Harrison Stafford – lead vocalist and front man in Groundation – is not onboard the project and is expected to drop a solo piece later this year. And for those who are fans of Groundation, but struggle with Harrison Stafford’s nasal singing style, much like myself, will be very pleased with this set.
Rising Tide has on this album created an earthy sound combining elements of roots reggae, jazz, R&B and funk. It’s a cohesive set with a variety of singers sharing vocal duties, including songstresses Kim Pommel, Sherida Sharpe, Faith Waltson and Roselyn Williams along with French singjay Naâman, the Garnett Silk-influenced Lymie Murray and SOJA’s Jacob Hemphill.
The music reflects the 70s with jazzy improvisations – almost jam band like – and several songs are stretched out taking unexpected directions. The grooves are soft and sensual, just listen to the mystic Young, Strong and Beautiful, and funky and cool, check a cut like Positive Vibes, which sounds like legendary funk band Parliament could have recorded in a smoky Kingston studio.