Rise Up Crew presents a new mix called Rise Up Selections – Lift Up Mine Eyes 94-97. As the title indicates, this mix is all about conscious reggae from mid 90’s. The selection is excellent and the mix well executed.
Included are well known artists such as Freddie McGregor, Junior Reid and Capleton, but also lesser familiar names – Philip Myaz, Natty Roy and Daniel Ray to name a few. There are several wicked cuts. Stand outs are Ras Shiloh’s Brass Gates on the riddim with the same name, Israel by Silver Cat and Garnett Silk’s doomsday sounding Every Knee Shall Bow. I also noticed Richie Stephen’s Give Me the Night on a revitalized version of the Baltimore riddim. It’s loosely based on George Benson’s funky disco hit from 1980 and is a well worth a listen.
Natural Selection – New Riddims & Co is the name of another great new mix. This one highlights 32 one drops from 2010 and a few parts from before. The mix starts of in fine style with Yami Bolo pleading War in the Garrison. However, the three following cuts are the real highlight. Jaguar Riddim from Swiss-based Weedy-G Soundforce is one of the better riddims I’ve heard in a while and The Majesty from Skarra Mucci is lethal.
Thanks to Rise Up Crew and jimbeyer84 for sharing their mixes on the Blood and Fire forum.