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