Former Black Uhuru front man and lead singer Michael “Mykal” Rose has been productive in recent years. Last year he dropped two studio albums – Rasta State and Sidewalk Steppa. And now it’s time for yet another one – Strategy of Rome. This set has primarily been recorded in Denmark during a week-long break from touring.
And this is not the first time Mykal Rose collaborates with Ice Drop Records and producers Adil “Jahdil” Nadri and Søeren “Pharfar” Schou. In 2008 they did the excellent herb anthem Mr. Collie. That track is also featured on Strategy of Rome, but with a different version.
Mykal Rose is the originator of the slightly nasal Waterhouse vocal style and it’s by him also powered by several vocal scats – tu tu tweng and ding ding woy are probably recognized by more than a few. His voice is today just as powerful as it was back in the 70s when he created classics together with Black Uhuru and Sly & Robbie.
On Strategy of Rome the producers have created a crisp soundscape with heavy drum and bass supplemented by smooth harmonies and catchy melodies. It’s a journey where Mykal Rose showcases his vocal prowess over a varied set of riddims ranging from slick one drop and lightweight dancehall to early 80s roots. Best of the bunch is probably the insanely infectious, and slightly melancholic, On the Move Again.
Mykal Rose is after more than 40 years in the music industry still a force to be reckoned with.