In November last year Italian singer Marina P’s debut album My Homeys reached the streets. Unfortunately it received little or no attention at all, despite a number of acclaimed producers being involved, for example Jahtari, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Stand High Patrol.
Marina P was born in Italy, but has moved to Paris, France, where she currently resides. She made a name for herself in 2007 when she voiced the mighty ska banger Divorce à L’ialienne for Mungo’s Hi-Fi.
My Homeys doesn’t include any ska flavours, instead it boasts a number of other bass heavy genres, including dub, dubstep, dancehall and of course reggae. All seasoned with soul and digital effects.
This forward-thinking set shows Marina P balancing singing with singjaying and she has a confident, seductive and nasal tone, demonstrated in fine style on a version of Marlena Shaw’s Woman of the Ghetto, on album opener Free Me and on the infectious Soulless, which has its riddim laid down by Sly & Robbie.
Fans of well-produced, bass boosted and progressive reggae should definitely check out My Homeys.