Rackaz [CD/DVD]

Rackaz [CD/DVD]


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The Down Sound Records crew exploded in 2005 thanks to two things, the strictly conscious Fantan Mojah and the "Sweet Sop" riddim, the basis for Nanko's massive hit "Lucky You." The label's one-drop sound found favor in the dancehall-satiated, roots-starved Jamaica, and soon New York City's Hot 97 and the BBC's 1 Extra radio program were falling under the spell. Released in 2006, Rackaz is an up-to-the-minute collection that allows listeners to celebrate the young label's achievements with all the necessary tracks and their videos, to boot. "Lucky You" is a sweet, infectious yearn for the stability of family life with Nanko looking to leave the streets behind and join the ranks of those with responsibilities (and cable television). Fantan's "Hail to the King" is an earthy wonder with nyabinghi drums swaying under the singer's moving ode to Jah. The two tracks from the incarcerated Jah Cure are up to his usual high standards, Capleton's "Invasion" burns the house down, and D.Y.C.R.'s "Misunderstanding" might be simply a joke set to music, but it's a hilarious joke with some biting political commentary. Its video is the highlight of the bonus DVD, which also includes interesting footage documenting how Jah Cure is able to record vocal tracks while in prison. "Lucky You" was so big in the world of reggae that it brought out the haters who grew sick and tired of Jamaican radio's long love affair with the track. Don't let them convince you that Rackaz is anything less than the sound of 21st century roots music or a compilation of great importance.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2006
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645231923
catalogNumber: 2319
Rank: 173355

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pam Hall   Background Vocals
Ian Coleman   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Donald Dennis   Bass,Keyboards
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Bongo Herman   Bongos,Bass Drums,Cabasa
Melbourne Miller   Drums
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Heather Cummings   Background Vocals
Rick Pier O'Neil   Drums,Keyboards,Fretless Bass Guitar
Ellenore "Brady" Walters   Background Vocals
Randevon Patrick   Drums
Michael "Angel" Adams   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Flute

Technical Credits

S. Walker   Composer
L. Minott   Composer
M. Collins   Composer
Rick Pier O'Neil   Engineer
Andrew Prendergast   Producer
G. Randall Wright   Composer
Deron D. James   Art Direction
C.S. Dodd   Composer
Duane Stephenson   Producer
Josef Bogdanovich   Producer
Olivier Chastan   Producer
Sonita Walker   Producer
Jana Saleh   Producer
Michael "Angel" Adams   Engineer

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