Monday, November 24, 2014

Coming Soon #90: The Verdict

"Guilty" by Tanya Stephens [Sanctum Entertainment]

So maybe it took an entire year but it has finally manifested as Tanya Stephens' latest release, 2013's "Guilty" is set to reach a full release as its plus one digital and CD version are on their way courtesy of Sanctum Entertainment and VPAL. I'd reached the point where I had somewhat forgotten about this album -- it certainly was not her best work to date -- and I think that a lot of others had as well -- but, though I wasn't amazed by it and am now even less so, "Guilty" was a Tanya Stephens album and, on that basis alone, it deserved a level of respect that it didn't get last December. As I alluded to, the once sixteen track album is now seventeen tunes long with no other obvious changes (besides the cover) and… yep, Tanya Stephens, if you missed it last year, here's another opportunity. 

Releases on December 2
CD + Digital 
"Don One: The Sound of Brooklyn" [Don One Sound]

VPAL also has a hand in bringing forth the next, very nice, entry on this post, "Don One: The Sound of  Brooklyn". I don't know how long Don One has been around but I also don't think that I can recall a time when he wasn't and, at least to my knowledge, this is the first compilation of its kind which is… kind of remarkable, particularly in the digital age. With a very long history behind them, as you would imagine the label has worked with some of the biggest names in Reggae music which is reflected in this piece which features the likes of Luciano, Yami Bolo, Glen Washington, Ken Boothe, Horace Andy and more. A very release which hopefully generates a nice bit of attention as well. 

Releases on December 2
CD + Digital
"Where Is The Love" by Everton Blender [Love Injection Productions]

Another veteran whose presence is hard to forget in Reggae music from someone my age is also back this week with a new project as Everton Blender links with Love Injection Productions from out of the UK for his latest studio release, "Where Is The Love". I had absolutely no idea this project was in the works and when we saw it, I was just as happy to hear from Love Injection as I was to hear from the Blender as it had been… quite a few years I believe from the last time the label did anything that we noticed (which may just be our fault). Of course you know precisely what to expect -- it is an Everton Blender album -- in a delightful blend of Roots and Lover's Rock music but such knowledge should only propel you into checking this one out which should be a very decent album. 

Releases Tomorrow
CD + Digital
"Real Life Stores" featuring Jessie Reds by TurbulenceLutan Fyah [Love Injection Productions]

Spider Ranks and Love Injection Productions have a double dose of works up for this week as they also have their hands in a fascinating set which brings together veteran chanters, Turbulence and Lutan Fyah. The former is a favourite of the label and has, at last check, released a pair of albums for LIP, including "Words of Wisdom" which was strong (and I'm now looking forward to digging up and hearing for the first time… since the last time). Off the top of my head, none of the songs here seem very familiar and I just like the idea of linking the two on an album and, as I said, LIP has brought goodness out of Turbulence in the past and I'm sure they can do it again. Jessie Red on track #11 after five from both Turbulence and Lutan Fyah. 

Releases Tomorrow
CD + Digital 
'Really Like You' featuring Protoje by Sara Lugo [Oneness Records]

Loaded and ready to go is the next single from Sara Lugo's blazing sophomore release, "Hit Me With Music" which features a bit of star power as chosen, not shockingly, was the Jazzified 'Really Like You', one of the three combinations from the album, this one featuring the always compelling Protoje. The Silly Walks produced piece had a delightful charm about it and, apparently, set to coincide with the release of the digital single is a forthcoming video for the tune as well. Definitely LOVE to see Lugo doing big things and this is a very nice idea and excellent touch for the new album and, definitely, biggup Oneness Records as well (the digital single actually features two songs, one of which, presumably, is an instrumental but I may be wrong about that). 

Releases on December 5
The Gully Bunx Riddim [Street Peeple Productions]

While every song on the Gully Bunx Riddim may not pick me up and drop me off somewhere that I really want to be (biggup Bredz for that RIDICULOUS analogy!) [WHAT!] [BOOM!], the composition, which comes via Street Peeple Productions is authentic Dancehall CANDY to my ears. From what I've heard, the consistently impressing Craig Ed East makes the best usage of the track with 'Mek Dem Talk', but you also have efforts from the likes of Menny More, Nkruma and others. Most thankful, however, is the fact that SPP were nice enough to include a clean version of the Gully Bunx which I am going to have A LOT of fun with.

