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A journey with a few detours

I’m a big fan of singjay Omar Perry. His first two albums Man Free and Can’t Stop Us Now got a lot of spins in my home and on my way to work. His efforts on riddims such as Soprano and Gorilla have also been pleasant acquaintances.

On his third album The Journey Omar Perry has teamed up with a variety of producers from around the world, including Lockdown, Bost & Bim, Tune In Crew, Itation Records, Danny Champagne, Watch Out Production, Wake Up, Mad Professor, Mafia & Fluxy and Ruff Cut. Plus a host of others.

As you can guess this many producers makes for a non-cohesive whole. The Journey collects 18 tracks put together in one set without a clear story behind it. However, this makes something of a classic Jamaican album with singles from different producers thrown together.

Even though it lacks cohesiveness there are several highlights, and unfortunately a few train wrecks.

Be sure to check Bost & Bims’ relick of The Gatherer’s eerie Words of My Mouth, I&I Raising over a bass heavy relick of the Declaration of Rights riddim, the hip-hop infused Ready for the World with its tough harmonies or Thinking of You with Earl 16, a tune with a beat reminiscent of the Diwali riddim.

The shaky part of this journey is when Omar Perry wants to make contemporary RnB and experiments with the criminally overused auto-tune effect. A tune such as World Let Us Down would have been enjoyable without Omar Perry sounding like a cartoon character. Same goes for the electronic She is So Nice featuring vocalist and producer Fabrice Boyer.

The Journey is no straight road and includes several detours and it would have gained from being more cohesive and with fewer songs.

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Catch the fever

My first acquaintance with Swedish singjay Joey Fever was Youth Dem Rise on Pleasure Beat’s Majestic riddim put out in 2007. Since then he has voiced one great riddim after another, for both domestic and international producers, including Partillo, Curtis Lynch, Fast Forward and Lockdown. These singles showed a great talent and a huge promise for the future.

And he must have made an impression on Lockdown since they decided to put out his debut album In a Fever – a varied set that consists of 16 tunes and two bonus tracks. It spans from contemporary one drop and dancehall to ska. All spiced with a retro 80’s feeling.

The debut album boosts a number of different producers, but the majority has been handled by Sweden’s Mastah L, responsible for Million Stylez’ breakthrough single Miss Fatty.

Joey Fever is a clear example of the new generation of reggae singers. He’s equally at home with singing as with deejaying.

His is voice is similar to Jah Cure’s nasal tone and the singing style is reminiscent of Waterhouse legends such as Michael Rose and Junior Reid. Just listen to Someone Out There and Traffic, complete with Michael Rose vocal gimmicks.

When he switches to deejay mode he’s in the same vein as UK’s finest early MC’s with their fast chatting style, and on Till the Night Is Over he measures up to Tippa Irie himself.

All his promising singles weren’t just empty promises. Joey Fever has delivered a mature and varied set.

In a Fever hit the streets on May 17.

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