Reggae, Dub and Ska from the deep swamps of Finland. Fat Belt
Records has gathered the best of finnish reggae to this album. The music is authentic and true to the roots of Jamaican reggae.
This compilation introduces the cream of finnish reggae artists. The album represents a variety of music from finnish producers, singers and groups, from traditional 70’s styley Roots Reggae to Ska. All tracks are previously unreleased.
The album starts with a 70’s style dub from Studio Red “Puffin’ Dub”, a studio project from the musician/producer, Deadly Kojak. This is followed up with singer, Hosni’s song, “Easy” which is a crossover between todays and 70’s sound, produced by Lightman & The Flexatones, One of the album’s highlights. Momo Cat, Papa Zai and producer Bommitommi introduces you to a 90’s style riddim with a track named “Pressure”. Lightman has dug another jewl, “Barely Human” from his dusty 8-track archives. Again great melodica playing and an astonishing organ solo in the end of the track. The compilation then features Natty Kauka, Puppa J and the band Tasottavat with “Heart Not Clean”. A mix between old and new roots reggae/dancehall sound. From a city called Jyväskylä in the middle of Finland comes Blood Dracula. A new name in the Finnish reggae scene. A dubbed instrumental track “Happy Boy” that will make your lips turn up into a smile. Singer, Puppa J and the producer, Deadly Kojak continue with their collaboration, “Tree Of Life”. Then comes Deadly Kojak and Giorgio Live from Studio Red with a deep dub “Nights Inna Dubtank”.
The stage is now set for Jukka Poika & Jenkkarekka. “Sticks For The Stove” is about living in Finnish countryside. Jukka Poika is probably the best known reggae artist in Finland. The track is produced by Didier Selin. Le Logan Rockérs impresses with an instrumental, “Rootsikka Mello” that has a true lo-fi sound. Have a listen to the bongo player ! To keep things interesting, next up is a Ska tune. The Valkyrians increases the tempo for a while with “Valkyrians Ska”. Blood Dracula with “Speeding” decreases the tempo a bit with a reggae/dub track with afrofunk influences. Lightman comes up with another of his older tracks, “Yasser Gosser” which has a strong middle eastern, maybe even bit klezmer style vibes. The last two tracks are from a band Roots Cultivation. “Mama Africa” is a strong classic roots reggae song. The CD is closed with a beatiful Dub, “Fruits And Flowers Dub” produced by Bommitommi.