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Peter Irie - Demo CD
Peter Irie
Tracklist:
1. Karma
2. Robbing
3. Do You Know
4. karma remix
5. Do You Know remix
6. Karma acapella

Peter Irie was born in Hammersmith back in 1968 and has an envious pedigree. In 1983 Peter started to MC on a small reggae sound system - Young Tubby's. In 1985 he progressed to MCing on the famous King Tuby's sound. King Tubby's is where Tipper Irie and Jigs who now plays on Choice FM graduated from. In the early 90's Peter Irie gave up chatting on sounds and messed about with Jungle, but he freely admits that deep down he didn't really feel or like it. Moving on from that he turned his had to writing screenplays around 1997 and since then he has written many short films and even a feature length script and like to class himself as an upcoming screen writer.

In 2000 he started to write lyrics again, but moved on to a rap style, but still retaining that ragga influence which remains obvious. Since then he has continued writing both the scripts and the lyrics and has now put this demo of his musical work together. As he says these are only guide tacks and with regard to the film career, well that is, 'moving slowly but surely'.

On this CD there is three tracks tracks with several different version which Peter Irie gets busy over. He primarily raps down tempo, but with the clarity and diction of a veteran. The flows aren't fantastic, more basic, but they are on point and as there is a fair deal of intelligence in what he is explaining it is a good idea for it to be intelligible. Unfortunately I don't have the track names so I'll have to make them up.

Some of the earlier production is down beat and brings the vibe of the tracks down a bit, but conversely the sounds are well chosen and the the strings on track one, version one, of Karma are really sweet. Track two the Robbing song makes use of everyday sounds like pouring water in the production along side a kettle drum. The pianos and basses of track three are rough, but the singing for the chorus and hook doesn't really work for me. Never the less as he says in this track he is fishing for MCs like they are two different kinds of Carp - sounds abstract? Well not in the context of the song.

Karma version two, track four for example, explains about the consequences of ones actions and occasionally drops back into a more ragga voice over one of the more pumping beats which bounces along with a sawing cello, big kicks and a clappy snare. Track 5 seems to be a remix of track three, Do You Know, which brings an old skool Marly Marl type feel complete with Mix Master Ice type cuts, and overall this is the version which I prefer and even the sung chorus which I wasn't feeling before sounds better here. Towards the end of this track yet another version of the beat kicks in as a teaser of what could be possibly be done to create yet another hot version.

The demo finishes off with the Karma accapella, which as ever could be used by remixers out there, but also spoken word style it is useful to make sure you can check all the words.

Peter Irie has several other strings to his bow, he's the manager of a dance group - Xclusive Performers for whom his nephew who is just starting out as a professional dancer also dances. His family connections are deep as well with reggae singer Little Roy whose hits include Tribal War and Prophecy being his uncle. He has many cousins including Jamaican MC Joseph Cotton and another in America Mark Lowe who is in the rap crew Abstract. Further to this he has another cousin in Canada to complete the world wide flex, Debbie Lowe who sings Rnb and he recommends that we look out. I also recommend that you look out for Peter Irie as he has a nice sound which is easy to listen to and appreciate...
 

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