Perfect – Born Dead With Life [2008]

Perfect - Born Dead With Life [2008]

Perfect - Born Dead With Life [2008]

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Released on Irie Vibrations Records in 2008, this is ‘Born Dead With Life’ by Perfect, aka Greg Rose, aka Perfect Giddimani.

Originally from Jamaica, Perfect spent time in Europe and this album originates out of Austria.

Pretty serious and striking artwork for a modern reggae release – the cover shows a black and white background featuring notable black icons (Haile Selassie, Black Panthers etc…) and scenes from social movements, with a colour image of Perfect in the center holding a new-born baby and a skull. This is a hand drawn cover that looks amazing and pretty much gives you a sense of what to expect – that this isn’t really a party album, lots of serious reasoning going on here.

Tracklisting:
1. Greg Rose
2. This City
3. Hanging Day
4. 30 Pieces
5. Smile
6. Love in Your Heart
7. Journey
8. Unforgivable
9. Rasta Dubplate
10. Unlock
11. Catch a Fire
12. Interlude Speech
13. Da Rendition
14. Black Seeds
15. WTC 9/11
16. Born Dead with Life

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Prince Malachi – One Perfect Love

Prince Malachi - One Perfect Love

Reggae Fact: Prince Malachi has the roundest face in the reggae business. The perfect roundness of his face is often used by the Jamaican beach-ball industry as a blueprint in order to create the perfect beachball for holiday-makers.

Joking aside, this is a full-on digital roots offering from Prince Malachi with lyrics and subject material that wouldn’t be out of place on a 70s roots record from the rastafarian heyday…as the track listing suggests.

Track Listing:

1. Intro
2. System
3. Burning
4. New Dawn
5. Protect Your Home
6. Read Your Bible
7. Fire Chant
8. Each One Teach One
9. 1966
10. Keep on Talking
11. One Perfect Love
12. Outro

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Alborosie – Escape From Babylon (2009)

Alborosie - Escape From Babylon (2009)

As we have written elsewhere, we love the classic cartoon-style reggae album covers…….and this has it in spades. The artwork was done by Tony McDermott – who was famous for creating most of the famous cartoon Greensleeves album sleeves (like the Scientist albums) in the 1980s.

Alborosie is an interesting character and has only been on the dancehall scene for a few of years, but basically, he’s a white Italian from Sicily who has grown huge dreads and taken up residence in Kingston Jamaica and has made quite a stir on the music scene.

Fortunately for Alborosie, he’s hugely talented so somehow manages to pull it off. The cover shows a cartoon Alborosie leading a chain of people through a wrecked and dirty city, acting as a modern day ‘Pied Piper’ type of character, leading his people ‘out of babylon’ (and probably not back to Sicily) – except that he’s a white Italian with dreads.

The album is actually very good indeed, full of heavy bass-lines, and intelligent and witty singjay lyrics. Definitely one of the best reggae releases of 2009 – as well as being one of the best dancehall album covers for 2009.

Track Listing:

  • 1. America
  • 2. No Cocaine
  • 3. Mama She Don’t Like You (Ft. I-Eye)
  • 4. Global War
  • 5. Money
  • 6. Irusalem
  • 7. I Can’t Stand It (Ft. Dennis Brown)
  • 8. Real Story
  • 9. Good Woman
  • 10. Dung A Babylon
  • 11. One Sound (Ft. Gramps Morgan)
  • 12. Humbleness
  • 13. Promise Land
  • 14. Mr. President
  • 15. Operation Uppsala
  • 16. Likkle Africa

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