Dancehall isn’t really my cup of tea to be honest. Being more into the ’60s style of reggae, ska and rocksteady it always sounded wrong to my ears on account of not being performed on analog instruments. Might be a snobbish attitude, but production to me is an important issue and the modern sounds of Jamaica seem to have way more in common with rave partys on Crete than burnt out island studios where geniuses like King Tubby or Lee Perry could be found behind the controls. Anyway, I’m glad I discovered New Zealand outfit Unitone HiFi and their 2008 split 7″ with Jefferson Belt ’cause they proved me wrong.

On their Up to Eleven the band offers up a tasty blend of heavy classic reggae dub sounds mixed with modern electronica, managing to give us retro freaks our fill while still having enough dancefloor feel for those more “modern inclined”. Nice samples, thick bassline – perfect to groove on. Tons more material on their Bandcamp, so check ’em out!

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Bandcamp: http://unitonehifinz.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.myspace.com/unitonehifi

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