|Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
| Vocals : 4
| Backing : 4
|| Production : 4
|| Sound quality : 5
|| Sleeve : 4
In 2003 singer/rapper Jay Lorou met drummer/producer Manolo Honkoop and since then they frequently played together at jam sessions and between 2004 and 2005 in the 8-piece reggae band New System that was headlining several reggae party's in local venues in Wageningen, the Netherlands.
In his homeland Ivory Coast Jay Lorou was one of the front performers of the local rap scene. In the Netherlands he continued his career as a reggae and hip-hop artist. In 2002, after just a few rehearsals, he gave a well received reggae concert at the Liberation Festival in Wageningen and then was support act for The Skatalites later that month.
Manolo Honkoop (Dutch-Latino roots) is a multi-talented musician who is known for his unconventional style. He plays several instruments but he excels in drums and percussion. Next to being a reggae specialist he has also recorded and performed with Nu-jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock bands. Besides being a musician he also works as a sound-engineer and producer in his own studio.
They discovered their power as a duo when Manolo started recording and producing some of Jay Lorou's songs, which led to the birth of New Sound Sistim. On stage they perform as a 6-piece band with guest musicians like guitarist Herman Snel, saxophone players, percussionists and even a DJ/scratcher. In the studio and on stage New Sound Sistim has developed a fresh and modern reggae sound using the members' interest in other musical styles like jazz and hip-hop.
And now there's finally New Sound Sistim's debut cd "This World", a very entertaining and well produced collection of tunes with an authentic feel and refreshing original sound. The listener is treated to 11 solid tracks, ranging from consious roots reggae to ragga/drum&bass and dub. "Tam Tam" and "Rastaman" are performed in French, the rest of the songs in English. Not only musically there's a lot to enjoy, also lyrically this album has enough tunes that keep you involved till the very end. Message tunes like "Revolution", "This World", "Stand Up And Fight", and "Rally Round" are food for thought and truly worth of hearing. But there are also pieces such as "Good Vibes" and "Sensi" that carry a more feelgood vibe.
All in all a worthwhile debut set from a much promising band. Check it out!!
Hoog en Laag