Dubmatix has just released Rebel Massive, a huge album loaded up with classic reggae influences and modern dub wizardry. That alone is impressive, but then the guest vocalists really shine: from legends like Eek-A-Mouse, U-Roy, and Horace Andy, to dnb standout Tenor Fly and the versatile Longfingah. Where to start…
Oh yes, the anthemic “Pull Up Selector” which comes fully-equipped with a fun and frenetic video:
Big bass, great vocals, this is what a reggae single needs to be.
"Black Market War Dub," the only instrumental, more than holds it own, full of Dubmatix’s distinctive style of slow crushing bass and well-crafted layers. "Seeds of Love & Life" (feat. Luciano) is another stormer, and the early W~rm Dub Mix is spectacular as well. Lots of great tracks here, all sorts of reggae vibes to satisfy!
Dirrrty electro-funk band Chromeo are currently between albums, so in addition to a nice thank you video for their fans, they’ve also released a pair of older mixes up on their Soundcloud account. Their 80s-inspired cheese-pop is so funky that any negative influences are washed away in a sea of clever lyrics, huge synths, and dancefloor beats. Enjoy both Le Mix (2003) and Un Joli Mix Pour Toi (2005) from this fine Canadian duo:
TooNice play slightly tongue-in-cheek optimistic poppy ska, somewhat similar in style to the once mighty Reel Big Fish, especially the track “Radio.” Blending slow tempo guitar licks with catchy melodies both vocal and instrumental, this is simple music done right. The four-piece’s lyrics are playfully naive, the horns emerge at just the right moments, and the music’s sufficiently raw while still sounding cohesive and well-rehearsed. The most recent song, “Hand In Hand,” is perhaps the most polished, but all four are well-worth a listen if you enjoy the lighter side of the reggae-sphere. Best band creation story ever, it should be noted. Download or stream below, and hopefully this promising Canadian band will release some fresh tracks soon: