Jamaican-born and UK-raised singer Randy Valentine has teamed up with Mad Professor’s son Joe Ariwa for another strong EP.
Still Pushing is just like its predecessor Break the Chain released via Hemp Higher and it offers more of the same rootsy reggae with a contemporary flavour. This new set might however be a bit more on the dubby side of reggae.
Randy Valentine is one the best – if not the best – European singers right now. He has a great energy and melody in his voice and he can probably make any track interesting.
Still Pushing comes with eight tracks, of which one is a dub version and one is a mighty fine slice of a cappella where Randy Valentine gets the chance to showcase his strong and emotional vocals.
This is another beautiful set from Randy Valentine and after two EP’s and several strong singles and one riddim album cuts I’m definitely ready for his debut album.
For me three relatively young and up and coming UK artists are at the very forefront of the European reggae scene – Stylo G, Christopher Ellis and Randy Valentine. None of these have yet presented a full album, even though Christopher Ellis dropped a vintage sounding EP earlier this year. Now he’s however followed by Randy Valentine, who unleashed his debut EP Break the Chain yesterday.
This contemporary nine track set issued via Swiss label Hemp Higher is pure and bright shining gold. Randy Valentine has a golden voice and a style packed with energy, which gives slower jams like Nah Sell Out, Inna di Ghetto and Dear People a nice boost.
More up-tempo tracks like Break the Chain and the dubstep-flavored Sound the Alarm are certainly intense thanks to his energetic approach. And really enjoyable are Sweet Reggae Music and Lock Me Up. Both of these offer unexpected and fresh tempo changes.
Did someone say bright future?