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New, shelved and forgotten gems on new Benaïssa EP

cover170x170For a few years around 2010 Dutch production duo Not Easy At All – Marc Baronner and Manu Genius – made a number of ultra-solid albums, singles and compilations, including masterpieces by Chezidek, Earl 16 and Brinsley Forde. Unfortunately the duo went separate ways about three years ago.

Now a few more recordings from Not Easy At All have fortunately surfaced. Benaïssa’s EP African Blood collects four cuts produced by Not Easy At All and two produced by Manu Genius, who today runs his own Dubshelter Recordings.

The set collects versions of some of Not Easy At All’s best riddims and only one has been previously released – the title track, which appeared on the flip to Chezidek’s Walk With Jah 7”.

The powerful, yet insanely sweet, Rock It is probably the strongest cut and is voiced over the One Blood riddim. But tracks like the aforementioned African Blood and Jealous are almost equally strong. The solo additions from Dubshelter is in the same smooth and earthy vein and could have been recorded during the same sessions.

Break-ups happen all the time and since Not Easy At All probably is history it’s nice to have a few “new” recordings from one of contemporary European reggae’s finest production teams.

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Positive roots on Joggo’s Conscious Love

FRONT-2500X2500-72dpi-Joggo-ConsciousLove-2015-e1429683590404-470x470For years have passed since Dutch singer Joggo dropped his excellent debut album Modern Rockers Vol. 1 and now it’s time for its follow-up. And one would guess it would be called Modern Rockers Vol. 2. But no. It’s called Conscious Love and sounds similar to its predecessor.

Conscious Love is produced by Joggo himself along with Reggaeland, Tanntrum Band & Michael Fletcher and Asher E from Black Star Foundation. Manu Genius – formerly one part of acclaimed and successful production duo Not Easy At All – has mixed and mastered the album. His standard is always well above par, and this album is no exception.

This 17 track set offers uplifting and positive contemporary roots with live instrumentation, including some breezy horns. Highlights include the festive Private Performer, the slow Can’t Breathe and the pulsating Come Down.

Definitely another strong reggae album to come out of Europe.

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