Clinark Journey to Foreign

Clinark Journey to Foreign
Bermuda's tiny scene is usually overlooked in the reggae world, but hopefully the success of Collie Buddz will help change that for other artists. While Journey to Foreign is Clinark's solo debut, he previously recorded under the name Dill-in-Jah and several of his singles show up here in remix form, such as the excellent "Colonized" and "Life In The Ghetto." Journey to Foreign offers an impressive, tight set of nu-roots and lovers rock, revolving between social justice, anthemic calls to arms ("Sign Of The Times") and religious/inspirational prayer songs (such as the dread take on the "Lord's Prayer"). Clinark's vocals are complemented by an impressive list of guests, including Fanton Mojah, Richie Spice, Maxi Priest and Luciano, and with the UK's Mafia and Fluxy producing the record, the riddims are hard enough to mash up any live dance. And once the world hears Clinark sing, "Dem come come with the badman wagon/Killing the people with their ammunition" on "Dem Come," Bermuda may just enjoy a second reggae star. (Nuture Projects)