We’re always excited when the Happy As A Lark crew out of Chicago has a new release. Why you ask? We’ll tell you. Ushering in the best of new reggae artists while also keeping the spirit and moxie of reggae itself alive, HAAL in our opinion is one of the best reggae labels out there today. An authentic purveyor of riddims and real deal reggae music, this latest forty-five featuring Chicago newcomer Ras I-Dre and veteran deejay Ranking Joe is no less than a heat rock. The talented duo both toast over a version of the world-renowned “Lecturer Riddim” from the veteran band Akasha (which includes the bass sounds of the present day and the total vibe of say ’68 or ’69). The A-Side sees the man called Ras I-Dre slay the riddim with “Up Deh!”, shades of the dance hall going nuts and many a wheel up happening throughout the night. The positive vibration Ras I-Dre gives is much needed in today’s sociopolitical climate. It’s great to be able to turn to music to calm us and keep us moving in a positive direction. The flip sees vet Ranking Joe prove to everyone once and for all that he still has the minerals to get on the record and make you move. But it’s also a warning to ward off evil and that Jah is always watching. Both sides also have big versions from King Tony and Akasha included that smoke as well. This seven inch needs to be in any reggae 45 box. It is all killer, no filler. Bo! Bo! Bo! Rewind selecta!