Face-T: EP1

235f8673-eb6e-451d-99d8-11456b1c654aFrom Jamaican-raised and Montreal-born artist Face-T comes this brand new four-track EP, independently released by Face-T himself. Under the overall guidance of Quebec-based DJ Poirier, the four tracks on this intriguing release feature rhythms and production from Dreadsquad (Poland), Scorpio B (Montreal), Poirier (Quebec) and Glasgow’s very own Mungo’s Hi-Fi.

In Face-T’s words: “Self releasing this EP makes me feel a mix of pride and excitement, similar to fatherhood…I really wanted to take my time to work on it and have fun with the process. For instance, each song was recorded in a different spot -one was at Boogat’s house, another at Poirier’s… They’re also all quite different from each other, which gave me the opportunity to push my vocal range in ways which [I] hadn’t explored before”.

The tracks are pretty diverse and the care with which they have been put together by the performer and each of the collaborators is evident. ‘True Love (Serious Time Riddim)’, with sounds and production from Scottish sound system supremos Mungo’s Hi-Fi, is an excellent opener, combining an old-time easy-feeling lilting rhythm and some splendid DJing over the top, a fine release in its own right before we get any further with the set. ‘Ready For’, produced by Poirier, is a sharper and harder sound altogether, with its call-and-response and electronic beats looking across to dubstep instead of back to mainstream reggae. ‘Dem a Thief’ is a melodic and melancholy reggae song, rendered with feeling, with precise production from Scorpio B; it would have been good to hear more of the hint of dub at the end. The EP closes with ‘Wine (Come Time Riddim)’, produced by Dreadsquad in an upbeat dancehall style, a pleasing way to finish. It’s great to come across an unexpected release like this one, off the radar of the major labels, with four strikingly different tracks that are equally full of power, melody and rhythm.

Face-T ‘EP1’, launch and release March 2015