Category Archives: reggae

Tropical Soul – Holly Holden Y Su Banda (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

When the term “world music” crept into the public consciousness it tended to be the domain of a certain type of guy (and it generally was a guy). One who would use the fact that you hadn’t heard of a … Continue reading

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Tribal Wave – The Tribe (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Right from the first few bars of the titular opening track, The Tribe set out a stall of street soul vibes, dance grooves, funky back beats and ska guitar lines. But more than that there is a sunshine warmth and … Continue reading

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Proper Gander – The Inexplicables (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In most music you can find a reference, a point of origin that lies at the heart of any band, one which consciously, or otherwise, gives us lazy journalists an easy hook upon which to hang our reviewing hat. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Exploding Universe – The Brainiac 5 (Reckless Records) reviewed by Dave Franklin

If you can tell the character of a man by the company he keeps, then you can tell a lot about a band by the references they juggle. One quoting Beefheart, Gertrude Stein and G.I. Gurdjieff, lyrically spouting a wonderful … Continue reading

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Reggie Riot – Reginald Road (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Not all music needs to push forward and storm the barricades; some is content to celebrate a past time, place or attitude. Reginald Road do just that. It’s 1977, punk is reaching escape velocity from its inner city breeding ground … Continue reading

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Our Time – The Erin Bardwell Collective (Pop-a-Top Records) reviewed by Dave Franklin

As the fairly short-lived link between ska and reggae music, Rock Steady often gets over looked, especially once you move away from its Jamaican home base. Whilst in the UK the former was revived and reimagined by a host of … Continue reading

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The Tribe – Longs Bar, Swindon -29th November ’14

Many people would probably identify me with a certain type of music, going on (lack of) dress sense and the type of bands I champion in local print. Post-punk, Indie kid at heart who masquerades as an aging rocker?…maybe. (BTW … Continue reading

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Rain, Water and Wine – David 9 Lunas

If you are one of those people who find the more recent musical outings of Sufjan Stevens after his so called “existential breakdown” and his meanderings down an altogether more experimental path a bit too much to handle, David 9 … Continue reading

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