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Ghetto Priest - Vulture Culture (03 Now in Flac 402mb)
Throughout the history of On-U Sound its hallmark has always been one of originality and distinctiveness. Since its inception there have been several philosophies that Adrian Sherwood has always held close to his heart. Whilst gathering a core of multi-talented singers and players around him in his continuous musical experimentation, he has always striven to help establish these artists in their own right and to nurture new talents that join his fold. Known for some time now as a member of the On-U Sound family and collective and a former football hooligan turned Rastafarian preacher, Ghetto Priest (Wilbourn ' Squidly" Cole) is one such talent. Before making the move into grown-up crime and getting arrested. In prison he turned to Rastafarianism, began writing lyrics, and after his release became part of Sherwood's African Head Charge collective and started MC-ing on the producer's live DJ sets.
As a talented singer Asian Dub Foundation invited him to take on the vocals for the opening track of their "Enemy Of The Enemy" album in 2003, and for even a bigger role on Tank (05). More or lesser known artists like the Underwolves, Sinéad O'Connor, Groove Armada, James Hardway (aka David Harrow) and Little Axe have also flavoured their releases with his guest vocals.
Calling "Vulture Culture" (ON-U LP 1003) a Ghetto Priest album is slightly misleading, as it features 8 singers and 16 players. The album takes on board reggae, ragga and dub elements with a production style that is uniquely Sherwood’s. Sly & Robbie, Jazwad, Style Scott (Dub Syndicate), Keith LeBlanc and Skip McDonald are amongst the players providing the rock solid rhythms. Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie and Crucial Tony were also brought back on-ship to provide a turbulent bass vibration and textured guitar patterns. Ghetto Priest takes centre stage on most of the album but there is plenty of scope for other voices to add to the mix.
There is a dizzying apocalyptic air to many of the tracks, testaments to inner city neuroses. Dub funk grooves are in abundance amongst a blend of righteous incitements and damning indictments of Babylonian establishment. It's a powerful and compelling sound in which Skip McDonald really comes into his own, adding disorienting, searing and abrasive guitar edges to the sound constructions. In short a welcome reminder that the UK roots-reggae scene has not been entirely washed away by the tide of dancehall slackness and bling-obsession.
01 - Dungeon (Voc. Prince Far I) (3:53)
02 - Masters Of Deception (Voc.Omar Perry) (5:32)
03 - Dry Bone (Voc.Simon Bogle) (3:56)
04 - Strange Cargo (5:10)
05 - Earthquake In The Heart Of Rome (4:48)
06 - System Of The Lost Cause Man (Voc.Simon Bogle) (5:03)
07 - Minds (5:03)
08 - Show Them (5:15)
09 - Boom Fire (4:42)
10 - Visionary (4:40)
11 - Come Now (5:28)
12 - Rise Up (5:54)
Ghetto Priest - Vulture Culture (03 ^ 133mb)
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