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    Fred Locks – “Never Give Up” – [VP Records] (1998)

    An Xterminator production, Philip Fatis Burrell’s sound,
    round this time also working with Beres Hammond, Cocoa
    Tea, Admiral Tibet, this album has a much fuller sound,
    with lots of great percussive synthesized even dub type
    sounds samples and dub techniques, incorporated into
    these up-tempo dancy quasi-digi roots, not in a chant
    down or toaster style, nor spaced out irie, but Fred
    Locks delivers pledingly imploringly, rasta conscious
    lyric, such as in Don’t Sell Your Soul, Come Now saying
    step up (to) zion, Never Give Up talking about zion gate.
    Robbie Lynn delivers on the piano, keyboards, and
    synthesizers. You’ve also got Steven Stanley of Youth Sound,
    Dean Frasier of Roots Radics horn line more who mentored
    and works with Tarrus Riley lately, thee Sly Dunbar on
    drums, and Donald Dennis of Fatis’s Firehouse Crew.
    Dreadlocks Princess, has echo horns and chicken picking
    the electric. Throw Down Your Arms, has that Half Pint
    sound as well as samples. Don’t Wait For Me, has a real
    strong wooka wooka bap rhythm. Black Star Liner says run
    go tell your friend, and is the update of the ’75 original
    which is relyricized and musically updated/put on the Real
    Rock riddim (originally touched by CS Dodd, Henry Junjo,
    Joe Gibbs, and lately by Jack Scorpio, Wee Pow, Bulpus),
    and riddim up there with Pass The Kutchie, Sleng Thing,
    and sounds a bit like Entertainment. I enjoyed I Feel
    Like Job the most from this album, All Is Vanity is also
    great.

    -DADA DIOGENES

  • Reviewed by Grizzly Adam on September 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm
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