Alpheus takes it from the foundation

London born singer Alpheus has together with talented Spanish producer Roberto Sánchez managed to create one of the better albums I’ve heard in a while.

From Creation consists of sixteen tunes of pure ska and rocksteady magic recorded with live instruments. There are twelve vocal cuts, two instrumentals and two dub versions. Seven of the tracks are relicks of riddims from producer Coxsone Dodd and the more obscure – but just as great – Phil Pratt. The other five are written by the duo themselves.

And interestingly enough the tunes penned by the duo are just as good as the relicks. The haunting Far Away and the stomping We Are Strong could easily have been written in the 60’s.

Alpheus singing is inspired. By the natural way he rides the riddims it certainly seems like he has enjoyed the time in the studio. His powerful tenor is deep, soulful and sometimes dramatic, such as in the minor chord masterpiece From Creation, which is nicely complemented by an intense percussion driven dub version. It’s as if Roberto Sánchez had invited legendary Jamaican percussionist Bongo Herman to the session.

From Creation is obviously created by people who love music. It’s carefully made by the exact blend of heart, mind and soul. A must have in any good record collection.



Filed under Record reviews

12 responses to “Alpheus takes it from the foundation

  1. Pingback: Tweets that mention Alpheus takes it from the foundation | Reggaemani --

  2. Pingback: Roberto Sánchez knows vintage reggae | Reggaemani

  3. Pingback: Alpheus has a timeless taste | Reggaemani

  4. Greetings Erik, i have bought that record because of your review and i have to say: thank you very much. “From Creation” is a must have.

  5. Pingback: Half-year report – best tunes and albums yet | Reggaemani

  6. Pingback: Rocksteady is The Sidewalk Doctors’ Medicine | Reggaemani

  7. Pingback: Favourite albums of 2011 | Reggaemani

  8. Pingback: Reggaemani celebrates Jamaica’s 50th anniversary – 2003-2012 | Reggaemani

  9. Pingback: DanceCrasher’s 100 greatest rocksteady tunes | Reggaemani

  10. Pingback: Good prevails on Alpheus new album | Reggaemani

  11. Pingback: Yet another impressive set from Alpheus and Robert Sánchez | Reggaemani

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s