|Midnite has unleashed another crucial set of songs their fourth
album to date: "Seek Knowledge Before Vengeance". Recorded in St. Croix
at their Afrikan Roots Lab studio, SKBV clearly represents Midnites
finest work to date. The 13 tracks included on this album personify raw roots music at
its best. Solid base-line rhythms are interlaced with the haunting voice of lead
singer Vaughn Benjamin, whose potent lyrics penetrate deeply.
The album starts
off with an exuberant "horn" intro on the title track courtesy of Midnites
keyboard player and musical director Ron Benjamin. Ron also sings lead
vocals on the roots ballad "New Life", written in celebration of the
birth of his son. But it is brother Vaughns incredible lyrics which make Seek
Knowledge Before Vengeance an incomparable roots album. "Sometime the bitter
is a healing. Sometime the ground come like a ceiling. Rasta bruk it down low to build it
high, until them site up tafari" proclaims Vaughn on "Ras For A
Reason". "You Dont Know Me", "Dagger Man"
and "Urt" are some of the other tracks on this album which simply blow
this listener away. On the killer selection "One Shout" Vaughn
declares "I put submission hold upon the mic, tell it we ago do almighty work yah
tonight. Feed all the hungry please".
From start to finish, Seek Knowledge Before Vengeance embodies the kings
music to the fullest. The vibe emerging from this musical quintet is as astonishing as any
music coming from yard. To those who think that conscious roots music is dead,
beware - The dawning of Midnite has come.