Monday, 4 August 2014

REBEL WITH A CAUSE: Chronixx's Dread & Terrible reveals the rootsy radical behind the potent lyricist

HOW MI SOUND? The artist's one-of-a-kind musicality shines through.

First impressions, they say, are everything. With his debut EP Dread & Terrible (dropped in April but back in business on iTunes) ascendant artist Chronixx squanders zero opportunity in putting the music world on notice that reggae music has a new saving grace. Sceptics are quick to label him the flavour of the moment, but time will tell. And if his recent track record is anything to go by, he seems intent on proving the cynics wrong - and yielding favourable results while doing so.

Full of defiance and radical ideologies (and featuring solid production work from studio wizards like Winta James and the Zinc Fence fam), Dread & Terrible is the work of a gifted lyricist with a rebellious streak who takes everything with a grain of salt. At 21, Chronixx is probing, provocative, curious, Rasta to the core, and makes no bones about challenging the powers that be - and what we were taught in history class.

Whether he's questioning the legitimacy of saltfish (originally from Norway?) being part of our national dish on the repeat-worthy "Eternal Fire" or the therapeutic wonders of the herb on "Spirulina", he intelligently courts controversy and relishes it, with a delivery as self-assured as it is hypnotic. 

Aside from the aforementioned hit "Eternal Fire," the artist delivers best on "Here Comes Trouble," on which he extols the virtues of today's conscious Rasta youts and "Like a Whistle," which promotes taking the moral high ground and wholesome family values. For those keeping track, this is the man who also gave us the breakout hits "Smile Jamaica," "Behind Curtain" and "Warrior" - a trio of radio-playlist favourites. 

Chronnix, who recently lit up NBC's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, is rapidly emerging as an important young voice in contemporary reggae whose anthems of peace-over-conflict, powered by emotional uplift, affirm courage and sound reasoning while highlighting the sad truth that in this deeply ironic age, all is not black and white. Tyrone's Verdict: A-

DOWNLOAD: Spirited opening cut "Alpha and Omega"

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