Albert Malawi is one of those names which has just stood the test of time. From his early roots productions in the 70’s to his continuing role as the selector (Ilawi) for the mighty Jah Love Muzik soundsystem which is one of the best, especially with him selecting and Brigadier Jerry on the mic. ‘Looking for Signs’ is an old tune which has been re-licked by the musical visionary Ras Kush from New York on Black Redemption records. The tune retains the same lyrics which are remarkably deep, on a revamped steppers riddim track which, believe me, drops HEAVY on soundsystem. I have heard many of the top roots sounds from the UK playing this piece most notably Jah Voice recently at the University of Dub which was, in fact, the first time that I had heard it. Needless to say, it made my ears prick up because I love the original tune. Many people thought that Malawi had died after a relatively recent shooting (so I’m led to believe) and this shows that he is most definitely alive and kicking. This tune is just a must for all the roots posse, and, when it drops soon on the Black Redemption imprint I’m sure it will sell out quick sharp. The lyrics are deep ‘If I asked for a fish, would you give me a stone? Or would you leave me alone?’ and the riddim is hard especially the dubwise which is pure meditation style. Ras Kush has a knack of taking old riddims, re-licking them and making them his own, just like he did with ‘False Rasta’ by Naggo Morris. This tune and a few others coming out on this label soon are well worth a buy especially the Icho Candy ‘Red White and Blue’ which I reviewed for the online part of our magazine. This one is worth waiting for, the only place to hear this, at time of writing is in the dance…….or at my house!
Review By Jack Duffield.