Four worthwhile EP’s

In the last couple of weeks four interesting EP’s have hit the streets – Rebel Lover Boy from Franz Job, Music Addict by Solo Banton, City of Vibes from Brother Culture and Tony Curtis’ Fight It.

All of these are European productions and the artists are also mainly from Europe, Tony Curtis being the one exception.

Franz Job debut album Babylon is Dead was one of the best albums in 2009, and his newly initiated collaboration with UK producer Curtis Lynch has rendered in a partly new sound. Rebel Lover Boy is harder and more electronic compared to the 70’s sounding debut. However, High is classic Job.

Solo Banton is no stranger to 80’s inspired digital riddims. And on his Jahtari-produced EP Music Addict he flows naturally over Disrupt’s and Rootah’s bouncy riddims. Two of the vocal cuts are also followed by their merciless dub counterparts.

Brother Culture is a veteran on the UK reggae scene and has recorded with a bunch of rough edged producers – Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Dougie Conscious and Ryan Moore to mention only three. His latest effort City of Vibes is however produced by Swiss production team Kinyama Sounds. Their first productions together were for the compilation Reggae Dishes in 2009. Those two songs along with five other organic tunes are collected on the sweet City of Vibes.

Jamaican singer Tony Curtis has been in the spotlight since he won a Jamaican talent contest in the early 90’s. Since then he has released solo material as well as being one fourth of the star-studded vocal group L.U.S.T, alongside Singing Melody, Thriller U and Lukie D. On his six track EP Fight It for Greenyard Records he invites rock stone deejays Burro Banton and Cutty Ranks and sings with his usual rich voice about oppression and romance, with a preponderance for the latter.

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