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New ska and rocksteady album from Alpheus

New ska and rocksteady album from Alpheus

New ska and rocksteady album from Alpheus

By Angus Taylor on Friday, December 3, 2010 - 7 comments

Listen to From Creation and Turnaround Ball off From Creation out January 18th.

Sampler

The pure-singing style of Britain's Studio 1 protégé Alpheus has been absent from a long-playing release since 2007’s Special Delivery album 'Everything For A Reason'. Alpheus - From CreationNow, at long last, he is back with follow-up 'From Creation', and a surprising change of direction - which he insists is permanent.

Produced by Roberto Sanchez for A-Lone and FAK Records out of Spain, the album is entirely devoted to ska and rocksteady sounds. Classic rhythms abound from the Wailers to the work of the criminally underrated producer Phil Pratt. The backings to his instrumental Dirty Dozen and vocal Little Things (originally sung by Hemsley Morris) have been painstakingly recreated by Sanchez - as if Pratt had been given access to the clarity of modern recording equipment back in the day.

Alpheus explains, “I kept quiet for about 18 months after the album for Special Delivery. I only went on one one-drop riddim for a label in Nantes called Metastone and that was my last one-drop. I'm not doing that any more. Now it's only ska and rocksteady - music that's long lasting".

Whether Alpheus sticks to his plan or not, 'From Creation' is slated for a January 18th cd or download release.

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Posted by Guillaume Bougard on 12.04.2010
Bad! Sounds very nice. I hope this album succeeds. Alpheus is a wicked singer, the riddims are tough. Go deh!

Posted by xavier on 12.04.2010
Yes true, its a good news.

Posted by Rudolph on 12.05.2010
Nice to see that the Ska and Rock Steady tradition is being kept alive. Alpheus is an artist to keep a watchful eye on. Bless

Posted by Camille on 12.13.2010
The album has now been put back to January 18th. We have changed the date on this news accordingly.

Posted by aceofspades on 12.14.2010
GREAT album ! the tunes featured here are definitely not the best on the album ( they were available on 7"'s few people seem to have noticed last year), which says a lot about the standards on the album.
Alpheus is not only a great stylist, he also has a distinctive voice. As for "ska and rock steady tradition being kept alive", he probably is one of the very few artists of JA origins carrying the flag (alongside P Hunnigale, Peter Spence, Courtney John...) but there are many groups keeping it alive all around the world with much style as well.

Posted by Paulo Matos / REGGAE PORTUGAL on 12.14.2010
Definitely 1 of the best albums made on the last years. Serious Reggae Music.

Posted by Camille on 12.15.2010
At the time of writing we did not have access to the full album. Only the singles. We got the album on the day after this news was published but wanted to spread the word as soon as possible.

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