I am really late to the party, the party is almost over but better show up than never! I stumbled on the Gramophone All Stars out of Spain, this group is amazing. They bring the energy of Ska and Reggae with the intricacies of Jazz all mixed together with some super soulful vocals. The fifteen piece band has been dropping albums since early 2010, and they have been reproducing some heavenly covers. The classic Summertime was the track that got me hooked, and most recently they dropped their newest album Jazzmaica, which they cover some classics from Stevie Wonder as well as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Highly Recommended, go check these guys out!
Reggae is a strange genre, the masses have heard its distinct sound through Bob Marley’s music, but ask a person to name another artist and they will tend to struggle. I don’t know why this is, but Reggae music has a deep tradition of both influencing and embracing Rock and Roll and Soul music. The fusion of Soul music and Reggae is one of my favourite sounds. The Delegators out of the UK are bringing back that Reggae Soul. The group combines early Reggae and Ska with that classic Motown Sound. Janet Kumah handles with lead vocals, her powerful soulful voice flows smoothly over the laid back rhythms. The Delegators have just released their first album All Aboard and it is full of heaters, listening to the tracks you just want to get up and dance. The album flows smoothly with this warmth till the end leaving you always hitting repeat.
I have been a follower of the super successful and funny British web series Brothers With No Game (check it out here), while the show is highly entertaining, they feature some great music. I discovered Dionne Reid, the UK songstress is one talented singer. She has this magnificent soulful voice which elevates the reggae soul production. Dionne released her EP S.M.I.L.E, while a good chunk of the EP has this more acoustic laid back feel, but don’t think she doesn’t drop a couple of bangers. The track Here I Come just makes you want to dance, her voice is infectious over the bumpin production. I can’t wait to hear to more from her, check the two track below and see her versatility.
Maybe it’s just me, but one of the best feelings is when you listen to a track that matches both your mood and the weather. Reggae and a summer day go hand and hand. Jungle heavyweight Shy FX is coming back from a long hiatus by expanding his musical horizons by releasing a reggae album. The first single Soon Come is mellow horn filled jam that features UK soul singer Liam Bailey on the vocals. The soothing horns creates the images of relaxing on a sun filled beach and forgetting all your worries. Can’t wait to hear the full length album which will be dropping soon. Highly Recommended!