Solo Banton is one of the newest members of the acclaimed Banton clan. He dropped his debut album Walk Like Rasta in 2009 and has since dropped the heavyweight EP Musical Addict, and now his second album Higher Levels.
Higher Levels boasts 15 tracks and has a impressive line-up of producers, including Kris Kemist, Roberto Sánchez, Dougie Conscious, Dubkasm and Nick Manasseh. Together with Solo Banton and his guests YT, Michael Prophet and Deadly Hunta they have made a versatile album with ruthless bass lines, nyabinghi drumming, uptempo ska and head-nodding digital roots.
Solo Banton is a fine lyricist sharing positive and cultural thoughts as well as an talented singjay equally at ease with spitting lyrics and singing faithful praises.
Just check Deya Know, the rough YT collaboration Politician Knockout over the Jacqueline riddim made famous by the late Hugh Mundell in the early 80’s or album opener Me No Know, a clever interpretation of the classic Ba Ba Boom riddim, originally produced by Duke Reid and performed by The Jamaicans in 1967. Here it has got a furious contemporary roots treatment.
Higher Levels is a natural follow-up to Solo Banton’s debut album, and is now available as CD and on digital platforms.