@@@ Csavi: War Chant Joy (Acinech, 2017) A modern sounding reggae single with a voluptuous female singer on the microphone. The tune sounds like Bob Marley had a love baby with Sade — smooth and roots. The dub stylings are most evident in the vocal arrangements with some nice delays that go with the snare sticks. I got to this tune via the WRIR weekly email. Check it out.
@@@ Tape Five: Soiree Deluxe (Smarty Mart, 2017) A Dixie party record I also got to via the WRIR weekly email. I like the second tune Hush Hush Magazine as it has some really flavorful horn arrangements but what I hear has this going out as a party record so the beats and the tempos are very partyistic. Myself I would prefer some more traditional Dixie swinging up in heah but they went for the party.
@@@ Morgan Heritage: Avrekedabra (CTBC, 2017) Super poppy reggae made for folks who love bologna sandwiches on Wonder Bread with mayonnaise. They toast on the mic for sure but I just can’t get with the general vibe of these tracks. None of that Lee Perry weirdness, or Bob Marley spirituality/politics, or sonic interest of King Tubby. So I don’t want to be a snob but this is not for me, this is for drunken white folks or frat boys.
YTD recordings listened to: 297
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 173
Not good music: 117
Honorable Mentions: 2
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