The early '90s had not been kind to Aswad, their popularity seemed to be slipping, as were their singles' chart placements. But all that was to change with "Shine." The single was featured twice on their new album, Rise and Shine, once in its original form and a second time as a sizzling remix courtesy of the Beatmasters.
"Shine" took Aswad back to their old Jamaican roots, with a hefty rhythm and emphatic brass beautifully bolstered this anthemic unity song. But it was the remix, released as a single, that took Britain by storm, a sizzling number heavy on the beats and bursting with brass. It shone its way straight up the chart, finally burning out at number five. This hit gave the group a new lease on life and finds them at their anthemic, infectious best.
An equally exuberant live version can be found on the group's 25 Live album, where the big band swing is muscled aside by DJ Solomon and deservedly brings the house down.