A few months later Gappy Ranks dropped the EP Rising Out of the Ghetto, mainly dancehall based, including the hit tune Stinkin’ Rich.
The new album only bears a slight resemblance to the EP. It’s rather in the style of his hit song Heaven in Her Eyes from 2009, namely classic vintage rhythms with fresh vocals.
Heaven in Her Eyes was produced by Peckings. He’s also behind most of the productions on Put the Stereo On. The few tracks he didn’t produce are in the same vein, which contributes to the album’s homogenous sound.
Gappy Ranks is undoubtedly a talented artist with his own means of expression. His patois-heavy singin/singjay style has something pleasantly desperate about it, especially in the songs with a higher tempo.
Best is duet Soul Rebel with veteran Nereus Joseph, based on Lee Perry’s immortal Soul Rebel rhythm, or Heavy Load, a scorcher produced by Frenchie on the Creation Rebel rhythm originally from Studio One. The version used here is however signed by Bunny Lee.
It’s a real pleasure to note that Peckings has dusted off the great Treasure Isle rhythm I Can’t Hide, originally recorded by the versatile and way too under recorded Ken Parker.
The many great rhythms utilized on Put the Stereo On can hopefully introduce vintage reggae music to a whole new generation, so they can discover all this incredible music they didn’t know existed.