Since the release of his solo-acoustic-album „Soul to Soul“ in 2008 (MKZwo-Records), Martin Zobel achieved to fully establish himself in the reggae-scene and apart from that reached the audience way beyond due to his impressive voice and intense lyrics.
Europe‘s No.1 Reggae & Dancehall Magazine RIDDIM states: „...his trademark:
his acoustic-guitar, his enormous dreadlock crest and his amazing voice...extremely authentic!“
Now, the amazing voice is to be accompanied by a massive Roots Reggae combo.
In cooperation with Soulrise-Band and Berlin‘s Reggae artist Ganjaman, he worked the whole winter long on his latest production carrying the name „One Future!“. The title represents the album‘s actual, lyrical content: a rather constructive criticism and an encouraging,
collective perspective on the future, than just impeaching words and negative implementations.
After an astounding entry into the album with „People“ - which is supposed to be a wake-up call to all generations, and an emphasis on the strong belief that there must be many more people out there, that still have not given up hope that unified powers can really change the given social and even political structures („More than millions“),
Martin Zobel also paints the picture of rather emotional moments as in the song „Sometimes I wonder“, in which he is puzzling about the remaining gap between facts and idealism in real life.
Although the record in general does conform to its title, considering the fact that there won‘t be „one future“ without consolidated efforts in the present („standing together“), it altogether sounds very diversified and at times, refreshes the listener with pure, well-arranged acoustic tracks („Hold on“), beautiful elements of late-sixties Rockssteady and absolutely wonderful hooklines.
Apart from the only German song („Zeit für Menschlichkeit“) the music of which was composed by the Austrian Reggae producer Sam Gilly (House of Riddim), all lyrics and music were written by Martin Zobel.
And, given the fact, that having passed the degree of Fine Arts at the Academy Of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, before becoming a professional musician, it is kind of a logical consequence that all the artwork was designed by the artist himself, as well.
With „One Future!“ Martin Zobel & Soulrise present some real, excellent Roots-Rock-Reggae -
music that goes under your skin and reaches far beyond common reggae cliches while remaining authentic throughout the album.