Still Disturbed

Still Disturbed (2014)

This 15 track album sees Ward 21 return to top form. In the first track, the 1 minute lasting “Intro”, the crew mentions some of their biggest hits and riddims. It’s done in a very clever way, ’cause when you get the impression that this track is really taking off, it’s “War Start” that drops in. It’s the first of four tunes featured on this album that are underpinned by relicks of classic riddims. A remixed version of the immortal “Stalag” is utilized for the hard hitting “War Start”, while the much versioned “Far East” and “He Prayed” aka “Dub Organizer” riddims underpin “We Danger” and “Herbs Man” respectively. There’s also the previously released single “Mic Magician”, inspired by Super Cat’s “Under Pressure”, which comes on a resuscitated version of the “Heavenless” riddim.

The old skool vibed “Mic Magician” features guest appearances by talented up and comers Marcy Chin and DeeWuun, both from Ward 21’s very own artist camp called Bada Bada Gang. Other artists, in this case real big names, that have linked up are Sean Paul and Konshens. The Sean Paul collaboration, “Ben’ U Back”, is a solid effort delivered on a stuttering riddim track that somewhat reminds of Dave Kelly’s “Showtime” from 1997. However, it’s “Out” with Konshens that can be regarded as being the best combination tune (and also one of the standouts) featured on this album, although “Wife Versus Mate” featuring Marcy Chin isn’t far behind. When it comes to solo efforts it’s “Spot The J”, along with “Clappin’ U Back” and “Cut Inna Face”, that without any doubt can be ranked amongst to the standouts. Especially “Clappin’ U Back” takes us back to the days when Ward 21 knew how to roll.

“Still Disturbed” shows that Dancehall’s maddest crew takes no prisoners. Ward 21 is back in full force and that’s very good news for the avid fan of uncompromising Dancehall music.