I’ve been obsessed with Reggae music for a long while now and still listen to it daily. I recently read through my uni dissertation about the cultural impact of reggae and decided two things! One: I am terrible at writing and Two: It would be cool to write about my all time fave reggae artists.
So this list is a collection of my favourite artists, each with a very different sound to the next. Also – I cut this list waaaaay down because of laziness. There are many more artists that deserve a spot here.
First up is Protoje. His album 2016 album ‘Ancient Future’ was one of my absolute favourite albums of last year.
The song I’ve chosen here is of course from Ancient Future and is called ‘Answer To Your Name’ which if you have not already worked out, prolifically samples and pays homage to the Prince Buster classic ‘Girl, Why Won’t You Answer’.
Probably my favourite band ever. At the very least The Skints are the best live band I’ve ever had the privilege of seeing in the flesh (With perhaps the exception of Hiatus Kaiyote). No one else has mastered tone like The Skints. Not only are they better than their studio sound live, but they do it effortlessly. Their last Album, FM is probably the coolest fucking concept album I’ve ever listened to. It runs through the album as if it as London radio show with different DJ’s appearing between tracks featuring Horseman, Tippa Irie and Rival. Go buy it. These guys have insane harmonies, insane flow, random flutes coming out of no where. They have it all. You should love them and if you don’t you’re probably a monster.
Sound system culture is part of reggae’s identity and it would be a crime to not represent it in this list. Mungo’s Hifi are a sound system / production unit from Glasgow and have collaborated with some of the best artists in the scene. We’re talking, Prince Fatty, Hollie Cook, Horseman, Soom T and YT to name a few favourites.
So I chose this song Ft Solo Banton because it is seriously dubby and to represent some more dancehall vibes but mainly because the Video is jokes and was apparently Filmed in a classroom in BIM. Probably the only cool thing to come out of that Ed Sheeran wannabe factory.
Fat Freddies Drop
It breaks my heart that I haven’t seen these guys live. Sat in the car last year, on our way to Brixton academy we sat in deadlock traffic knowing that we wouldn’t get there in time to catch the set that people online would later say changed their lives. Fuck.
The best thing to come out of New Zealand (Flight of the Conchords included) Fat Freddies Drop are musical revolutionaries. Mixing Reggae, Dub, Soul, RnB, Blues, Motown and god knows what else this band have changed what I consider to be the goal for any musician to want to be. Most of their work is improvised and Jammed right there in the studio, which blows my mind to think about. Their music is all about feel and emotion, letting sections build and drop seamlessly and delivering huge beats to skank to. But only on their terms.
Also listen to a track called ‘Silver and Gold’ if this guy does something for you…
See ya later
One Love x