Releases on December 9
The Travellers Riddim [Larger Than Life Records]

Check the latest composition from the well reliable people at Larger Than Life Records, the Travellers Riddim, with its very relaxed and easy vibes. As usual LTL has assembled a very impressive roster of vocalists which tackle the Travellers Riddim and, in just six vocals, do a whole heap of damage. Pressure Busspipe leads a group which also includes Gappy Ranks [twice], Bobby Hustle, Teflon and even Chino (they've also been nice enough to include a clean version of the riddim). The Travellers has a very (nice cover) BRIGHT vibes to it which is sublime to listen to here and biggup Larger Than Life Records who impress virtually every time you hear from them. 

Releases Tomorrow
The Honour Riddim [Dredda Records]

Finally, coming soon this week is a big new track courtesy of our friends at Dredda Records, the Honour Riddim. Dredda is another label which has shown themselves to be very dependable in making at least solid music and they've lost nothing of reputation with the Honour Riddim which, as a composition, may be the strongest on this post (it's really good and I LOVE the Gully Bunx and the Travellers) and they also give an instrumental as well. As far as the vocals those duties are given to another impressive lot which features, again, Pressure, Anthony B (big tune, 'Shine Your Light'), Chevaughn , of course Miriam Simone and others like Rapha Pico who impresses mightily on 'I'm A Dread'. 

Releases on December 2

In Stores Now
"Love In Your Meditation" by Dezarie [Benjamin Newton Records]

A surprise came a few days ago as, arranged, prepped and released is the latest album from Virgin Islands star, Dezarie, "Love In Your Meditation" from Benjamin Newton Records. Dezarie is one of those artists who has probably one of the most faithful followings in all of Reggae music and while I don't think that her musical works have found her in the studio very often over the past few years, it definitely has kept her busy on the road and, wonderfully, here's a new album for us as well. As was the case with much of her previous output "Love In Your Meditation" is produced by Ron Benjamin of Midnite and though I have only heard the title track thus far, I would be shocked if it didn't follow a similar course, in full, as what her fervent fans have come to expect from her. Should be very good. 

"Acoustic Frequency" by Jahcoustix [IrieVibrations Records]

Maybe it's just me but it seems as if 2014 has been a very good one for German Reggae music and it's gotten a lot more colourful recently with the re-release of one of the most popular records from 2013, "Frequency" by Jahcoustix. Instead of adding a track or two, Jahcoustix and the esteemed IrieVibrations have streamlined the music and emerged with "Acoustic Frequency". I started to listen to this album and I hadn't heard the original in some time and it just made me smile in hearing some of the favourites such as 'Fail Hard', 'Don't Shoot' and others, in this version, really re-ignited some of them and you know I'm now well on my way back to give "Frequency" another listen. You'll do that too but also be sure to check out "Acoustic Frequency" as well. 

"I Am Christy Campbell" by Admiral T [Elite Base]

And lastly this week we biggup Gwada fire breather Admiral T who returns with a big new album, "I Am Christy Campbell". I'm still working through this one but I have to say that the set, for the most part, seems to feature an easier type of vibes in comparison to some of the Admiral's earlier BRILLIANTLY CHAOTIC releases. Of course that isn't necessarily a bad thing as you'll hear on tunes such as 'Pa Ni Konfyans'  (and that song right after it which is… cavity causing for your ears). But he does give us occasional flashes of the fire which remains (like on the closer). Kalash, Clayton Hamilton and Nyla all feature one the most captivating albums of 2014. 

CD + Digital

Friday, November 21, 2014

"Redemption" by Jah Bless!

"Redemption" by Jah Bless [Zion High Productions]
For good ideas. From ever since the Zion I Kings collective began their magnificent run, dating back a few years now, I thought that given some of the amazing compositions they were churning out that it would be an excellent thought if they were ever to do an entirely instrumental set. This could have been an instrumental of a previously released vocal album, a Dub album or a set which featured on particular player of instrument. I didn't care! Anything would have sufficed! They did give us glimpses of this throughout the years with pieces featuring the likes of, of course, Tuff Lion and someone else as well. That individual, saxophone ace Jah Bless, apparently made a big impression on the ZIK and Zion High Productions especially as Jah Bless and ZHP now team up for an album which continues the fine run of both ZHP and the ZIK and, hopefully, is the first of many of its kind, "Redemption". Today I thought that we'd take a closer look at the album and give a nice look at a very colourful and unique album which you are sure to enjoy, "Redemption" by Jah Bless. 

