DAVID WALTERS | Soleil Kreyol | (Heavenly Sweetness, 2019) All three of today’s listens are off WRIR’s weekly playlist email. Let me get a little info on this artist but to my ears I’m thinking he’s got some connection with Haiti. His label is in Paris and the description for his record says he aims for a global music that namechecks the Caribbean. The bandcamp page for his record has Marseilles France as his location. The beats here don’t sound particularly Jamaican or Trinidadian so I’m going with Haiti feels. It’s a smooth first tune that would fall easily into a world/lounge/electro category. Plenty of vocal chanting, laidback keyboard work and plenty of percussion to go around. It’s a tad too smooth for my taste but I’m just one human up in here. Seun Kuti is on the third track and it’s a party track but not distinctly Afrobeat while having some really nice single line guitar playing and a pumping shuffle beat. I can see this record working for folks who like a very polished world music experience.
Shine I Dub: Militant| (Shine I Dub, 2020) Some updated dancehall with roots reggae feels I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. There’s a guest toaster named G Whizz and the sounds are by these guys Shine I Dub. Out of Italy I think. It’s mostly electronic sounds, including prominent synth action. I like the beats, they’re pretty standard with a slight march tinge to them, the synth bass is a little lower than what you would expect from a reggae track. G. Whizz is all right — high energy and bounce on the microphone.
@@@ Macka B: Cucumba to di World (Peckings, 2020) What I thought was a penis reference is in actuality a vegan reference. It’s all about the fruits and vegetables in this old school bouncy reggae number. Fun as it is, Macka B. can work the microphone with the skills of a veteran. This is a great combination of a modern theme done with old school style. It’s mad dancehall party activism.
YTD recordings listened to: 125
Good music, not list worthy: 74
Not good music: 51
Honorable Mentions: 0
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