Soulmedic sends a call for conscious social upliftment in his new album “Fyah Forward”
Today, I have the pleasure to present to you Soulmedic’s brand-new album: “Fyah Forward”, released on May 12th, 2015.
To be honest with you, I first thought that Soulmedic‘s voice was not so special. It was just another album by another Reggae artist but I kept on listening. I discovered that the natural grain of his voice was revealed as he explored the lower tones of his vocal range. That actually made it more unique than I thought. In songs like “Hungry” and “Soulmate”, I wondered if it was the same artist. I was amazingly surprised by the richness and the depth of his voice and he hit the low keys.
As far as the album is concerned, it was produced by Jah Kebra Music and is mostly roots-oriented. Nevertheless, “Fyah Forward” includes a couple of Reggae/Hip Hop crossover tracks, in which Soulmedic showcases his talents at deejaying and rapping alongside rapper Gratitude. All songs are very well produced. None of the songs sound overly computerized like we could sometimes hear nowadays.
In this album, I’ve heard some lyrical prowesses. Soulmedc sings about various topics such as his credo in the Rastafarian faith (“Crown Me”), his love for his girl (“My Number 1 Girl”), social issues (“Know Your Code” featuring Pressure Busspipe) and even sound clash (“Five Star General”). We can also note a sense of humor when he tells haters to “Go take a number and wait in line.” in the track “Take A Number”.
Overall, “Fyah Forward” is a pleasant 1-hour Reggae album to listen to. You might not get into it before the second or third track. But once you’ve passed that, you will easily get carried away by Soulmedic’s charming voice and a set of some really great riddims. “Fyah Forward” fairly deserves a “forward”.
“Fyah Forward” – Track list:
01 Crown Me
02 The Bizness
03 Five Star General
04 Take A Number
05 Hungry feat Rocker T
06 My Number 1 Girl
07 Phoenix Rising feat Gratitude
08 Go! feat Megah Banton
09 Jah I Way
10 Youth A Learn feat Gratitude
11 Know Your Code feat Pressure Busspipe
13 Well Rough feat Mega Banton
14 Bet U Shure
15 Human Family
16 Be All
I would like to give thanks to King I-vier from Royal Order Music for sharing this album with us.