UK-born veteran artist Prince Malachi rose to prominence in the late 90s with a number of albums produced by the late Philip “Fatis” Burrell and his label Xterminator. Together they enjoyed a series of hit songs, including Fire is Blazing, Watch Over Me and Jah is Our Guide.
It has been rather quiet around Prince Malachi for many years, but a new album surfaced a few months ago. Third Rock collects 14 tracks and presents Prince Malachi in fine form. He’s a marvelous singer with a soulful voice reminiscent of peers like Luciano and Jah Cure. He actually sounds exactly like the intensely passionate Jah Cure on the opening of Building Walls. I had to check the credits to see if they shared microphone on that cut.
On Third Rock Prince Malachi has both feet in the 90s and Philip Burrell could very well have been involved in its production. It’s roots and culture like it sounded when a new wave of conscious artists started to take over in Jamaica about 20 years ago. When fans wanted positive and uplifting music instead of guns and violence. A lot like the scene in Jamaica today actually.