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Ward 21’s dancehall extravaganza

Ward21_Album_Cover_Digital_1200x1200One artist dancehall albums are few and far between. And strong ones are even rarer. Ward 21 has however managed to create a creative and fresh dancehall album.

Dancehall crew Ward 21 dropped their show stopping debut album Mentally Disturbed more than ten years ago, and since that set they have established themselves as clever and forward-thinking producers and engineers for both themselves and for other artists, including their very own artist camp Bada Bada GangNatalie Storm, Tifa, Timberlee, Point-O and Ci’K.

On their playful, and at times hardcore both musically and lyrically, fifth album Still Disturbed they showcase a mix of 80s and 90s dancehall updated for today’s dancehalls and clubs. The bass lines are punchy, especially the one on the Sean Paul combination Ben’ U Back. This one is pure mayhem and will tear down walls if you don’t handle it with care.

The best moments on Still Disturbed are however the vintage ones. On War Start they take on the famous Stalag riddim and on Herbs Man they version the riddim used for Johnny Osbourne’s Ice Cream Love. Strongest, though, is the single Mic Magician, a track utilizes the bouncy Greetings riddim and also samples Super Cat’s Under Pressure.

When listening to Still Disturbed – and looking at its cover – it’s clear that the chemistry between Kunley, Suku and Mean Dog is exceptional and infectious. The result is highly addictive and should not be overlooked by dancehall aficionados.

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Natalie Storm spices it up

Dancehall singer Natalie Storm is for me best known for her work with Ward 21 and her take on the Fyah Wyah riddim. She has also voiced bashment and funky house, tunes that I’m not familiar with.

Her next excursion is a mixtape produced by Federation Sound and Prodigal Entertainment. The mixtape bears the raw name Songs 2 F@*k and Fight 2 and will hit the streets in three weeks.

As a teaser the producers are now unleashing a goodie to heat things up. And they certainly are.

Feel Up is pure sex. It’s downright filthy. Especially the bass line, which is bad, and I mean really nasty. It’s naughty and makes you want to whine your waist all night long. If Barry White was a bass line he would sound like this.

Listen in the player below and download by clicking the link.

Natalie Storm – Feel Up

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