The Empire Riddim (2014) - Various Artists
The Montreal based label Riddim Wise is proud to present their new production The Empire Riddim. This new album features some of the biggest names in Jamaican reggae such as Anthony B, Lutan Fyah, Turbulence, Jah Mason, and Specatcular, but also some of the best artists from Canada like Exco Levi (3 time Juno Award winner), Mikey Dangerous (1 time Juno Award winner), Dan Fiyah Beats, Marky Lyrical, Face-T and Soké from the duo Banx&Ranx.
The three partners from Riddim Wise have been making their name by hosting a radio show for the past fourteen years as well as performing live « Sound Systems » and working as a recording and production label. Their mission was to unify artists from different country's on one common « Riddim ». This is their second one riddim album project, following The Downtown Riddim released in 2012.
Diversity and quality are definitely present, as veterans and big stars share the spotlight with young and upcoming artists. Lyrically the songs range from talking about fighting freedom to resiliency, from militancy to spirituality, bringing a very rich and conscious aspect to this album.
This album also feature’s a rare combination between Lutan Fyah and Turbulence on the song « Criminal », talking about the inequity between rich and poor and the problems created by the society of consumption and materialism. A video is now in production and should be released in the beginning of 2015.
The Empire Riddim offers a wonderful collaboration between Canada and Jamaica, in the purest reggae tradition of the « One Riddim » album. Available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby for download or streaming.
01. Lutan Fyah & Turbulence - Criminal
02. Dan Fiyah Beats - I Love Jah Jah
03. Jah Mason - Hail Far I
04. Marky Lyrical - The Mystic
05. Mikey Dangerous - Protect Me Jah
06. Soké (Banx & Ranx) - Empire
07. Anthony B - Let It Play
08. Face T - Enemies Haffi Flea
09. Exco Levi - Irie JA
10. Spectacular - Tek Back
11. Riddim Wise - The Empire Riddim Instrumental