{Note: …okay so I figured out that it is a lot easier to write a review for an instrumental album in a track-by-track style}

1. 'Highway To Zion'

The afore-alluded to opener of "Redemption", 'Highway To Zion', is a song which you should know quite well as it previously appeared on Zion High Productions' MAMMOTH compilation from 2012, "Jah Golden Throne" (which does not at all seem nearly as old as the two and half years that it really is) (time FLIES!). On that album, where it was the closer, it was a sublime touch to a set which didn't need much in the way of help but certainly was a better release for it is presence. Here, as you can see, it is featured prominently and with good reason. The first thought in listening to 'Highway To Zion' is in regards to just how damn SMOOTH the piece is (there are no bumps on the highway to Zion) but as you listen to it more and more it does slightly intensify to my opinion. Though you'll find flashier material here, this one does have more than it seems on the surface, initially so give it a moment. It is also, clearly, one of the best songs on the album and the single track which does feature the handiwork of the Tuff Lion.

2. 'Militant Swing'

'Militant Swing' which comes next has more of a dusty and 'dubby' of feel to it but something which it most certainly does share with its predecessor (and most of the better songs on "Redemption") is just how expansive it becomes with the more attention that you give to it. It is complicated from the first listen but it becomes even more so as it goes about and, I should also mention how, whether by design and plan or not, you definitely feel a MARCH to this song, particularly at its 'chorus'. Credit hoes to a Jarritt Shield and Don Hylor Jr. who play the trumpet and trombone on the track, respectively, helping to make for a very solid sound. Oh and I LOVE the way 'Militant Swing' ends. 

3. 'Lightning and Thunder'

I was really looking forward to hearing 'Lightning and Thunder' because, from its title, I was well expecting something with a bit more of an attitude and some bite and that is what it turned out to be though, again, in a more subtle way. 'Lightning and Thunder' also is a little freer than the first two songs and you'll hear Jah Bless DANCING his way through much of the composition, making for what is definitely one of the most memorable and lasting moments here. 

4. 'Heartbeat Horns'

The world needs love and 'Heartbeat Horns' goes about doing its part in effusing enjoyment through the earth with what is sure to be one of the favourites from "Redemption". You may recognize this track from the aforementioned "Jah Golden Throne" album where it backed Jahdan Blakkamoore (who could really be nice to us all by making a new album next year) on 'World Needs Love' and it returns here for Jah Bless and company to thrill on as well. A large part of that 'company' includes Dean Fishback who hypnotizes and spellbinds on the piano and it is also one of the songs on the album featuring Tippy I from I Grade Records (biggup I Grade) on an instrument, the clavinet, and if I knew exactly what a clavinet was, I'd love to give him a bigger credit for that but I am sure that he does a good job on it. This is a piece which will definitely get you moving and there's nothing wrong with that. 

5. 'Dance With My Father'

'Dance With My Father' is actually a remake of an old Luther Vandross song and Jah Bless doesn't take it alone as also featured on vocals is a favourite of Zion High Productions, Chet Samuel. This is a Reggaefied remake, but I also hear a great deal of Jazz here and I REALLY like what happens on 'Dance With My Father' around the four minute moment when it gets a bit more relaxed and loose and a lot of different things begin to happen and you can just envision how much fun they must have had in the studio creating it. 

6. 'Jah Children Must Play'

I don't imagine that this is the type of tune which is going to steer a significant amount of attention paid to "Redemption" in its direction and that's too bad really because 'Jah Children Must Play' is FANTASTIC. After, thankfully, escaping what I thought was the possibility that we might have to actually hear the children playing throughout the entire song (you were thinking it too when you first heard it), it absolutely blossomed! I hear a lot of MOVEMENT on this song and that is the case both at its nascence as well as when it picks up considerably and it is a very nice sound to be able to 'play'. I made the connection that at its beginning you're kind of walking along and, later, you start to run. You may not have a specific destination, or you might, but you're running for the last minute of 'Jah Children Must Play' and, to my opinion, you're taking it to the level of being the second best song on this album. BOOM! 

