Alborosie, Specialist & Friends is a compilation of 27 Alborosie duets with the crème de la crème of reggae. The duets range from deejays such as Busy Signal and Shabba Ranks to veterans Mykal Rose and Ranking Joe. He has also managed to get Kymani Marley on board on three tracks, two of which are Bob Marley covers.
The riddims range from old school roots to bouncy dancehall. Somewhere in between, Alborosie also adds some nice hip-hop vibes and lovers rock flavor. The broad span impresses a lot since there’s not a weak or dull moment on these two discs. However, Can’t Let You Go, together with Nikki Burt, is a bit weird, since its chorus is very similar to 80’s hit song Take My Breath Away. Alborosie has obviously been watching Top Gun.
A bunch of the tracks are easily available on Alborosie’s three full length albums, for example Money, Mama She Don’t Like You and I Can’t Stand It. But included are also gems like Ganja Dan, a duet with Jah Sun, and Meditation, a combination with Sizzla, tunes that I had never heard before.
This is an essential purchase for any Alborosie fan, reggae aficionado or music lover.