The liner notes of the second series of the Bobo Revolution compilation state, that label Maximum Sound “has excelled at making dancehall, vocals, deejay and roots records”. I couldn’t have put it better myself. I rank Maximum Sound and producer Frenchie among the best modern reggae producers.
The first Bobo Revolution was released three years ago and collected 21 massive tunes, ranging from Africa We’re From with Natty King to Show More Love by Turbulence.
The new Bobo Revolution also includes 21 cuts from well known singers and deejays such as Capleton, Sizzla, Chezidek and Luciano. And this compilation actually exceeds its predecessor. There are no fillers here, only killers. Not something I’m used to when it comes to compilations.
Bobo Revolution 2 offers nine well crafted rhythms, both originals and relicks, and all artists give powerful performances. The two that impress me the most are Turbulence and Jah Mason. Their songs are acoustic and actually work very well. Their fierce delivery contrasts nicely to the stripped instrumentation.
Some of the many highlights include Peetah Morgan’s Jesse James and Real Life by Jah Mali. It’s great to hear soul voiced Peetah Morgan over the rootsy Vineyard riddim, probably best known for Capleton’s All Is Well on his recent album, also included here. Jah Mali is an excellent singer that sadly has not done much recording in recent years. Here he proves that he has to step into the studio on a more frequent basis.
The only thing that might have done this excellent compilation ever better would’ve been dub versions to every rhythm. But nonetheless, I’m quite satisfied.