Jamaican singer and producer Micah Shemaiah rose to prominence a few years ago after dropping excellent cuts like Reggae Rockit and Dread at the Control.
His debut album was the combination album Shalalak and it was followed by the superb Original Dread. In February this year his third album was put out.
Roots I Vision was recorded in Switzerland with Mathias Liengme and Nicolas Meury at the controls and it has a solid 80s vibe throughout, mainly due to the use of Simmons drums, which gives a nice early Black Uhuru feel to the sound.
This set is the strongest reggae album of 2018 so far, though in fierce competition with Hollie Cook’s Vessel of Love. Check the title track, Throw No Stone or the militant single Zion Trod to catch a feel of the album.
Jamaican roots rocking reggae artist and producer Micah Shemaiah dropped his debut album Rastaman Meditation in 2009, but it didn’t receive too much attention at the time. Now he has dropped his second album and the times have changed. There’s currently a powerful force on the Jamaican music scene called the reggae revival – or Rastafari revival – with frontrunners like Protoje, Chronixx and Jah9.
In 2013 Micah Shemaiah dropped the excellent and dubby single Dread at the Control, which a year later was followed by the equally brilliant Reggae Rockit. Both singles were featured on the recently released compilation Shalalak.
His brand new album Original Dread collects however mostly previously unreleased material and features several guest artists – Exile di Brave, Addis Pablo, Jahkime, Nicole Miller and TJ, son of legendary dancehall deejay Brigadier Jerry. Four of the cuts also come with their dub counterpart mixed by Will Tee, who along with Micah Shemaiah himself serves as producer for the twelve track set.
Original Dread is a celebration of reggae and particularly rub a dub from the early 80s. It’s superb from start to finish with heavy and uncompromising riddims along with infectious melodies and catchy hooks. Check for example the beautiful and uplifting Eezy Breezy – with lyrics like “ain’t no rhythm like reggae when it’s playing dub” – or the eerie and melancholic If I Could with its memorable chorus and melodica courtesy of Addis Pablo.
Micah Shemaiah has just like fellow Jamaican singer Chronixx not flooded the market with singles or cuts on one riddim albums. He has from early on controlled and charted his own destiny. And that usually means high quality, which Original Dread certainly is great proof of.
Jamaican roots revivalist Micah Shemaiah has joined forces with Exile di Brave and his EDB Clan for the collaborative compilation Shalalak, a set featuring eight vocal tracks and four dub versions courtesy of German engineer Matthias Reulecke.
Included are two excellent single releases from Micah Shemaiah – Reggae Rockit and Dread at the Control. The other six cuts are previously unreleased and features artists such as Scratch, Infinite, Philip Crucial, Exile di Brave and The EDB Clan.
Original Style is a murderous hip-hop-inspired dancehall cut, while Puppy Noise is something completely else. This is an acoustic jam with Scratch & Infinite singing harmony accompanied by a melancholic trumpet. In between these two opposites there are several contemporary and well-crafted roots reggae joints.
The sleeve of Shalalak is inspired by the classic Greensleeves 12” cover. It will both sound good on your stereo and look good in your shelf.