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A darker side of Pressure

pressure-africaredemptionOn Pressure’s second album of 2014 – already announced in 2012 – he has teamed up with King Jammy’s son Baby G for its production. Onboard as producer is also another heavyweight – Damian Marley.

Africa Redemption is something else than The Sound, released in April this year. Where that set was mainly bright and smooth, Africa Redemption is in most cases darker, harder and more uncompromising. But on a Pressure album there’s also room for romance and some sweet balladeering.

The set comes with 17 tracks, of which two are interludes. The best tracks offer a tasty mix of introspective hip-hop, fierce dancehall and grim roots reggae. Lead I Home is a fine example, the Tarrus Riley and Damian Marley combination Mental Disturbance is another.

Other memorable moments include Freedom Fighters, with its delicious horns, and the intense Jah Mason combination My Herbs.

Africa Redemption is Pressure’s fifth album and it’s together with The Sound his finest work yet.

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The soothing sound of Pressure

The SoundMulti-facetted Virgin Islands born singer and singjay Pressure is back with a new album following Coming Back for You, produced by Dean Pond and released in 2009.

On The Sound he has teamed up with the mighty Zion I Kings, a trio of producers including Tippy I, who also hails from the Virgin Islands.

The Sound is Pressure’s fourth album and is his best to date. It includes the usual sweet arrangements and backing provided by Zion I Kings, but a few of the cuts are dark and edgy, for example Herbsman Town, Serious About It and Who You Are, a track that also offers a taste of wobbling dubstep.

The Sound is a family affair and a host of Pressure’s fellow countrymen flex their skills on a number of songs. Ras Batch and NiyoRah show up on Cry for Humanity and Volcano shares vocal duties with Pressure on Herbsman Town. And no other than Midnite’s lead singer Vaughn Benjamin can be heard on Nothing No Wrong.

A majority of the album was also recorded in St. Croix, for example the uplifting Virgin Islands Nice, a cut that is now an official tourist board anthem. Maybe no surprise when listening to the chorus – “so nice, so nice, sweet, sweet St. Thomas nice, so nice, so nice, St. Croix full of pure vibes, so nice, so nice, St. John a real paradise, so nice, so nice.”

The Sound exemplifies the strong roots and culture scene active in the Virgin Islands and even though Pressure delivered a strong set together with Don Corleon in 2007, The Sound outshines his previous material and will hopefully strengthen his fan base.

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Midnite previews new album with EP

1463003_10151684610166324_1475110588_nVI-reggae trailblazers Midnite is set to drop a new album in mid January. The album is titled Beauty for Ashes and is produced by the always reliable and interesting production trio Zion I Kings. It will be Midnite’s seventh album for I Grade Records.

But no need to wait more than a month for new Midnite music. Already on December 17 a seven track EP will be available on digital platforms. It features three vocal combinations with Pressure, Lutan Fyah and Ras Batch along with four dub versions mixed by Tippy I, Digital Ancient, Liondub and Nic the Graduate.

The Pressure combination Same I Ah One is now also available for free download on Soundcloud. Check the free download between December 1 and December 8. Go grab it people.

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Soothing sounds from Pressure’s upcoming album

Pressure Busspipe has a new album in the making and an initial single was put out yesterday.

Run Away is produced by the very reliable Zion I Kings, a trio that has already this year blessed us with mighty albums from Cornel Campbell, General Jah Mikey and Lloyd Brown.

No album title or street date yet, but Run Away is very promising. Listen for yourself via Soundcloud below.

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A midnite meeting with Pressure, Don Corleon and Protoje

At Uppsala Reggae Festival in August I had the opportunity to interview Don Corleon – one of Jamaica’s slickest and most successful contemporary producers with a variety of booming riddims behind him. By his side was also Pressure and Protoje.

Check the interview over at United Reggae.

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Reggaemani’s best tunes in 2010

Like with albums, 2010 has been a pretty decent year with some major tunes. Gyptian – for instance – scored one of the biggest reggae hits in recent years with his hypnotic Hold You.

Apart from Gyptian, Vybz Kartel had two very well received tunes – the anthemic Clarks that have some follow-ups and Jeans & Fitted featuring producer Russian.

In the one drop field producers like Not Easy At All, Frenchie and Irie Ites have kept their flag high in Europe. In Jamaica, Don Corleon and John John produced two of the best riddims this year – Major and Zion Gate.

