After dropping his debut album One Wish in 2012, Jamaican singer King Mas has released several strong singles – check Zombie Apocalypse, Walk Like a Champion and Reflections – as well as appearing on solid one riddim compilations like Overstand’s Militancy riddim in 2013.
And a few months ago his second album Rasta Evolution was put out. It has been in the making for about three years, and with its 18 tracks it’s certainly a hefty set collecting mostly previously unreleased material in the conscious reggae vein.
Reggae heavyweights like veteran sax maestro Dean Fraser, seasoned master guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith and newer talents like Unga Barunga from Notis and members of Raging Fyah have all offered their musical magic to the making of Rasta Evolution.
King Mas has an emotive and electrifying vocals which lifts several of the songs, but Rasta Evolution could have been better curated. A number of positive and uplifting nuggets are included and songs like the passionate album opener Our Story and the driving Peace & Love are superb, but with 18 tracks you are bound to find less thrilling fillers.