The Foundation sound record label has been putting out music since 2009, with the sound itself being in existence since 1981. This year we have seen two releases from the label, the first being ‘Happens Everyday’ by Reality Souljahs and the second being this; a re-working of Ini Kamoze’s ‘Trouble You a Trouble Me’. The riddim is a heavy digital version of the Sly & Robbie original which landed in 1984 on the pair’s famous Taxi label. The 12” inch cut of this is the one to look for.
Dark Angel, a wicked vocalist who I have had the pleasure of seeing chat on sound on a couple of occasions, smashes this track with his contemplative lyrics and rootsy vibe. He calls to ‘lay his burdens down by the river side’ and the song is a testament to his Rasta faith. The riddim and singer combination works well, the sweet vocal style of Dark Angel matched with the heavy ‘machine gun’ claps obtains a brilliant balance. This tune drops so heavy on a sound, I have heard Foundation sound nearly tear the roof of a venue playing dubplate cuts of this! Definitely one to check if you can get to Norwich to see them play a dance with the legendary Jah Tubbys and another local sound called Full Tone at the Waterfront venue on the 22nd of June. That is the only place to hear these tunes really hit their full potential – the dancehall. There are also next mixes on the 12” including the TMSV remix from a Dutch remixer and also the Dirty D edit, which add other vibes to this quality release.
King Sammy and Ed Foundation, the men behind the riddims at the Foundation label have once again managed to release a killer and this is the first 12” from the imprint. I know for a fact that there is more to come and the single itself is now available in all GOOD record shops on the street or online. I recommend this tune to the Wordplay massive as once again it’s a positive musical creation from the UK. Big up Ed and all of the Foundation crew, heavyweight sound and label, we look forward to your new music.
Review By Jack Duffield