November 2013 saw the release of Christopher Ellis’ debut EP entitled Better Than Love. It would be an understatement to refer to the release as ‘long awaited,’ because there is no denying that this compilation was heavily sought for by people worldwide for a very long time. If the first single from the EP which was too entitled Better Than Love was anything to go by, we knew that we were in for a real treat.
On this EP, we see Christopher exhibit his talents on riddims produced by none other than Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley. With the release coming from the Ghetto Youths International camp, we did expect an EP which spoke volumes in terms of quality, but never really knew what to expect musically, as a result of some of Christopher’s most recent releases. Having already breached any boundaries that we may have had in place for the singer, this EP has seen Christopher return to the traditional reggae and rocksteady sound that we first associated him with. The riddims themselves encompass a much more classic reggae sound, as a result of the authenticity in the way in which they were recorded. In accordance with this, this 5 track EP seems to emphasise the natural essence of Christopher Ellis’ vocals that we have fallen in love with over the years, all through the means of his very own songwriting.
Commenting on his debut EP, Ellis has added that he is very pleased with the final outcome, as well as the support which he has received for it over the last few months. In fact, the support has been so tremendous that it has seen the EP topping iTunes charts in various parts of the World. On top of this, he has added that the EP’s fundamental purpose is not for financial profit, but is for the love of music and the convenience of his supporters. Available for purchase across a number of platforms, this EP is one that can be said to be ‘easy on the pocket,’ and a significant mark in Christopher’s musical journey thus far. I personally still can’t wait for the debut album, but if I do know anything about this artist, it is that quality will always outweigh quantity, as is reflected in his releases to date.