My best tunes in 2010 are a mixture of hard and sweet and dancehall and one drop. The tunes selected are not necessarily the ones that I’ve played the most, since I wanted a more diverse list than 20 tunes in one drop mode. You’ll probably notice that Hold You and Clarks are missing. Why? What can I say? The competition was just too fierce.

Artist – song title (riddim)

20. Gappy Ranks & Million Stylez – Life
Two European singjays that work very well together.

19. Jah Vinci – Me Alone (Wallabeez)
Bouncy dancehall at its best.

18. Maikal X – Get Away (Police in Helicopter Reactivated)
One of the loudest bass lines in 2010. Ouch.

17. Sena – Work in It (Eyes On My Purpose)
Sena was in the top of my list last year. Work in It is a wicked combination of hip-hop and reggae.

16. Chris Martin – As I Walk Away (Jah Protect)
Beautiful ballad with Chris Martin’s emotional voice over a riddim with acoustic guitar and strings.

15. Jimmy Riley & Fantan Mojah – Tell Me Your Name (Best Trick)
Hard and pulsating riddim that makes you want to dance.

14. Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter
Hip-hop and reggae fusion at its best.

13. Vybz Kartel & Russian – Jeans & Fitted
Combination of dancehall and hip-hop with pop melodies.

12. Protoje – J.A
A great homage to Jamaica.

11. Kali Blaxx – Nah Trust Dem (Clearly)
Way too under recorded singer on a nice one drop riddim.

10. Chezidek – Walk With Jah (Collie Weed)
Slow and sweet riddim with Chezidek’s distinctive voice.

9. Papa Dee – My DJ Friends
Swedish veteran deejay on a riddim that echoes from the 80’s.

8. Skarra Mucci – Jah Blessings (Jaguar)
Tough tune from this Jamaican singjay.

7. Romain Virgo – Live Mi Life (Boops)
Producer Shane C. Brown revitalizes this great 80’s riddim and Romain Virgo does a great job with it.

6. Sizzla – Music in My Soul (Zion Gate)
King Jammy’s son John John produced this relick of a Bunny Lee riddim. Sweet old school reggae.

5. Johnny Clarke & Fantan Mojah – Rebel With A Cause (Rebellion 2010)
Another great relick. This time from Frenchie who lays his hands on the Creation Rebel riddim.

4. J-Boog – Coldest Zone (Hustlin’)
Very emotional from Hawaiian singer J-Boog. Tough riddim from Bost & Bim.

3. Chezidek – Live and Learn 12”
Some wicked horns arrangements compliments Chezidek’s emotional singing very well.

2. Tarrus Riley – Wildfire (Major)
Tarrus Riley’s take on one of the best riddims in 2010. Smooth and uptempo at the same time.

1. Pressure – Ina Dancehall (Strange Things hip-hop remix)
Pulsating to say the least and Pressure’s flow is beyond belief. I must admit that this was released late December 2009, so it could have been disqualified. But it’s just to good.

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Dåligt tryck från Pressure

Jag ska nämna det med en gång – jag är inte en särskilt stor anhängare av Pressure. Har svårt för hans ansträngda sångsätt och ofta ganska mesiga låtar. Han har gjort bra material. Riktigt bra till och med. Exempelvis ösiga Ina Dancehall och Beres Hammond-klassikern Putting Up Resistance samt tunga Ghetto Life från förra plattan Love And Affection. Men däremellan är det inte särskilt mycket.

Nya plattan Coming Back For You är producerad tillsammans med Dean Pond som låg bakom debuten The Pressure Is On från 2004, och låter ungefär som man kan förvänta sig. Den slicka produktionen från Pressures två tidigare plattor känns igen. Nya skivan sticker dock ut på ett område – den saknar riktiga upptempo-spår. Då räknar jag i och för sig bort usla rockförsöket I See Rastafari.

Alla låtar är stöpta i samma jämntjocka glasyr. Visst, det finns ett antal låtar som sticker ut från mängden, exempelvis obligatoriska gräshyllningen Weed samt vackra Jah Alone och den lite hårdare Baby Girl.

Om jag får bestämma ska Pressure sjunga mindre och deejaya mer. Han ska också tuffa till sig och våga vägra hårdrocksriffen som dyker upp här och var. För när Pressure väl trycker på gaspedalen blir det åka av.

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