For years have passed since Dutch singer Joggo dropped his excellent debut album Modern Rockers Vol. 1 and now it’s time for its follow-up. And one would guess it would be called Modern Rockers Vol. 2. But no. It’s called Conscious Love and sounds similar to its predecessor.
Conscious Love is produced by Joggo himself along with Reggaeland, Tanntrum Band & Michael Fletcher and Asher E from Black Star Foundation. Manu Genius – formerly one part of acclaimed and successful production duo Not Easy At All – has mixed and mastered the album. His standard is always well above par, and this album is no exception.
This 17 track set offers uplifting and positive contemporary roots with live instrumentation, including some breezy horns. Highlights include the festive Private Performer, the slow Can’t Breathe and the pulsating Come Down.
Definitely another strong reggae album to come out of Europe.
Dutch soul singer Lloyd de Meza has teamed up with his compatriots in production crew Not Easy At All Productions and label JahSolidRock. The result is his love-infused debut reggae album Back to Eden, a set based on the rootsy rock-solid backing that has previously provided the foundation for albums by Chezidek, Apple Gabriel and Earl Sixteen.
One of Lloyd de Meza’s first takes on voicing reggae was Part of My Life included on the various artists’ compilation Cultural Vibes Vol. 1 put out in late 2010. Previously he has released several hit singles in the contemporary soul/R&B vein in his native language.
Apparently Lloyd de Meza started to record reggae by accident. He dropped by the JahSolidRock studio, enjoyed what he heard – pounding bass lines, groovy drum patterns and melodic horns – and voiced one riddim after another.
Lie to Me was the first single from Back to Eden and dropped about a year ago. It contained some wicked clavinet work and a catchy chorus. The album is in the same strong vein, and particular highlights include the three combinations Back to Eden, Mama and City of Love with Joggo, Richie Spice and Kinah, a female singer I’d love to hear more from.
Back to Eden shows once again that the combination of Not Easy At All Productions and JahSolidRock works very well, and I hope they will start building new riddims soon, since this is the fourth set that uses more or less the same riddims. However, I can’t say I’m tired of them yet.
I’m getting kind of tired of writing this over and over, but there’s yet another strong album coming from the Netherlands. And I have a feeling other strong sets are on the way.
Dutch/Surinamese singer Joggo recently made his album debut with Modern Rockers vol.1. He came across strong three years ago with Beware, a cut of Massive B’s haunting Kingdom riddim.
Since then he has made some equally impressive singles, like Gun Down (included on the album) and the summery All My Life on the Love You More riddim put out last year.
Modern Rockers vol. 1 is mainly produced by Jah Decko of Dredda Records and includes eleven tunes, where of the majority is previously unreleased.
There’s hardly a dull moment. Catchy choruses and lots of nanana’s and yeah, yeah, yeah’s are some of the ingredients. Just listen to Peace & Love, You Don’t Know or the strong album opener DJ play Me Some Roots.
The harmonies and backing vocals are close to 70’s Steel Pulse and Aswad, while the arrangements and music is in the modern roots vein with live instrumentation.
Joggo’s singing is devout and direct. He has a sincere desperate tone in his voice and sings with great confidence.
Modern Rockers vol. 1 is an impressive and promising debut, and I hope to hear more from Joggo in the near future.