UK-based singer and songwriter Clay dropped his debut EP last year and was soon picked up by one of Germany’s premier production crews – Silly Walks Discotheque. Their first collaboration was Only Love on Silly Walks’ Clock Tower riddim and now they’ve dropped an EP together, a set that’s also produced in collaboration with Jr. Blender and Bigdreams Production.
Clay:List collects five tracks and collects a number of tasty relicks, for example a version of Bob Marley’s So Much Trouble and the classic Stars riddim.
Clay is an emotional singer with a deep feel for catchy melodies and infectious choruses, which was showcased already on his debut. And Clay:List continues in the same vein.
Acclaimed German sound system Silly Walks Discotheque started out in 1991 as Silly Walks Movement and ventured into production eleven years later with their debut album Songs of Melody, a 16 track set that features both German and Jamaican artists such as Lutan Fyah, Tanya Stephens and Gentleman.
The two founders Joscha and Oliver have since dropped several riddims, remixes and singles, with Aspire being their latest one riddim compilation.
Storms of Life is Silly Walks Movement’s latest release. It’s a 16 track album released to celebrate their 20th anniversary. It contains 16 original and exclusive songs and riddims voiced by veterans and newcomers, young and old, singers and deejays, from roots reggae to contemporary dancehall.
Several of the performers are however up and coming, and most of them make a very worthwhile impression, with Swedish Etzia and Jamaican Exco Levi, who in 2007 was awarded Most Promising New Artist and Best New Artist at the annual Canadian Reggae Music Awards (CRMA), being two of the brightest shining lights.
The best tune is however by Garnett Silk sing-a-like Terry Linen, who scored a monster hit in 2001 with a cover of the late Whitney Houston’s Your Love is My Love. His cover of the late Tyrone Taylor’s How Do You Like My Music, with its flute, lovely brass and catchy la-la-la chorus, is a certified summer anthem.
Storms of Life is a positive set with strong melodies and danceable beats and it shows just how strong European reggae productions are at the moment.