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The atmospheric world of Blundetto

1429278700_world-of-blundettoRadio jockey and producer Blundetto has dropped a new album, an unusual and unique set full of sonic surprises and imaginative arrangements and instruments.

It presents a cocktail of low-key instrumental tracks and laid-back vocal cuts featuring talents such as Biga Ranx, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Marina P, John Milk and Pupa Jim.

World of is melancholic, earthly and atmospheric. Sometimes it leans towards electro lounge music and sometimes it’s more reggae-oriented, like Biga Ranx’ airy Above the Water, Marina P’s elegant Last Broken Bones, a track custom-made for a blunted jazz club in Paris, or Jahdan Blakkamoore’s stylish Work.

This set is not your ordinary reggae album and Blundetto is not afraid of thinking out of the box.

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Cool and colourful disco reggae on new compilation

STIX037LP-FRONT-300x300After last year’s release of Disco Reggae Vol. 1 comes the second edition titled – yes, you guessed it – Disco Reggae Vol. 2. And this new set offers more of the same successful recipe – reggae with a funky disco twist. Sometimes it sounds like a reggaefied version of Daft Punk.

This nine track compilation includes eight new and exclusive cuts from producers like Taggy Matcher, 7 Samuraï, John Milk and Mato. From Grandmagneto comes an already available version of Gloria Jones’ northern soul classic Tainted Love, covered successfully by UK synthpop duo Soft Cell in the early 80s.

All tracks are reggae refixes. Some are versions of smash hit songs, while others are renditions of lesser known tracks. The former includes swaying versions of Herbie Hancock’s jazz instrumental Watermelon Man and Pharrell Williams’ uplifting Happy.

The latter comprises The Joubert Singers gospel-fused funk tune Stand On the Word, this version comes with a dubby electro twist, and Lee McDonald’s soul banger I’ll Do Anything For You, and Mato’s version lies close to the floor-filling original.

This album is definitely not disco, but it’s not straight reggae either. It’s a selection of dance floor anthems carefully crafted with a new vision. The result is a rocking and swinging album with a cool edge.

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Old favourites get a discofied reggae twist

imagesFrench producer Taggy Matcher is, along with Bost & Bim, Jstar and Jr Blender, one of my favorite remixers when it comes to mashing hip-hop, soul and funk with reggae, sometimes as mash-ups, sometimes as straight cover versions.

Stix Records has now collected a few of Taggy Matchers productions on a great vintage-styled album, a set that looks and sounds like it was made in the 70s. Disco Reggae collects nine tracks from Taggy Matcher, The Dynamics, Blundetto, Grandmagneto, 7 Samurai and John Milk. These artists all share a love for working in the best spirit of 70s funky reggae.

The set features classic tunes by the likes of Herbie Hancock, The Commodores, The Sugarhill Gang, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Curtis Mayfield, The O’Jays and Harry Nilsson. All served up as dub-infused numbers with lots of discofied funky elements.

Disco Reggae is certainly reggae with a twist. The versions are innovative and creative, but it’s hard, probably impossible, to make a song like Move On Up even better than the original.

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