Love and Affection

Love and Affection - 2007

Opening with the beautiful conscious “Bless The Children”, a prime example of a great melodic one drop riddim backing a melodious delivery of a great plea to Jah to protect and bless children, on the second tune “Ghetto Life” Pressure rides Don Corleon’s take on the classic great Sly & Robbie production of the Tamlins take on Randy Newman’s “Baltimore”, featuring a wicked sample of King Kong throughout the tune lending extra power to what already would be a killer tune and then his instant classic “Love And Affection” that has already (rightfully) been included on both VP Records’ “Reggae Gold 2007″ and Greensleeves’ “The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2007″ follows. Pressure convincingly shows he is a strong singjay chanter as well with the wonderful “Touch The Sky”, before switching back to melodious singing again for the heartfelt “Hear My Cry” over Donovan ‘Vendetta’ Bennett’s ‘Far Away’-riddim and the smashing latest 45-release “Be Free” with its brilliant piano-line, sober one-drop backing with an undeniable crossover-potential supporting the punchline my people be free because the world is yours. Michael ‘DJ Liquid’ Brissett is the producer of the singjayed ganja tune “Most Wanted” and “Personality” (a.k.a. “Stress”), a great tune over the by Don Corleon for DJ Liquid’s H2O label build ‘Bluetooth’-riddim.

Christopher ‘Longman’ Birch produced the excellent (is it) love tune “No Fight” over his ‘Dreams’-riddim, followed by the great singjayed “Boogey Man” for Donovan ‘Vendetta’ Bennett and the Wayne ‘Purple Skunk’ Morris production of the Nyahbinghi chant “Africa”. One of Don Corleon’s hottest lovers riddims this past year has been ‘Love Potion’ and Pressure’s “So Appealing” is a great over this riddim, showing his smoother approach once more, followed by his magnificent cry to the people to “Show Love” and in return you’ll receive the same and his piano-ballad prayer “Till Shiloh Comes” that might too much popsoul for some, but a great tune for others who appreciated Sizzla’s high-pitched “Soul Deep” attempts as well. ‘Back Ache’ is the Don Corleon hardcore dancehall riddim backing Pressure’s upful conscious “Never Fall” before the album is closed with the great sung and singjayed “Why” with its superb piano-driven backing in great style, an album that surely will received mixed reactions, as it is different from his earlier V.I. roots based debut album “The Pressure Is On”, but it is an absolute must for all lovers of Don Corleon’s one-drop and lovers productions, that deserves to be heard (and most likely bought) by every reader of this review, as it’s one of the best albums to have been released in 2007.