Saturday, 7 March 2020

NEW MUSIC REVIEW: Rondell Positive vs. Kevin Downswell – Who has the hotter new gospel track?

KEVIN Downswell’s increasingly vast musical catalogue includes up-tempo praise-and-worship anthems (“Stronger”, “I Feel Like Running”) and beautifully crafted gems that inspire deep reflection (“Safe”, “The Meaning of Life”, “If It’s Not You”). His latest release, “Carry Me,” easily falls into the latter category, impressing listeners as a powerful, moving prayer that reminds us that we all need divine guidance and direction in these deeply troubling times. Clocking in at nearly 10 minutes, it’s produced by the artiste’s own Downswell Records. And we hardly mind the excessive length, given its melodiousness and soulful-spiritual appeal…. Rondell Positive, meanwhile, has scored one of the most life-affirming and radio-ready tracks of his career, with the release of “The Mirror (We are the Change),” an upbeat record echoing the timeless message that real, impactful change on society, and the world at large, starts with the man in the mirror. Produced by Barbwiya Music, expect this one to rule local gospel charts heading into summer. 
“Carry Me” (A-); “The Mirror” (B+)

Also enjoying rotation:

>> Dancehall: Money talks, money is power… Masicka is all about his paper on the slinky, Armzhouse Records-produced track “Rich,” which celebrates the mile-high life and the all-powerful dollar sign. B

>> Reggae: Off his buzzworthy EP of the same name, Mortimer’s “Fight the Fight” speaks to the courage and conviction required for overcoming trials and riding out life’s storms. B+

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