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The Clearly Riddim from Itation Records

The Clearly Riddim from Itation Records

The Clearly Riddim from Itation Records

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A sparkling one drop from the Tune In Crew.


The Clearly Riddim is a quality one drop from Itation Records and the Tune In Crew with a nice clear and precise beat, a keyboard that kind of throbs in and out then echoes off into the distance, while a gently plucked guitar skips through sporadically; though not often enough for me.

It has been voiced by some familiar names in the reggae world like Lutan Fyah, Mega Banton, Pressure and Omar Perry along with some names that are maybe not so familiar to some.

The Lyrical content superimposed over the riddim from these artists covers most bases from the conscious credentials of the double-edged dread and fire on gravel voiced Fantan Mojah’s “Bust The Chain” or Khari Kill’s “Chant Rain Showers” to a message of love from Ras Indio’s “Look In Your Eye”, or even a herbalist anthem like “Higher Set Of Weed” by Nah Switch.

Lutan Fyah’s sings a praise worthy ode to Jah Rastafari on “Jah Will” while Messenjah Selah adds an almost gospel spirit with “Higher Ground”. Only one female artist appears on here in the shape of the silkily soulful Lady Passion, with a song of warmth and togetherness “No Place Like Home”. I feel it's a shame that more female artists aren't on show as I feel the easy sway of this riddim is well suited to a female lead. The two songs that were released earlier this year Kali Blaxx's "Nah Trust Them" and Pressure's "Be What You Want To Be" a song again with a positive message that life is what you make it, though things will not always be easy are here as well.

It's tough really to pick stand out cuts and it's just going to be a case of which vocalist or vocal style you prefer, but I feel that there will be a few more people wanting to add their take on this riddim than just the 17 that are assembled here over the next few months, or even years.

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