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Respected reggae elders represent in classic style while young veterans and up-and comers surprise with fresh twists through fourteen vocal tunes and two instrumentals on the first one-riddim album from Stubborn Records' Version City Rockers. "Fortitude" presents wicked roots reggae and dub immersed in Rastafarian Niyabinghi drums, providing the backdrop for 16 smoking and very varied interpretations. True to the title, this riddim never lets up, reminding us that with all of the uncertainty in the world, we must always stick to our principles. With each track lovingly treated and carefully and individually mixed, the album plays like an extended piece in movements, steadily evolving over the deep and steady groove. From the beautiful, conscious lyrics of reggae and dancehall legend Johnny Osbourne's "Let There Be Love" through producer King Django's breakneck flow of wisdom, "The More I Learn," and the sultry, dreamy sounds of original rocksteady master Carl Dawkins' "Tranquility," Fortitude goes down like a super-relevant tonic against today's troubled times.
01. Johnny Osbourne - Let There Be Love 02. Prince Alla - We No Want No Bomb 03. Pampidoo - Selassie I Rule 04. Carl Dawkins - Tranquility 05. Jack Ruby Jr. - Action Time 06. King Django - The More I Learn 07. Rocker T - Dread Inna Mi Heart 08. Justin Rothberg - God of Abraham 09. Little John - I Feel Good 10. Nigger Kojak - Give Ear 11. P-Dub - Solitude 12. Kapaichie - One For All 13. Carlton Livingston - Vex 14. Drew Daniels - Talk About Love 15. Prophet Adam - Final Judgment 16. Gideon Blumenthal - Tabernacle
Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by King Django at Version City, New Brunswick, NJ Lead Vocals recorded at Version City, New Brunswick, NJ, Version City Mobile in Kingston, Jamaica and various other studios in far-flung locations “Solitude” mixed by King Django and P-Dub Ben Herson: Drums Rob Jost: Bass Shane Gooding: Rhythm Guitar Brett Tubin: Rhythm and Pick Guitar Gideon Blumenthal: Organ Congo Ashanti Roy: Binghi Drumming Justin Rothberg: Lead Guiitar King Django: Piano, Toy Piano, Toy Glockenspiel, Percussion, Backing Vocals Obi Fernandez, P-Dub, Tommi Infamous: Backing Vocals Roaring Lion: Backing Vocals and Sound Effects on “One For All” All songs written by featured artist and King Django Pulbished by Version City/ASCAP Artwork by Zuzuku/José Andrés Blanco aka Blanquito Man Layout by King Django Special thanks to Co-Executive Producer Manolo Clemente