I​-​mitri + Rainbow Coalition - Upright and Splendid

by I-mitri + Rainbow Coalition

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Not long after our latest successful 12” vinyl (COUNT007) introduced Rainbow Coalition to the world, CounterAction is proud to present I-mitri’s first “vocal & dub” album with Rainbow Coalition on riddim duties.
Upright & Splendid was written and recorded between the Netherlands and Leicester, UK, mixed and produced by I-Mitri in the CounterAction studio.
The album goes through some of the most distinct styles of UK Dub whilst remaining very original, with strong songwriting and an over all conscious lyrical message! It features many live elements alongside the digital, smoothly blending modern roots with classic analog dub mixing. The quality of production is consciously sound system minded with heavy dub versions.

Album Track List:

I-mitri & Rainbow Coalition – Upright & Splendid
1. Poor Man
2. Poor Man Dub (Chapter 5)
3. The Movement (Album Version)
4. Movement Riddim (Instrumental)
5. Can't See the Sky (Original Version)
6. Sky Riddim (Instrumental)
7. Rise in Love (Album Version)
8. Rise in Dub (Chapter 4)
9. Upright and Splendid
10. Upright and Splendid Riddim (Instrumental)



Rainbow Coalition.
A musical collaboration that started when I-mitri (CounterAction/Original Soundz, AMP Outernational) met Tim (Slimmah Sound/Roots Tribe) on the road while gigging. This album represents a body of work that came about as a result of the friendship that developed over the years since then.

I-mitri.
An original member of AMP Outernational (first releasing music around 1998 under the name Atiko Minus) and part of the Dubwise HiFi collective out of Greece, I-mitri is based in Leicester, UK. Linked with dub legends Vibronics with whom he often gigs and records, I-mitri is part of the vibrant sound system scene in Leicester since 2001 where he also promotes dances and runs the weekly radio show United Nations Of Dub (on community and student FM radio station DemonFM). Coming musically together with Richi Rootz in 2006, saw them founding the CounterAction Soundz label. He also fronts the CounterAction live band. He sings, mixes, produces and records percussion and drums for, amongst many others, labels: CounterAction Soundz, AMP Outernational, Dub Providers (Nuff Powa), Scoops Records, Roots Youths, Rasheda Lioness Music, and Dreadwise Music. He's voiced tunes for (most notably) Vibronics, Jahfree, Imperial Sound Army, Badaboom HiFi, Sub Foundation, Phaeleh, AMP Outernational, Dubateers, and CounterAction Warriors. He's had the opportunity to play sing and select on Jah Tubby's, Iration Steppas, King Earthquake, Mungo’s HiFi, Blackboard Jungle and many other sound systems across Europe and his songs/productions have been played by David Rodigan, Jah Tubbys, Iration Steppas, Aba Shanti I, Channel One, Jah Voice and Hytal Bosrah amongst many others!
Co-founder and co-director of the world’s first and biggest indoor reggae & dub sound system festival UNITED NATIONS OF DUB WEEKENDER (established in 2013), I-mitri often tours the world showcasing the best of roots and culture, on the microphone and through vinyl&digital selection, live mix and FX, as usual inna sound system style!

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released September 14, 2018

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I-mitri CounterAction Leicester, UK

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CounterAction is a UK roots reggae/dub label.

It aims to provide a vehicle for positive, educational, spiritual creative musical expression contributed by singers and players principally from Leicester and the UK (but not only), particularly taking notice of artists that perhaps have not had enough or as much exposure as deserved.

