Uplifting and conscious dancehall from Bugle

BugleAnointed-300x300Jamaican singjay Bugle stands out in the dancehall community thanks to his socially conscious lyrics and sense for melodies. And some of his most popular singles have showcased his profound and soulful voice along with a sense for rhythm.

He started his career in the music industry in 2000, and got a break serving as song writer for the energetic dancehall deejay Elephant Man. But in 2007 things changed. That was the year when he teamed up with Serani for the infectious and highly successful single Doh.

At the time Serani was part of Daseca Productions, a production duo now serving as executive producers for Bugle’s debut album Anointed, a catchy and uplifting 16 track set produced by Anju Blaxx, ZJ Chrome, Baby G and Adde Instrumental.

This is actually a rather remarkable album with guest artists such as Tarrus Riley, Julian Marley, Lady Saw, I Octane and Popcaan. It’s conscious dancehall that blends acoustic guitar with electronic elements with great effect, and it has a large number of killer tracks, for example lead single Nuh Compatible, released late last year, and the Lady Saw combination Infidelity. But also Move Dem, with a beat custom-made for Damian Marley, the nynabinghi-flavored title track and the skanking Y R U, which has a crescendo to die for.

At times Bugle sounds like a less angry and more melodious version of Bounty Killer. Both have voices deep as the Mariana Trench, but Bugle is more harmonious and relaxed.

Bugle is probably best known for the aforementioned Doh or singles like What I’m I Gonna Do, Journey and Don’t Give Up, and if you dig those you’ll love this album.

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