"Unstoppable" by Cali P [Hemp Higher Music]
1. Jah Rule The World
3. D' Sunne Schiint featuring Phenomden
4. Sweet Greens
5. Wine Up
6. As One featuring Stress
8. Mek She Feel It
9. No Way
10. Dat A Wah Mi Prefer
11. African Queen
12. Tell Me Why [REMIX] featuring Lowkey
13. As Long As U There
14. Nobody Better
15. Don't Give Up
16. Strong As I Can Be
17. Love & Understanding
Well! As it turns out we've suddenly caught a significant stretch of releases in 2011 as, following big and much anticipated projects from Warrior King and J-Boog and just ahead of another, from I Wayne (and maybe Macka Diamond also), the impressive Gwada/Swiss chanter, Cali P, is set to deliver his own album, his second, later this week - "Unstoppable".
Besides having a title which is absolutely MAD (!), the album follows Cali's very well received debut set, "Lyrical Faya", from 2008 and arrives at what may just be the perfect time in regards to the artist's current popularity. The first album was done for Pow Pow from out of Germany and, if you know anything about that label, they stick predominately to modern Roots Reggae music. However, in recent times Cali P has been mostly associated with the Switzerland based Hemp Higher label, ran by one "Riga". They most certainly DO NOT do Roots Reggae, thus, what we've seen in regards to Cali P over the past year or so has been quite the change in styles going from the solid one-drop of Pow Pow to what HH (from PP, to HH???) does.
'D'Sunne Schiint' w/Phenomden
What do they do? Riga makes a kind of Dancehall (with a bit of Hip-Hop colour) which is more than a little intensified. It sounds like FWI Dancehall from a few years back. And this is what Cali has been doing for quite some time now which has obviously endeared him to the skiing/snowboarding community (everyone, EVERYONE, likes Reggae music) who're likely to go mad over this project with its more colourful approach. It does very much help that he's good at it, however, I would imagine that some fans (perhaps myself included) will go through the set longing for at least one solid Roots track. While that may not come (and it won't), what will is a technical advancement in Cali as a lyricist. Already well talented, "Unstoppable", for all of its many attractions, presumes to feature Cali P at the height of his wordly powers and really tuned in for a very important moment in his career.
The album does feature a few familiar moments such as 'As One' with Stress, 'Wine Up', 'Dat A Wah Mi Prefer' (over HH's most recent release, the Moonlight Riddim, which I think we told you about yesterday) and 'D'Sunne Schiint' which features Phenomden. Curiously absent, however, is the BIG 'Wine Now', a tune on which Cali P was joined by the monstrously talented Achis Reggae favourite, Sara Lugo.
'As One' w/Stress
I was really impressed by the first album and well looking forward to the followup and while I would have preferred a more Reggae-centric spin, I will definitely be sinking my claws into this one.
"Unstoppable" by Cali P is in stores Friday, October 7.