Poirier “Alert Riddim EP” (Man Recordings)
Following in the success of his previous EP — Soca Road — focused around the 165BPM power soca of Trinidad, his latest release of 120BPM Jamaican dancehall keeps the same pattern of mixing foreign and local artists, both with strong performances by male and female vocalists. Solid, straight to the point, effective.
Featuring vocals from none other than Natalie Storm, MC Zulu and Face-T, this bass-filled record paints the picture of the producer’s entire body of work by merging together genres and locations. Storm’s Jamaica on Gal U Good to Zulu’s Panama/Chicago on Call Red Alert and Face-T’s Montreal on The Realness all lay down their take on the dancehall/bashment of their roots over Poirier’s signature beats in an invisible journey across the continent.
Still a mystery, though, as to how such vivid and vibrant tracks can be produced in the harsh, extreme and contrasted conditions of Canada. Yet people do not seem to care, whether it be -40°C or +40°C outside, the people still respond to the beat on the dancefloor, as Poirier continues to demonstrate time and time again.