some fiery female vocals from Dada Afrik & Kalcia. Really a nice groove throughout, this was an unexpected find:
As one of the standouts on digital-dub label Jahtari, Solo Banton finds a balance between past and future. His style alternates between fierce and boastful, inspirational and confrontational, often over the lilting digital riddims of label-head Disrupt. The new Music Addict EP is out now, here’s one track off of that as well as last year’s “No.”