There certainly hasn't been any shortage of new Belgian reggae projects lately. Camel's Drop is a band around bass player Wim 'Fadda' Stevens, his two sons Roel 'Sticksman' Stevens (drums) and Polle 'Docta Riddim' Stevens (keys), supplemented with vocalists Dhazed Fyah, Skyblasters veteran Prince Far Out and Dora 'Little Miss Sweets' Turay (providing a female touch), with 'We Nah Gonna Wait' presenting a first album.
In the track list eight vocal cuts and two closing dubs. Both the cover image of 'We Nah Gonna Wait' and the accompanying video the band recorded for 'Realise' have a bit of a retro feel, and musically Camel's Drop also shows a preference for the original nineteen eighties rub-a-dub and ragga or early dancehall. In the appropriate opener 'We Nah Gonna Wait' ("...to the left, to right, people are you ready to dance all night?") Dhazed shows his skills in the fast talking style, at the time made popular by Saxon Sound MC's like Tippa Irie, Smiley Culture, Daddy Rusty and Peter King. 'Celebrate' sounds equally festive, and is also the only song on 'We Nah Gonna Wait' in which Dhazed alternates between English and French. In reality tune 'Realise', Camel's Drop asks us to open our eyes and ears and finally realize that we're constantly being cheated and lied to. Similar is 'We Drop Sounds', in which the band clearly opts for musical pacifism over violence and real bombs. For 'Why They Want Us?' Camel's Drop recycled the classic Rockfort Rock riddim, but our personal favorite from the track list is 'Dub 563', a revamp of 'Private Life', originally recorded by The Pretenders, but better known in the cover version by Grace Jones, here blended with John Holt's 'Police In Helicopter' and lyrically adapted into a pamphlet about the refugee crisis and illegality. 'Mr. Bassie' has nothing to do with the Horace Andy classic by the same name, but remains a nice ode to the power of the bass player in reggae music nonetheless. The last vocal cut in the track list is the dubby ganja tune 'Citizens, which in turn is followed by two closing dub versions of 'Dub 563' and 'Mr. Bassie'.
Excellent debut by a band that doesn't necessarily want to innovate, but definitely knows it business.