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Track Name: I-mitri - Poor Man
Nothing like the cold to remind a poor man of how poor he is!
Nothing like the cold to impress upon a man the years upon years
Of fears

Winter is here again and snow is falling hard
Another few months of no heat inna the yard
Done pile up all of the layers,
Done chant up all of i prayers
Done my cd with my singing soothsayers
Done finish up with the so called players
Life's not a game so don't mix all the flavors
And while you're out there wont you deal with your neighbors
Nothing like a helping hand to get you by
A warm friends house you can visit nearby
Faith that around the corner is the next bligh
Love for the deepest bass heavy HIFI
Rammedout sessions and pure vibes thereby
Singers and players need only apply

Nothing like the cold to remind a poor man of how poor he is!
Nothing like the cold to impress upon a man the years upon years
Of fears

No money for no hospital bill
No money in case I fall Ill
No money I can save after paying the bills
From hand to mouth no matter how i feel
Inna this life we a work for the overdraft
easy to keep focus in a cold cold house
No time to invest in our craft
The tax man will have none of that
And in our hearts we a generate power
We will survive from hour to hour
My voice it shall be heard,
The visions not blurred
My speech is not slurred
Positivity preferred
The power the sound and the word
What Babylon promotes is absurd
Elders everywhere have concurred
That Love it is the key word!


Nothing like the cold to remind a poor man of how poor he is!
Nothing like the cold to impress upon a man the years upon years
Of fears
Track Name: I-mitri - The Movement (Album Version)
Can't stop the movement
Can't stop the flow
Inna this here time
Fire melt all snow
Can't stop the movement
can't stop the flow
Grow your locks
Till they touch your big toe
So

Times we are living are testing
Way too much going on for digesting
Youth everywhere the police are arresting
Listen this ya cry we nah jesting
No

Love is the key we're attesting
While the priests lil kids they're molesting
Non stop for the wicked no resting
In our spirit it is time for investing
So

Thousands of youths they're protesting
Freedom everywhere they're requesting
Cause its Too much crap we've been ingesting
We're sick and tired of contesting
Blaow

Spiritual growth we are besting
While the criminals them they are nesting
All false leaders it is time for divesting
Strictly conscious works we're requesting
Woi

Can't stop the movement
Can't stop the flow
Inna this here time
Fire melt all snow
Can't stop the movement
can't stop the flow
Grow your locks
Till they touch your big toe
So

Step up and receive the higher blessing
His majesty's works keep on checking
Babylon all around with your mind they are messing
When we know it's clear they are guessing
Haha

Natural salad with no dressing
And
With difficult truths we are wrestling
While
Underhandedly Babylon is flexing
Still our works they cant stop us from pressing
No

Positive works manifesting
Boots strapped tight and we're stepping, stepping
When The system has its way to keep us stressing
Encouraging words I am texting!
Boom

Everyday our knowledge we're deepening
We took heed and our love it is lasting
Tolerance from long time we suggesting
In our youths this fortune we're vesting
Now

Can't stop the movement
Can't stop the flow
Inna this here time
Fire melt all snow
Can't stop the movement
can't stop the flow
Grow your locks
Till they touch your big toe
So
Track Name: I-mitri - Can't See the Sky (Original Version)
Can't see the sky
There's too much wire
No one can deny
That We're so tired
Of the war
What are we fighting for?
2x

Financial gain
Them all Filled with greed
Materially vain,
Don't know what they need
Mind's so insane
As they franticly feed
Devouring the flesh
Yet still more them a need

Couldn't really tell you
what real beauty is
Ask bout spirituality
Them take it as a diss
Look into their eyes
I'm sure you cyant miss
The pain and destruction
And that's just the least!

Can't see the sky
There's too much wire
No one can deny
That we're so tired
Of the war!!!!!!!
What are we fighting for?
2x

I am my own master
Cyan follow no one!
Jahjah is my father
That's for whom must I stand
No one can really muster
The most high plan
Works so mysterious
Still
even a child can overstand

My path laid out in front of I
My faith is so dear
The destination fixed in sight
The instructions so clear
My love can only get more strong
As I+I prepare
The message has been delivered to I
There is no more fear!

Can't see the sky
There's too much wire
No one can deny
That we're so tired
Of the war!!!!!!!
What are we fighting for?
2x

Pushed away the false pretence
I'm looking for sense
Getting deeper everyday the mind is so intense
Sometimes the way of livity is coming like a test
And
World Leaders everywhere
playing people like chess!
Life's no competition, shouldn't be a contest!
I Never believed in politricks
To That I must confess
Still
Reality and participance for sure must get addressed
Tolerance is what Selassie preach
No one can test!

