Legendary Wackies artist Jerry Harris returns with the second single from his new album entitled ‘Consciousness’ with another storming roots track called ‘More Schools’. The message of the track is in keeping with the title of the LP and is a lovely piece of music indeed, after the first single ‘Health Conscious’ this is another heavyweight piece straight out of the big apple.
The message of the song is that there are many prisons being built but what about schools? It’s easy to punish someone if they are not taught the right way to live and carry themselves. Jerry Harris continues to tackle real issues that are relevant to the times in which we live, and he does it with such a wealth of knowledge and experience behind him that it makes you sit up and listen to exactly what he is saying on the track. In modern times where people glamorise badness and promote division, it is so healthy to see that people out there are taking the initiative to make some music that can touch people and make people connect.
The riddim is ruff too, I am lucky enough to have been playing this tune for a while now and what can I say, original style roots and culture here folks, no computers in sight. The horns on the track are, in my opinion, very Wackies influenced and this element gives the tune as a whole such a stand out quality. This is the kind of riddim that you would expect to be coupled with the subject matter of the tune if you lived in an ideal world.
Remember, there is a whole new LP full of this kind of material, and it is very diverse in flavour, with roots music and even mento appearing on the same disc. The CD is available now to buy at all good record stores and once again, I recommend that everybody that reads this goes forward to buy a copy. Ernie B and Dub Vendor both have it in stock.
Without artists like this, we wouldn’t have roots music as we know it today, to me it’s amazing that the guy is still out there working hard after all these years and still coming up with the goods! I love wacky music and if you do too then get your debit cards out and support real music, you can hear the New York vibes running through the music.
Review By Jack Duffield.