Jamaican born and U.S. bred singer Mighty Mystic, who is also the younger brother of former Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, follows-up on his 2014 released album Concrete World, a set that included the monumental single Cali Green.
The Art of Balance is Mighty Mystic’s third album and his most mature set yet where he has found a good balance between somber reggae riddims and guitar-fueled rock. But it’s also his darkest effort and he sheds light on serious issues over minor key melodies.
Highlights include the dark Rebels, with its pulsating organ, the devout Woman, the beautiful and acoustic Solid As a Rock and the militant and sparse Only the Strong.
Psychedelic guitars, dreamy soundscapes and haunting organs are key elements on The Art of Balance, and together they make a solid album bordering rock and reggae.
The U.S. reggae scene largely comprises rock-infused reggae acts or reggae-inspired rock acts. One of those is Mighty Mystic. His music is a mix of rock, hip-hop and reggae, with emphasis on reggae.
On his second album Concrete World he took me by surprise with his tasty musical cocktail, even though it might not suit fans of the rootsier side of reggae.
Mighty Mystic was born in Jamaica, but currently resides in the U.S. He has a strong and sometimes dramatic voice. He also has a good sense for melodies and catchy hooks. A tune like War (Rumours of War) is memorable to say the least with its militant drumming and infectious chorus. Same goes for the monotonous and powerful Cali Green.
It can also be lightweight, as in the bright lovers tune Happy, or grim and serious, as in the dubstep-influenced The Strength in Me with Michael Charles.
A solid second album with a broad appeal, and a set that has at least kept me interested.
Releasing singles as free download is a popular way of marketing these days. A couple of weeks ago hip-hop giant Kanye West announced plans to release one new song each week until Christmas.
U.S singer Mighty Mystic does the same, or not exactly the same, when he releases his second single I Alone from upcoming album Wake Up the World as a free download.
Mighty Mystic was born in Jamaica, but relocated to Boston where he got involved in the 90’s hip-hop scene, according to the press material.
He has apparently had some popular tunes and released a combination with dancehall duo Tanto Metro & Devonte in 2003. He has also appeared on some rhythm compilations.
The first single of the upcoming album was a duet with Energy God Elephant Man. I Alone is a solo effort, and a pretty decent one.
It’s up tempo and has some kind of rock feeling to it. Mighty Mystic is a singjay, but with more emphasis on the singing. And he’s obviously heavily influenced by Bob Marley.
Download the single for free below (right click, save as) and judge for yourself.
Mighty Mystic I Alone