Wild Belle

January 16, 2012

A great blend of roots reggae and modern electronica is served up by married (?) couple Natalie and Elliot Bergman on their debut 12″ EP/digital release Keep You. Making music under the Wild Belle moniker, they offer up some nice dub reggae sounds with some slight surf-ish guitars and a fitting vocal delivery occasionally bringing to mind Duffy.

There’s certainly lots of commercial appeal to this outfit and the track has “airplay” written all over it. Apparently not available as a download, so buy the vinyl version and/or keep your fingers crossed they’ll release more material soon.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://wildbelle.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/wildbelle

Two Syllables Volume Six

January 11, 2012

Here’s a nice lil’ freebie from UK label First Word RecordsTwo Syllables Six released in time for X-Mas 2011! Compiling eleven tracks (twelve if you download) taken from the past year’s releases with some exclusives and previews added, you’ll get a nice cross-selection of modern soul, R&B and funk and great-sounding Dub.

A nicely varied compilation, the music’s got a healthy dose of roots mixed in and I gotta admit, when it comes to modern dancefloor music, this is the kinda delivery I prefer. Check it out!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://shop.firstwordrecords.com/album/two-syllables-volume-six
Website: http://www.firstwordrecords.com/

Holly Cook

December 15, 2011

On her self-titled debut album Hollie Cook offers up nine classic reggae songs in the vein of old Trojan Records artists like Phyllis Dillon and Rita Marley. Produced by Prince Fatty himself, we’re talking a collection of great sounding reggae pop with hints of the classic girl-group sounds of the 60’s (she actually covers The Shangri-Las Remember (Walking in the Sand)). Add old veterans like George Decker from The Pioneers handling the musical duties you’ve got a sure-fire hit, and Holly (actually the daughter of Sex Pistols‘ drummer Paul Cook!) is rightfully getting exposure in various media.

One album and three 7″ singles has been released to date (all available for download as well!) and there’s a free download available on her site. If you’re an old fan of reggae/dub/rocksteady or maybe just heard an occasional track with Bob Marley you’ll definitely enjoy this!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://holliecook.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.holliecook.com/

International Observer

December 14, 2011

Well, here’s a blast from the past! Remember 80’s top charters The Thompson Twins? Well, originator Tom Bailey moved back to his native New Zealand and has been keeping himself busy with writing and production work until early 2002 when he launched The International Observer, a sort of modern update of the classic, heady dub sounds of the 70’s! So far he’s released three full length albums and the same amount of EP’s, all available through Bandcamp.

A sort of ambient take on the classic sounds of King Tubby and especially The Scientist, his material is an interesting blend of pretty trippy ambient (including some dancefloor friendly numbers) with some healthy roots I rarely hear in modern dance music. His latest release From the Dungeons of Dub EP was released in October 2010.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://internationalobserver.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.myspace.com/internationalobserver