Electric, eclectic and electronic from Ce’Cile

cecile-stillrunningThree years ago the vicious and confident Ce’Cile – one of too few successful female reggae singers – dropped her fourth album Jamaicanization, a set where she aimed for a more reggae-oriented sound.

A few weeks ago her fifth album was released and now she has taken a new direction. Still Running (From Love) is probably her most eclectic full-length effort yet and she effortlessly blends ska, reggae and dancehall with soca, dubstep, Eurodance, pop and house.

One of the main themes is energy. Another is fun. Many of the songs are bona fide party-starters directly aimed at shaking up dance floors worldwide. You have Turn It Up, which loans heavily from Alexandra Stan’s monster hit Mr. Saxobeat. They share a similar looped and infectious saxophone, made for popping up in your head when you don’t need it.

There’s also the bright and very repetitive Irie: We Don’t Care and Me Have It and Eye Pon Me, both sexy and sweaty with bouncy bass lines. On the Richie Loop combination Contagious soca meets house, in a way similar to what Bunji Garlin does on his recently released Differentology album. Then there’s One More, a combination with fierce chanter Anthony B over a lazy dubstep beat.

I rarely listen to top 40 radio or Billboard best-sellers. But I think some of those songs and albums sound a little like Still Running with its sing-a-long and anthemic choruses and infectious hooks and memorable melodies. It’s a contemporary and lively Caribbean pop album that could do well on hit lists across Europe and the U.S.

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