7. 'Armageddon'

The only song which actually betters 'Jah Children Must Play' to my opinion is the one which chases it on the album, 'Armageddon'. TEARS! This piece well carries the ammunition and the bite and the intensity I was looking for and it drags it straight to the top. Even when things settle down, they do so in a way which well maintains the initial burst of energy on the song and that same sound does come back and come back and come back! Something else which also stands out besides the strength of the song is its mood. Around a minute and a half in, it gives you this sublime break… and then it BUILDS you right back up for another pinnacle [WHAT!] [BOOM!]. 'Armageddon' features the venerable Dean Pond on drums and Tippy I on pretty much everything else and is the single best stop on "Redemption".

8. 'Be Strong'

The much more relaxed and thoroughly sublime 'Be Strong' features another very familiar vibe (of course I can't identify where I know it from but I almost certain that I do) which is used to near perfection in this instance. I have to say that 'Be Strong' is a song on which Jah Bless may be outshined as the guitar work by both Earl 'Chinna' Smith and Ras Abijah (and Jah David on bass) stays with you just as much as the saxophone on the tune. Together, however, they make a special blend and one which is very nice to your ears.

9. 'Lessons of Life'

I had all kinds of fun dealing with 'Lessons of Life' (the song, not literally, some of  them were fun but so many of them were painful) (… and they still are) because of its kind 'roughly refined' sound. There is a polish on this sound and it is polished in abundance but 'Lessons of Life' is also kind of grimy at times. There is an almost electric vibe to the guitar (which is played by either Chet Samuel or Ronnie Moses) and the song's first 'verse' which features Jah Bless with the 'toot' as my Wife calls it, both of which have this infectiously organic and unplanned feel to them. And I also HAVE to mention the keyboard which is most subtle and comes via Ras Klamps.

10. 'Journey For Love'

It is an easy statement to make, given the title, but I certainly DO hear a love song on 'Journey For Love'. I hear moods and a kind of easy emotion to the song (but that's just my opinion, I also hear a flute which apparently is not really there). 'Journey For Love' has an interesting quality about it because I think that it is probably about half as long as I would have liked. When it reaches its end it almost seems as if it is just getting re-enthused and energized and then it begins to fade. What it does do in its time, however, is make a very nice impact on the listener and is amongst the songs on "Redemption" which I've listened to most. 

11. 'Tradition'

Jah David shines as bright as he does at any point on the album in providing the downright candy-like bass for 'Tradition'. With that thing behind you, you could pretty much do anything atop it and, thankfully Jah Bless does put forth a strong effort and one which, given its tone, was probably best. 'Tradition' despite having more flashy moments, sounds kind of quiet and comfortable to my ears and you have these effects kind of spiced in throughout (especially later on, however) which do give it an edge but every time I hear this song what leaps out is that damn bass-line. BOOM! 

12. 'Beautiful Mama'

The saxophonist takes the lead again on 'Beautiful Mama' and dazzles. I may not know exactly how to express what I'm trying to say here but there is a very nice 'backing singer' type of effect on 'Beautiful Mama'. I don't know if they doubled it or if they had another one playing but there is a saxophone behind Jah Bless which is so fascinating and it, and not the very surprising fifty-second long electric guitar solo, is what stands out most from 'Beautiful Mama'. You hear it on other songs as well but it is highlighted, at least to my ears, on this composition.

13. 'Power of The Trinity'

The 'chorus' on 'Power of The Trinity' is golden. It is one of the best on the whole of 'Redemption' and I basically 'started' at that point and spread out in listening to the track. What I found joining it was a song which, again, ranks very highly on the album in my opinion. This song got my head moving and really brought a smile to my face and I don't know if that was the thought here (though I suspect that it was) but I look at 'Power of The Trinity' as a very HAPPY tune. As it progressed (at right around four minutes) you hear echoes and background sounds which just really push the moment even further but it didn't need it. A gem! 

14. 'Redemption'

And finally the title track from "Redemption" ends things on a rolling note. This is a song to take a ride to if you have something on your mind and you need to think it through, 'Redemption, the song is your prescription. Checking in at more than six minutes long it is the longest selection on the album named after it by more than a minute and I think that they needed that long to make the point. What I hear is, as I tried to say, different states of mind on the same journey but it has a kind of 'complete' feel to it. So maybe it is about letting things go and finding some type of finality on things that have been bothering you and causing stress, which would definitely tie back into the title of the piece. 'Redemption' also does have its bright moments and, again, though I'm sure I cannot explain it (but you know that I'll try) it has a signature sound which is very bright and vibrant and you hear this thing, ever-present, and occasionally you can even kind of hear it in the background as well which is so nice because it almost seems like some piece of joy trying to interrupt some sadness.

