Groundation / Here I Am
Album: Here I Am   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Groundation   Added:Sep 2009

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-09-13 Pull Date: 2009-11-15 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 15 Nov 8 Nov 1 Oct 25 Oct 18 Oct 11 Oct 4 Sep 27
Airplays: 2 1 4 2 5 2 4 4

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 01, 2019: Finding YOur Way
Run The Plan
4. Dec 28, 2015: Happy Hour
Here I Am
2. Jul 31, 2017: Happy Hour
You Can Profit
5. Mar 31, 2014: Happy Hour
Beating Heart
3. Mar 13, 2017: Happy Hour
So Blind
6. Sep 30, 2013: Happy Hour (Coverin' for PACC)
Here I Am

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2009-09-11
Groundation – Here I Am
Reviewed by Sadie O., 9/11/09
Complex, virtuoso jazz/reggae from No.Cal. In addition to the highly distinctive vocals of Kim Pommell, there’s a female vocalists and guests Pablo Moses and the Congos – as well as a bigger, fuller band than their previous (damn good) releases. Lots of fine solos, interesting chord progressions…
No FCCs detected – that said, I have a hard time making out any lyrics.
All tracks truly excellent – I like 4, 6 and 10 best.
1. 7:20 **somewhat uptempo jazz groove with a bit of funk, mostly showcasing keyboards, instrumental for first 2.5 minutes. Suddenly switches to downtempo skank after 2:40. Goes through some changes, impassioned vocals and female backing vocals.
2. 3:31 **slightly downtempo bubble, pleasant roots instrumentation. Includes some keyboard solos, and a bouncy jazzy bit – no simple songs here!
3. 4:35 ***sweet uptempo bubble, unusual female vocals in addition to the usual vocalist.
4. 7:30 ****slow, dramatic intro, then midtempo bubble with nyahbinghi-style chanting. Guest vocals by Pablo Moses. Also falsetto vocals, hint of cuica… Later, some startling deep bass vocals. Amazing stuff…
5. 3:48 ***trumpet flourishes, then downtempo bubble, subdued by still intense.
6. 4:54 ****downtempo bubble with great backing harmonies by the Congos. Includes quite fierce keyboard solo.
7. 5:57 **jazz groove and drums for 40 seconds, then midtempo skank, back to the regular vocalist and female backing vocals, also bit of female lead vocals.
8. 6:45 ***subdued downtempo intro with a bit of vibra-slap, builds slowly into very slow bubble, intense vibe.
9. 3:55 **slow intro with shaker, then midtempo forceful skank.
10. 4:11 ****cool bass and nyahbinghi groove, Congos back for more great harmonies.
11. 4:49 **uptempo, rather funky skank with prominent piano and horns. Instrumental. Very long, dubby fade.
12. 3:22 ***slow, intense vibe. Call for peace and unity in the Middle East… Big, triumphant choruses towards end.

Track Listing
1. Run The Plan   7. Not So Simple
2. Everyone Could Lose   8. Here I Am
3. So Blind   9. You Can Profit
4. Time Came   10. Beating Heart
5. By All Means   11. Walk Upright
6. Blues Away   12. Golan To Galilee