Jamaican singer General Jah Mikey follows up on his Original Yard Food album, and together with French multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer Tooney Roots he serves up yet another delicious treat.
General Jah Mikey has been in and out of the music business for almost three decades. He has tried and tested several different styles over the years, including jungle and dubstep. Tooney Roots’ productions lean towards the heavier side of roots with influences from the UK dub scene.
And together they have made an album that is hard and uncompromising, yet melodic and harmonious, partly thanks to General Jah Mikey’s smooth style. He has a deep and soothing voice that flows gracefully over Tooney Roots’ massive bass lines and pounding drums complemented by a vicious synthesizer or a bright piano here and there.
Jah Music is Timeless is a showcase album where each of the six vocals and followed by their dub counterpart. Tooney Roots works with analogue equipment and vintage sound effects built by himself, and the soundscape on the dub versions is hypnotizing and deliciously monotonous.
Multi-instrumentalist, sound system builder and producer Tooney Roots aka i-Plant is back with a new riddim, four years after the release of his Rockerstyle album.
Injustice is the title of the riddim and it’s voiced by Chester Miller, Peter Ranking and General Jah Mikey. Tooney Roots provides most of the backing along with inspired analogue mixing on a heavy as lead dub version of the riddim.
Injustice riddim will be available on 12” and on digital platforms in September.
About a year ago Zion High Productions issued the excellent various artists compilation Jah Golden Throne. One of the many highlights was veteran Jamaican singer General Jah Mikey’s Set A Way. Zion I Kings – the producers behind that compilation – has now produced an entire album with this resonant voiced singer.
Zion I Kings is synonymous with well-produced, breezy and soulful productions and General Jah Mikey’s Original Yard Food is no exception. The live-played riddims are superbly executed and the arrangements with jazzy horns, easy skanking guitar and sweet flute and melodica are sublime.
The beautiful harmonies complement General Jah Mikey’s soothing, calm and no-frills vocal style very well. He sounds like a more whiskey-voiced Sugar Minott when he effortlessly rides the riddims.
General Jah Mikey has been in the music business since the mid 80’s and has tried and tested several music styles, including jungle and dubstep. I have not heard much from him prior to this album, but I really hope that he’ll continue in this vein.
Original Yard Food is now available on CD.