So, while Reggae album shelves aren't exactly brimming with instrumental albums and especially not modern ones, I think that this is a very solid addition. "Redemption" is a very HEALTHY album at more than an hour in length over fourteen tracks and though I did say I would have liked some of the songs (especially one of them) a bit longer, that may just be…  because I am a nerd but I definitely recommend this one to fans of the genre both new and old given its close relations to other very new material. Of course that "other very new material" comes courtesy of Zion High Productions and the Zion I Kings which, in "Redemption" by Jah Bless add yet another jewel to their crown.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Ride Tru" With Midnite!

"Ride Tru" by Midnite [I Grade Records]
1. 'Calm The Day'
2. 'To Them'
3. 'To Ge Da'
4. 'Restore'
5. 'Credited'
6. 'Conquering Lion'
7. 'Voices of The Remnancy'
8. 'Haile Selassie I The First Time'
9. 'Arise Again'
10. 'I Beseech Jah' featuring Pressure
11. 'Worry Free'
12. 'How I & I Carry On'
13. 'Ride Tru'

So, while we were just talking about them -- both of them -- yesterday as they came together earlier this year for the sterling "Beauty For Ashes" set, apparently ONE time this year simply is not enough and, again, Midnite and I Grade Records with the Zion I Kings come together for what should be another giant offering, "Ride Tru" which is reportedly set to reach early next month. Though I was definitely surprised to see a second Midnite/I Grade Records release, I probably should not have been as with only two official albums to 'their' credit between the aforementioned "Beauty For Ashes" and August's "Stand The Test" from Iaahden Sounds (and, technically, there was also the dubbed out version of "Better World Rasta", though that hasn't come as a full release just yet), it hasn't been the typically [over] active year for Vaughn Benjamin and company. On top of that, the prospects of a virtually immediate follow-up to "Beauty For Ashes" (an album with corners and crevices which I'll probably spend years exploring) (and one which I believe was quite popular) is downright appetizing to say the least. 

And I've been fortunate to have a healthy listen to "Ride Tru" today (biggup I Grade Records) and I already have some impressions. Of course I have to save most of them but I will say just a little… because you know I can't help myself. First of all, I think that when compared to its predecessor, "Ride Tru" is a 'darker’ album. It does feature its more 'effervescent' moments (I always wanted to use that word) but "Ride Tru" appears to be more straightforward wizardry from Vaughn Benjamin. There is a song here, 'Credited', which I believe is the album's first single (something AMAZING is going on with the riddim of that piece) and that is emblematic of the sound of many of the songs on the album in my opinion. 'Credited', which is gorgeous is amongst my early favourites from "Ride Tru" and it is joined by the opener, 'Calm The Day' ["A cacophony of a barrage of words of a side-track of a deviate"], 'Conquering Lion' [TEARS!], the seven minutes + title track, 'I Beseech Jah' which, once again, unites Midnite and Pressure Busspipe and 'Haile Selassie I The First Time' as well. The album's biggest two selections (again, from a very early listen and I'll likely change my mind before I finish writing this) (… and then be far, FAR too lazy to go back and change it) are the magical 'To Them' and 'Voices of The Remnancy'. The former is an all kinds of DAMAGING [BOOM!] tribute to His Majesty which has this EASY sound to it which is almost overwhelming at times but in a most subtle way. 

"The Lamb that return yah with a Lion head
Humble and perfected inna righteousness
All di like-minded know they needed strength
When goals line up along allegiances
That's when realizations overtake them when -
Di magnitude and scope of what they stand against
Turned into entire, whole world events" 

TEARS! CRYING RIGHT NOW! NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT! NOTHING! 'Voices of The Remnancy', which also has a fantastic track behind it, is a tribute of another kind as Benjamin honours some of Reggae music's champions who have transitioned, including Buggy Rugs ["TEN THOUSAND SOLDIERS, NINETY-SIX DEGREES"] and Bob Marley ["Rastas right now ah celebrating right close with Marley. THERE IS NO CLOSER PROXIMITY TO ETERNITY"]. And I could go on and on and you know I want to!

