Jamaican reggae rockers Rootz Underground return with their third studio effort Return of the Righteous Vol. 1, the first part of a planned double album.
The band is known for their striking live performances and intense touring schedule and have a strong following in the U.S. and France. And on their new album they have managed to capture some of the live energy on wax.
The set offers a rich and organic sound with guest performances by ace saxophone player Dean Fraser, Chalice lead singer Wayne Armond and the gritty Toots Hibbert, who lends his voice to Kingston Town, a bluesy cut heavily inspired by The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun.
Lead singer Stephen Newland, aka Steve Lightning, has a raspy voice and at times he sounds quite a lot like Bob Marley, yet with a contemporary approach. On tracks like Ban Wi and Rootz & Culture he for example slips into a singjay mode.
Return of the Righteous is rebel music for the 21st century. It carries explosive energy, slick grooves and uplifting vibes.