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Radical is Sizzla’s new album

unnamedRadical drops on April 15 and is one of Sizzla’s three albums during the first four months of 2014. It’s a compilation of rare and previously unreleased material produced by the late Philip “Fattis” Burrell between the early 90s and 2000s.

This great producer worked with Sizzla during his formative years and helped to create some of the prolific singer’s best work to date, including Praise Ye Jah, by some regarded as his breakthrough album.

Radical collects 16 tracks and has been compiled together with Philip Burrell’s son Kareem Burrell and features live instrumentation from Jamaican studio aces like Sly Dunbar, Steven Stanley, Earl “Chinna” Smith and Dean Fraser.

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A special tribute to Fattis Burrell

Living Heart Vol 1Three years have passed since Phillip ”Fattis” Burrell passed away at the age of 57. Via his progressive powerhouse Xterminator (initially Exterminator) he released some of the best reggae songs and albums of all time. Luciano’s Where There is Life and One Way Ticket are modern day classics, and so are Sizzla’s Bobo Ashanti and Mikey General’s Spiritual Revolution.

Phillip Burrell was among the first to put modern day chanters such as Sizzla and Turbulence on wax, but he also recorded already established artists like Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea and Beres Hammond. And together with Richard “Bello” Bell and Bobby “Digital” Dixon he created a new version of reggae with one foot in the roots tradition and one foot in the dancehall. Militant, diverse and haunting, but also accessible and melodic.

Phillip Burrell’s son Kareem Burrell has followed in his father’s footsteps. He’s also a producer and regularly drops clever and interesting riddims via his own label XTM.Nation. But the latest release is a tribute album to his father. It marks the 25th anniversary of Xterminator and collects twelve tracks produced by himself and his father. It’s not a best of compilation, rather a set of tracks that are special to Kareem Burrell and his father.

The songs compiled are perhaps not the most well-known from Xterminator’s mighty music vault, and it for example includes Nadine Sutherland’s tribute to the late Garnett Silk, Buju Banton’s acoustic Oh My Father and Ini Kamoze’s We Pop it Off.

Most exciting are actually some of the cuts produced by Kareem Burrell, and especially the upbeat, joyous and uplifting soul/reggae scorcher Little Did They Know by Jesse Royal. Whenever I hear this tune I feel like jumping up and down, while shouting the sing-a-long friendly chorus.

Living Heart Vol. 1 is probably not the best Xterminator compilation out there, but it’s special since it showcases the talents of both father and son. If you need to quench your Xterminator thirst, check Armageddon Times Vol. 1 & 2 and Rough Inna Town – The X-Terminator Sound.

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Phillip “Fatis” Burrell has passed away

Phillip “Fatis” Burrell – one of Jamaica’s greatest and most important producers – passed away last night following compilations from a stroke about two weeks ago, reports several sources.

Phillip Burrell was born in England, but moved to Jamaica where he started his production career in the mid 80’s.

His breakthrough came in the early 90’s when he set up his Xterminator label producing artists such as Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond and a truck load of other well-known singers.

He was also part of the rasta renaissance in the 90’s and instrumental in shaping the careers of Sizzla, Luciano and Turbulence.

The output from the Xtermintor camp slowed down when Sizzla, Luciano and Mikey General left the label in the late 90’s. Recently Phillip Burrell’s son Kareem has put out a number of new riddims on the Xterminator imprint showcasing both old and new talents.

A start to get acquainted with the Xterminator label is the compilation Rough inna Town: The Xterminator Sound on Maximum Pressure. Included are the wicked Luciano & Josey Wales & Charlie Chaplin combination Rebel With A Cause or Luciano’s own chesty Gunzalis with a echo-laid saxophone.

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Rise up Crew porträtterar 90-talsproducenter

Sugen på hesa sångare och arga deejays över stompiga 90-tals beats? I så fall har Reggaemani två heta tips på det du söker. Franska Rise up Crew har nämligen spottat ur sig hela två mixar tillägnade producenterna Phillip “Fattis” Burrell och Richard “Bello” Bell.

Båda producenterna hade sin storhetstid under 90-talet med skivbolagen Xterminator respektive Star Trail. Medan Richard Bell försvunnit från scenen har Phillip Burrell fortsatt en hyfsat framgångsrik karriär även under 2000-talet.

Producenternas gemensamma nämnare är dels hesa sångaren Beres Hammond, dels deras riddims med nästan hyponotiska trummor långt fram i mixen. Hårt, energiskt och rejält dansant.

Richard Bell var en av förgrundsfigurerna i 90-talets musikaliska rastafarirörelse på Jamaica. Hans Star Trail var ett av de ledande skivbolagen inom genren och låg bakom tidiga låtar med artister som Everton Blender, Sizzla och Anthony B. Richard Bells största hit är sannolikt mästerverket Hello Africa med framlidne Garnett Silk.

Favoriterna på Richard Bell-mixen kommer tidigt. Lyssna exempelvis på de många versionerna av Heavy Load-riddim, exempelvis A.R.P och Iyashanti. Eller varför inte klassiska Tempo-riddim, här med versioner av bland annat Everton Blender och Anthony Malvo.

Phillip Burrell inledde karriären redan i början av 80-talet och arbetade hårt och framgångsrikt för att toppa karriären under 90-talet med produktioner för bland annat Luciano, Beres Hammond och Sizzla. Han ligger exempelvis bakom hyllade plattorna Where There is Life med Luciano och Praise Ye Jah och Kalonji med Sizzla.

Phillip Burrell-mixen innehåller flera blytunga låtar med några av 90-talets mest framträdande roots-artister. Lyssna exempelvis på Chant Down Babylon med Luciano och Jah is Alive med Luciano & Charlie Chaplin.

Båda mixarna innehåller över 50 låtar och klockar in på knappa 80 minuter vardera. Det är massor av fantastisk musik som skulle kunna bli tradigt, men tack vare Rise up Crews låtval och proffsiga mixar, så är det svårt att slappna av och släppa taget. Gör som Reggaemani och ladda ner mixarna du också.

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