Faianatur: Rastafari Straight (Faianatur, 2014)
I had to upgrade this record from an honorable mention to a best of year because you can’t compare this record to Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey/Garvey’s Ghost but to other roots reggae records in 2015 and I’m not sure you can make a better reggae record this year. I could be wrong on that.
The band is tight with plenty of floor sweeping bass, but it’s the vocalist who ties the tunes together and animates them above other reggae records. His rhythmic work on the microphone is more than impressive and he puts the lyrics across to a put where you’re listening to the lyrics and feeling the tune. Unlike, say, Taylor Swift who is infinitely richer than this guy but is a sadly unconvincing and pathetic seller of songs. Instrumentation is standard reggae band — drums, bass, guitar, organ, percussion, keyboards. The band is excellent but you know tight grooving reggae bands aren’t that uncommon, but it’s the whole package with a great singer out front that puts it over the top.
These guys looks to be super underground but I managed to pull a sound cloud stream of the whole record from some guy’s playlist. So you can get to these guys if you have a streaming store or below:
Support these guys if you can and check them out.