Album Review

Culture Dem [coll] – [Lustre Kings Productions]

Naysayer   3/11/2014   CD, Reggae

There is this practice in the reggae music culture where a track is laid down and then various artists each interpret that track in their own style. It can be an evocative, inspirational practice or it can fall flat on its face. “Culture Dem”, a reggae collection, plays with this practice. And as it goes with collections, some tracks are inspired and fresh while others, though not falling flat, just seem average. Within 18 tracks showcased, the 13 artists approach the beats as they see fit, in their own singing and or toasting style. These cuts are filled with synth driven reggae beats, bass, dub sounds, etc. The lyrical topic is most obvious: Jah Jah Jah Selasie Jah. There are five rhythm tracks that are approached by 2 to 5 different artists who treat each track as his own, bringing in their own unique sound and style. Watch out for tracks 9 and 16 by SIZZLA. They are HOT! His raspy, nicotine filled vocals destroy his words and twist the beats. It is in your face good time. Worthy of our attention.

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