Ace Jamaican drummer and producer Kirk “Kirkledove” Bennett recently stepped in the spotlight when dropping his debut album Rumble in the Jungle. Kirkledove is a killer drummer and riddim-maker that has created hits for the likes of Queen Ifrica and Busy Signal.
His debut album features an all-star cast of some of reggae’s most in-demand vocalists, including Jah Cure, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Busy Signal and Cocoa Tea. The singers aren’t however necessarily in the spotlight here. The album is largely instrumental and comes with dubwise excursions where Kirkledove showcasing his expert drumming skills complemented with intriguing arrangements.
Old meets new on Rumble in the Jungle. Kirkledove borrows from the past and vintage vibes rub shoulders with contemporary techniques and cutting-edge beats.
Kirkledove’s drumming is militant, powerful and precise. Listen to the hard-hitting Cold Johnny, the mean Highway Patrol or the stone-cold title track, a cut that could easily fit on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack with its western-tinged melody and dramatic strings.
An exceptional, bold and distinct album presenting the power of drumming.