UK’s number one cultural and humorous lyricist Macka B returns with a seriously solid effort produced by the Peckings Brothers – Chris and Duke. They’re sons of George “Daddy Peckings” Price who pioneered reggae music in the UK.
Never Played a 45 – with its title taken from Macka B’s popular single released in 2012 – showcases a witty and conscious wordsmith and all cuts are voiced over a deadly selection of classic early reggae and rocksteady riddims from the vaults of Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid and Bunny Lee.
Macka B has a deep voice and a slick flow and educates and uplifts when tackling social issues in the UK and abroad. But this set is not all about cultural numbers. The title track is – just as the title suggests – and ode to vinyl lovers.
But Macka B doesn’t judge anyone for using CD’s or a computer set-up – “well I’m not saying, that you should be playing the 45 7” only, but if you are able to go buy a turntable, you can also get them with a USB, it’s alright to play laptops, alright to play CD’s, it’s alright to play a MP3’s, but don’t leave out the vinyl, cause you can use them side by side with the modern technology, lawd…”.
Other stand-out tunes includes the beautiful and devout Phyllis Dillon combination One Life and the striking and spiritual Iternal Love with its seriously catchy chorus. The list of killer cuts could go on and on and when Their God fades out you immediately cry out – rewind!