Can't see the sky
There's too much wire
No one can deny
That we're so tired
Of the war!!!!!!!
What are we fighting for?
2x
Track Name: I-mitri - Rise in Love (Album Version)
Rising In Love

There will be others love
and u will rise even higher in love,
Even though one door closed
The world is still yours
2X

A good life
Jah know you've been living
Always on track
No time for retreating
To one man you gave all your being
Now your heart it feels like it's sinking
Your whole life
it feels like you've been waisting
All the dreams and the promises
He's been making
You found out he's not been respecting
Found out your name through mud he's been dragging!
Still
of your life this is not the ending!
He never loved you no use in pretending
You can do better and that I'm guaranteeing!
Upright man not one used to lying

There will be others love
and u will rise even higher in love,
the more life matures..
This feeling endures

No more strife
Your looking for healing
Stuck in his ways my man wasn't budging
No matter what you did no
Over standing
Could never attain what you're requiring
Reality is clearly what you are seeking
I can see it inna your eyes there's no denying
Jah knows
how long you've been waiting
Leave behind all the pain and the suffering
Strictly Fwd is where you should be heading
Cah
Thinking of the past is so heart-wrenching
Time to move on there is no mistaking!
New outlook on life
time for upgrading

There will be others love
and u will rise even higher in love,
Even though one door closed
The world is still yours
2X

Like with a knife
Cut away all regretting
It's long past
the time you start forgetting
The seconds the minutes the hours
you've been spending
You're still young
can't stop the learning
A new dawn,
The sun is on the rising
Now you're open to the blessing
that's arriving
In your heart you still have so much loving
And the goodness
U cant help but start sharing!
From every end
There starts new beginning!
Open your eyes it's there for the taking!
Negativity Is set for rejecting
No more use In prolonging the heart breaking!!

There will be others love
and u will rise even higher in love,
Even though one door closed
The world is still yours
2X
Track Name: I-mitri - Upright and Splendid
Upright and splendid

Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anywhere man steps
The truth is defended
Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anytime man needs a hand
My bredrins can lend it

Life
Can never mistreat
such wonderful gift
Don't want to spoil it
Given to I,
On the day of I birth,
I'll cherish and uphold it..
I'm grounded
From this foundation I can't drift!
barely started on my journey
How can quit?
I'm fit
and ready for i purpose
Since I was yute
Groundation was My solace!
Man is So thoroughly bless
My mind is finally at rest

Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anywhere man steps
The truth is defended
Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anytime man needs a hand
My bredrins can lend it

Upright
Is how I shall stand
In touch with the elements
Connected with the land
Its So fragrant
When the rain drops land
Whether in a field
or whether on sand
The beauty of this world the hardship overcomes
The entire world, nature commands
Just like the oceans, control you can't demand
Through constant observation, mans can fully overstand!
Seasons Unfolding, According to plan
Any way you deh
Your ground you must stand
Through hard work Comes,
the betterment of man!!
This way I shall stand

Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anywhere man steps
The truth is defended
Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anytime man needs a hand
My bredrins can lend it

The miracle of life
Around me enfolding
Young life the mothers are rejoicing!
A blessing..
The feeling of forgiving
Never
Expecting from the giving
Believing
In better things arriving
The end of all the striving
Liberty
No more lying
no backbiting
Responsibility
No more need for arguing!
Togetherness
People uniting
Not fighting!!

Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anywhere man steps
The truth is defended
Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anytime man needs a hand
My bredrins can lend it

Consciously giving
The power of forgiving
Without a doubt
Through the powers we're receiving
In the coming in,
and also the leaving
Un-earthing
A glimpse of the truth
It's So inspiring
parents love their youth
Better days they're Desiring
On their own selves They've been relying
So trying


Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anywhere man steps
The truth is defended
Up right and splendid
Never surrendered
Anytime man needs a hand
My bredrins can lend it

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