The seventh release from London’s Horus Records is their debut album. It’s both self-produced and self-recorded at their own Arch studio in Tottenham and features several veteran singers, including Vivian Jones, David Jahson and Winston Reedy, formerly of The Cimarons.
It’s an excellent vintage-sounding showcase with five vocal versions and four dub cuts. It’s organic and sweetly skanking. Just check Shaka Black’s uplifting Pick Myself Up and its sparse version Four Quebec Lima Dub. Killer stuff.
Best of the bunch is however Nichola Richards jazzy Going Back Where I Belong with its slick organ and melancholic horns. Unfortunately, that particular song doesn’t come with a dub counterpart. But that might be arranged on coming singles. Let’s hope so.
Successful veteran reggae singer Vivian Jones has released a new album, a follow up to his Lovers Rocking, which dropped in 2013. Black Star Presents Vivian Jones is recorded together with Asher-E from Amsterdam-based Black Star Foundation and is an equally dread and equally smooth affair.
Vivian Jones has been in the business for nearly 40 years. He was born in Jamaica, but moved to the UK in the late 60s. And in the 70s he joined a band called The Spartans. He soon went solo and has since put out several hit songs, including Good Morning, Strong Love and Sugar Love. He has recorded together with Jah Shaka, Bobby Digital, Roots Radics and Junior Reid in both the UK and Jamaica. He has also been awarded best male artist in the UK.
His new album collects ten tracks, of which two are dub versions and two are discomixes, and even though Vivian Jones is probably best known for his lovers rock material, this new set is both sweet and haunting. Check up-tempo and joyous cuts like One Love and That Love and then jump to more militant tracks like Bhingy Dready and Now They Are After Me. But best of the bunch is probably the ethereal and pulsating If the Tree Could Talk.
Vivian Jones’ charismatic and hypnotic voice will captivate you for hours.