Previously Namusoke has released two singles, Murder Time and Survive on the German Buback label in 2003 and 2004, but this is her first foray into the UK. There is a couple of surprising guest appearances on this which also make for the best tracks.
The EP opens up with Good Body Girls, which has a definite Ragga feel, but is a bit too slow to be a proper dancefloor filler. The track is graced by the vocals of Rodney P who lights up the track with his descriptions of the types of girls he likes and the girls that can be seen in a dancehall.
Fire & Burn is anthemic with big strings and an overworking of the old effects box. Million Dan features on the track and delivers his verse in his distinctive nasal tones.
Overall I feel that Namusoke’s lyrics are a bit light-weight for me. Partly delivered in a semi-sung, semi-rapped, half spoken word, half soul singing style I don’t feel I am connecting with what she has to say. Additionally I don’t feel a depth to the stories and this failing is not backed up with an in-your-face delivery.
The LP is produced by The Sea who has produced for Rodney P and Dynamite MC. Here he delivers some big beats. The sounds are well chosen and blend Hip Hop with Reggae and add an African touch, but can be a bit static, so I can’t give it full marks as the quantize seems a bit too on beat and some swing is lacking.
So, there are many good points about this release, but all told, it is not overly my cup of tea. No-doubt this will appeal to a wide selection of people due to its accessible sound
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