But we'll save judgment until a full listen and You too simply have to check out the second Midnite/I Grade Records album of the year when "Ride Tru" reaches stores in December.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Completely Random Thoughts: MOISTURIZE YOUR CIRCUITRY!

"Beauty For Ashes" by Midnite [I Grade Records - 2014]
So it was my intent to attempt the ridiculous and write a Lyrics! feature for Vaughn Benjamin (as if narrowing that down to ten favourites is just… something I could do in an afternoon or something like that) and I'd actually started on an album that I had been listening to a lot lately, "Cipheraw" (Vault Review coming soon) (or something like that) and I got some material from it and it really helped me get started re-writing a review for that album and I went through a few others as well - trying to spread it out. Still, I have to say that it was "Beauty For Ashes", Midnite's pillaring set from earlier this year for I Grade Records and the Zion I Kings which has most caught my attention as, definitely, two of my favourite verses that Benjamin has ever done were written for that album. And I knew that in the back of my head but listening to the album brought it back crystal clear. I should also say that there're so many more from that album and, from a quality standpoint, I may even prefer one or two that I’m not going to mention but these two have just trapped my entire brain and absolutely refuse to let me go! 

The first is Benjamin's first full stanza from 'When Jah Arise' (although I suppose you could call it his second if you like), a tune which features him alongside another dominant lyricist, Lutan Fyah.

"Almighty Jah who is partial to none
Reigneth upon all!
Receiveth rainwater for the body - 
Stand tall and don't fall
Recall the reason that the sun serves us all

This is fairly simple when compared to some of the wordy acrobatics Benjamin performs on other tunes (like 'All i's On You', still the best song on the album in my opinion) ["Twenty million hits with diverse fused news, a ruse to diffuse a social current that is in marching shoes"] [WHAT!] but it hits me so hard because, if you follow it, it is nothing but directions to prosperity. The first two lines, like the final one are statements and between them Benjamin tells you what to do. The one which stands out most, obviously:


Is halting! Not only is there a musical pause of sorts just ahead of it but if you were to "moisturize your circuitry" … doesn't  that sound so nice! The song makes you thirsty! And I think that was the intent of Benjamin's to have listeners focus on the smallest details, like a glass of water, which can be amongst the most fulfilling. And the, sequentially, from the very next song on the album, there's this:

"It's these kind of things to be careful with
Rasta seen countenance fall and broken spirit
Just uplift out of it how Jah create and insist
And the legislative whip was the laws of uplift
Whip is governmental title inna politics 
Whip was also inna slavery, ah perform wickedness
Dem psychology trigger nerve and how dem touch it
Personal responsibility to each human unit of livity
Simple respect make a people in prosperity 
The ebb and the flow, the give and take of living, moving currency
King Selassie I speak out against isolationist policy
Human sovereignty where people still retain their dignity
And play a part inna how things run inna fi dem community
Situation where none can shut up loyalty
Gonna do the best they can to enhance the country
And some of them will face the sun
Some of them with tenacity
There's a fusing of culture and diversity"

This one I love for so many reasons but the prevailing one is that I think that it is THE passage of the album which tells you everything that you need to know about "Beauty For Ashes" (but you know you need to listen to the other twelve songs on this album, right?). For me, what was so impressive lyrically about that album was how Benjamin, essentially, took one topic -- UNITY -- and dissected it and ripped it apart and reassembled it in thirteen songs. Bringing people together is one of the major topics of discussion in Reggae music, you'll find more albums focusing almost entirely on the subject and probably thousands of individual songs as well. But strictly from the written aspect, I don't know that anyone has ever done it like Vaughn Benjamin did it on "Beauty For Ashes". There are genuine gems here but these days I look closest at:


Alone, that doesn't make any sense, it isn't a complete thought but when you place it in the frame of the words ahead of it and behind it, it starts to GLOW! That is particularly true when you attach it to these two: 

"King Selassie I speak out against isolationist policy
Human sovereignty where people still retain their dignity"

He's saying that no one is to be excluded! And, in total, you can say that the album is one about standing up for "every simple one inna I-manity". All of us! Surely I'm still in the process of breaking down this album and I'll likely only be finished when I stop breathing (or lose my hearing) but right now 'Same Boat We' and 'When Jah Arise' are proving to be ample sources of downright DELICIOUS mental food.