ATIBA is an exceptional vocalist and song-writer. And despite the fact that this album is free right now, little to no corners have been cut when it comes to sound quality (I bet he hired a a good mastering engineer to polish up his recordings). Atiba’s “Red” doesn’t feel like a low budget attempt to build a buzz, it feels like a minimalist effort from a mature singer-songwriter that wants to prove the depth of his talent. Much of this record centres around his voice, a guitar, and backing vocals but he is obviously an impressive talent whose talents have room to shine within these minimalist arrangements. Sure there are a moments where he uses the dreaded auto tune effect, but I will write it off for now as an attempt to tap into the current trend.
If you are a fan of great Reggae vocalists, like free music (who doesn’t) and you want something just a tiny bit different (Reggae with no drums?), Then check out “Red” I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.