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CD Review: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, In These Times

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
2012 www.giantpandadub.com A promotional blurb refers to In These Times as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s "new psychedelic reggae album." Sure enough, it’s reggae, and of a very attractive kind, but it seems I no longer ...
CDs, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: Midnite, Kings Bell

Midnite King's Bell
IGrade Records, 2011 Unforgiving no-nonsense one-drop momentum densely textured brittle tattered breathless mannered chant seemingly featureless landscape of complex literate sound occasional snatches of melodic instrumental surprise challenging us at every turn themes from contemporary Kafka by ...
CDs, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: Earl Zero, Marketplace

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Foreign Key Records, 2011 Earl Zero has been around the roots reggae scene a long time. That’s perhaps because he has the perfect voice for it: essentially soft and supple, therefore capable of the subtleties ...
CDs, Music, Reviews

CD Reviews: Various Artists, African Beat & Latin Beat

[amazon-product align="right"]B0057OOPJ6[/amazon-product]Things are getting to where just about every music compilation with “beat” or “groove” in the title is bound to be a collection of tunes designed for contemporary dance floors. I’m not opposed ...
CDs, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: The Simpkin Project, Everything You Want

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Dec 15
[amazon-product align="right"]B005HPA8PA[/amazon-product][Hughes Drive Productions, 2011]  The latest from the Huntington Beach, CA-based Simpkin Project is another smart set of inspired and dance-inducing reggae from a band that’s on the rise and sounding great. Their band ...
CDs, Dancehall, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: Ruff Scott, Roots and Culture

[amazon-product align="right"]B005T5O9XU[/amazon-product][Cool Breeze Records, 2011] If you’re a reggae artist and you release an album called "Roots and Culture," you had best be certain that the music is reflective of such a title and that ...
CDs, Dancehall, Music, Reggae, Reviews

CD Review: Shango Trex, Shango Trex

[amazon-product align="right"]B002CLKSDO[/amazon-product][Stashang/E2 Recordings, 2009] I don’t know where this guy is from or how his self-titled CD reached me (apparently a couple of years after its release). But whoever Shango Trex is, he can sing, ...
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