Ric Carbi & Dohlance - "Smoking The Highest" (3:44)
Salute - "Smoking Riddim" (4:21)
Review: This is a classic riddim from the hard working folk at Room In The Sky with a new vocal on top, available for the first time on vinyl. Produced by Lewis M, lead tune 'Smoking The Highest' teases and toys with you until it eventually drops into a big, happy, horn lead groove. The vocals are clean and crisp on top, paying love and respect to the smoke as the drums wiggle and horns continue to reach for the skies. Salute takes care of the remix on the flip and ups the ante, with fat bottomed bass and a more noodling lead all vying for your attention.
Review: Room In The Sky know how to serve up top notch reggae instrumentals, and few do them better than The Inn House Crew. There's a slight sadness to the forlorn melodica playing that drifts over "The Roach" but the cheerier nature of the chords mean you aren't allowed to wallow for too long, and the jangled drums and riffs are always keen to move you along. Flipside "Rathid" is a more classic roots cut with dusty drums and woodblock hits that bring the warmth.
Review: Room In The Sky round out another year of leading the dub scene with a classically tinged 7" from Ras Ranger and AJ Franklin. "Lost Identity" sees the former perform some fine lyrical dexterity with his tightly woven rhymes and authentic Jamaican patois. They twist and turn over the analogue guitar and tumbling toms, warm bass and reggae goodness. Flip over for "Ten To One" and sink into its gentle rolling grooves and sunny lead sax.
Review: New school dub warriors Juliaiasiah & Salute link up for another devastating dub that comes right and ready from the off. The mid tempo drums in "Cool Nah Man" rumble up and down with contemporary chords that do a fine job of lighting up the beats with a modern edge. The low slung bass does its dirty work way down below, with a sweet vocal line riding away up top. On the flipside is the more stripped back and heady dub, though the drums and that ace lead sax still do plenty of damage.
Review: Winston Ready has been turning out the grooves since the eighties, but now Room in the Sky have got some red hot new material from him in cahoots with The Inn House Crew (who as the title suggest are the label's in house team.) "Created By The Father" is a feel good jaunt with some playful brass leads and a jangling rhythm section. It's earthy and authentic and the flip is a masterful dub that somehow becomes even deeper and more inviting. Once again this label has come correct. Don't sleep.
Review: Those with a love of reggae should be familiar with the work of Winston Reedy - after all, he's been offering up singles and albums since the early 1970s. His latest album sees him join forces with the Inn House Crew, a specially created band of legendary Jamaican players, to deliver a slick, super-sweet selection of soulful reggae covers and original tracks. Reedy's voice is superb - emotive, rich and soothing - while the backing tracks are warm, sunny and groovy, sitting somewhere between classic 1970s reggae and the digital style that has dominated since the 1980s. It all adds up to a hugely enjoyable and entertaining set that's as summery and smile-inducing as they come.
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