Strategy Of Rome Mykal Rose - Recorded primarily in Denmark on a week-long break from Mykal’s European tour last summer, STRATEGY OF ROME brings back the original Black Uhuru sound, with heavy drums and bass, smooth harmonies and catchy tunes you’ll find yourself singing or at least, humming, hours after you listen.
Expertly produced by Adil ‘Jahdil’ Nadri & Søeren ‘Pharfar’ Schou of Ice Drop Records, two of the most talented and innovative artists/ producers/musicians out of Denmark, well known for their high professional standards in music, the album sparkles with crisp production values.
On the STRATEGY OF ROME you can feel the good vibes happening in the studio when topical songs and well rested vocals meet live instrumentation and excellent production. The album features 11 tracks, all of them worthy.
It opens with Give a Thanks on the Cold Times Riddim, a blend of Rocksteady and Roots. And in case you’re wondering, there will be plenty of “stanee- ah-hoy-danyyahoy-ah-woy”s to go around, as well as some new linguistic creations interspersed with the inspiring lyrics on the album.
Dem Want advises “practice a yard before you go abroad”. As the title says, “Spiritually, consciously, morally, norally, dem want”. The man is a certified crooner as he relates what “your mother used to say” and offers praises to the King.
Listen for the drop dead bass drum and Rose’s distinctive vocal on African Unity, which identifies Africa as “the abiding place, the food basket of the world” and asks black people to “stand up strong” because “judgement day is near.”
Mykal is On the Move Again because “nothing can stop me now” as obstacles in the way are overcome. This one proves that no one can harmonize with Mykal better than Mykal
Get Rid of Trouble picks up the tempo (and the bass) as Rose exhorts us to “have some happiness”.
You may remember Mykal asking what is your Wish to Life from last year’s Digi Mi Digi Riddim EP, hoping you “live the life you love, love the life you live”.
Gimme Jah Love has the catchiest (and, ok, most repetitive) hook in – “love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love” – referring to Jah’s loving. Mykal’s vocal prowess is on display on this one, as he scales up, down and all around the melody line.
Mr. Collie’s claymation video seems to add some fun to the song until the scene moves from the recording studio to the weed fields where the police start discharging their machine guns at the farmers.
Next Rose asks “How long we must remain under the Strategy of Rome”, referring to the metaphorical seat of Babylon. From the first drumbeat, through the subtle but tasty horn parts, to the fading echoes of “ooh yeah” the title track doesn’t disappoint.
On These are the Days the speed gets knocked up even more notches while an echo laden vocal begs us to “hail Jah Rastafari every day” while “shouldering our burdens”.
Last but far from least, Downpressor Man closes
out the album on a somber note as Mykal asks why said man “keeps holding us
down” over the Nyabinghi drums and pervasive crickets in the background.
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