Side A: a head-nodding masterclass in warm trad-reggae song writing and performance. Big horns mix anthemically with warm rich vocals suffused in reverb. Luscious trumpets sound over staccato guitar, as a story unfurls in your ears and you are transported to a groovier, warmer place. An absolute blinder of a track and a voice sent to Earth from Reggae-heaven!
Side B: A North Street remix by Ashley Beedle, plus a Dub remix
Thought: sun shining tropical vibes with so much warmth it heats up a cold and dreary suburban living room
Side A: Absolutely blinding rhythmic and soulful smooth n funky. Gorgeous male vocals with a Commodores vibe and nothing but sheer gloss from top to toe. A real big-band feel slathered with warm and groovy instrumentation. A real classic 70s r’n’b attitude – shades of Al Green, Al Jarraeu, Lionel Richie. A modern soul funk epic with astonishingly beautiful vocals all held together by tight-as-a-nut brass, bass and drums. A contender for the first track on a male edition of DIVAS GOT SOUL?
Side B: Two North Street Remixes by the ridiculously talented Ashley Beedle. First is slower, smoother, groovier and more romantic than the original, and the second is a stripped back version allowing you to really focus on those astounding vocals.
Thought: If Galaxy chocolate bars were made into 12″ vinyl, THIS would be the result – gorgeous and addiction-forming!
Side A: Taz “Up Deh” – a bouncy and lively group vocal pop-reggae masterpiece. Full of positive vibes and a summery breezy feeling. Both laid-back and cool, as well as up-beat and reggae-funky. Features a strong lyrical style across the track. Fantastic stuff!
Side B: Camar Flava “Get Up Back” – more pop-reggae action but with an overdose of auto-tuned vocals to wake up your day! Upbeat fun in a slow-jam fashion. Fantastical vocalisations entrance over a simple but engaging musical backdrop. Full-force and flavoursome fun!
Thought: Who ever said processed things were bad for you never heard the joy of these processed vocals!
Side A: Ghetto Priest “Life Ain’t Easy” – a sumptuous early-80s reggae/ska/two-tone vibe. Inner-city sermon with great traditional vocal styling. A strong message resonates and pulls you into the narrative as slow head-nodding instrumentation weaves a trance-like spell underneath. Dusky, street-light, secretive whisperings in the dark of Birmingham or Brixton. A spooky harmonica mixes it up with bells and bass. A strong light in the dwindling darkness.
Side B: Ramrock Allstars “Dub Ain’t Easy” – a Ghost-town-eqsue dub remix served with lashings of dark soup and sprinkled with horrific humming and spook-tactular interludes. Mysterious, scary and deeply evocative. From the dark satanic mills of reggae, mills that produce only the coolest of productions.
Thought: No matter where you live, at times, life just ain’t easy…but it can definitely be smooth, cool and spooky!