In October last year K-Jah Sound out of Poland put a compilation called Link Up, which failed to show up on my radar. But a few week ago I noticed it since it featured Runkus’ excellent Run, a cut also featured on his debut EP Move In.
And I’m glad I had the opportunity to listen to this smooth and beautiful set comprising mostly lesser known talents, but also a few established ones, including Gentleman, Lutan Fyah and Dubtonic Kru.
The album comes with 16 tracks – including 13 vocals and three dubs – across a number of solid riddims. The arrangements are creative, bright and gentle and slightly reminiscent of productions by the mighty U.S. production trio Zion I Kings.
Highlights include the aforementioned Run, but also the soulful and funky Wearisome Things by Jafia Namuel’s lead singer Dawid Portasz and Gentleman & Tamika’s slowly pulsating Defenders of the Light.
The European reggae scene continues to show it muscles.