My first acquaintance with Swedish singjay Joey Fever was Youth Dem Rise on Pleasure Beat’s Majestic riddim put out in 2007. Since then he has voiced one great riddim after another, for both domestic and international producers, including Partillo, Curtis Lynch, Fast Forward and Lockdown. These singles showed a great talent and a huge promise for the future.
And he must have made an impression on Lockdown since they decided to put out his debut album In a Fever – a varied set that consists of 16 tunes and two bonus tracks. It spans from contemporary one drop and dancehall to ska. All spiced with a retro 80’s feeling.
Joey Fever is a clear example of the new generation of reggae singers. He’s equally at home with singing as with deejaying.
His is voice is similar to Jah Cure’s nasal tone and the singing style is reminiscent of Waterhouse legends such as Michael Rose and Junior Reid. Just listen to Someone Out There and Traffic, complete with Michael Rose vocal gimmicks.
When he switches to deejay mode he’s in the same vein as UK’s finest early MC’s with their fast chatting style, and on Till the Night Is Over he measures up to Tippa Irie himself.
All his promising singles weren’t just empty promises. Joey Fever has delivered a mature and varied set.
In a Fever hit the streets on May 17.