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Good things come forward with Lymie Murray and the Stamina Allstars

9f9f9a5ebf896c79776f526ef5784f47c2667b85Jamaican singer Lymie Murray may not be one of the most well-known artists from the island, even though he made an excellent album two years ago along with several strong singles for various producers. His haunting and reverberating style is much in the same vein as the late Garnett Silk with clear gospel influences, and now he has a new album with California reggae veterans Stamina Allstars.

Good Things Forward is a full sounding set with live played and organic riddims. It’s packed with crucial grooves, bright horns and guest appearances by the gritty Ken Boothe and several notable Jamaican session musicians and mixing engineers, including Sly Dunbar, Nambo Robinson, Robbie Lyn, Franklin Waul, Noel “Skully” Simms and Fatta Marshall and Clive Hunt.

On Good Things Forward Lymie Murray gets to showcase his full vocal palette, as shown on tracks like Happier People, the skanking Ken Boothe combination Mutual Feeling, the catchy Streets on Fire and the funky For Cynthia.

This album is the result of a great collaboration between skilled American and Jamaican musicians and is a satisfying example of vintage-sounding contemporary reggae.

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Half-year report – five favorite albums

A few months ago I wrote on Twitter and Facebook that the reggae year has been musically blessed so far with a huge number of very worthwhile album releases.

And I’m happy to say I feel the same way today. The first six months of 2012 have presented strong efforts from veterans and upcoming newcomers and dancehall and one drop alike. There have also been two sublime acoustic sets.

The album output so far also shows a healthy roots scene in Jamaica with an acclaimed set from the nowadays incarcerated dancehall deejay Busy Signal leading the way. He will hopefully have a good influence on Jamaican youths, and increase their interest in more old-fashioned reggae.

But the album output also shows that reggae is global. You don’t have to be in Kingston to record a great album. Just listen to the excellent sets from Bambú Station, Nazarenes, Winston Reedy, Lymie Murray and Skarra Mucci. These albums were mostly recorded in Europe or the U.S.

Below I have selected five of my most played albums so far this year. The competition for these five spots has been fierce between the many combatants. Compilations and reissues were ruled out at the very beginning, and I truly hope the coming six months will be as solid as the past ones.

Artist – album title (label)

Da Professor – The Laboratory (Don Corleon)

Lymie Murray – Deeper Roots (I Dwell)

Busy Signal – Reggae Music Again (VP)

Nazarenes – Meditation (I Grade)

Clinton Fearon – Heart and Soul (Chapter Two)

Curious on the albums? Check this Spotify playlist with all of them.

Later this week I’ll publish a half-year report with 15 favorite tunes. Stay tuned. More to come.

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A haunting roots reggae album from Lymie Murray

Jack Riddim of Californian-based I Dwell Records has produced one of the best albums I’ve heard in a while.

Deeper Roots is Lymie Murray’s first album since Only Conversation in 2001, and his first album solely in a roots reggae mood. He has previously mostly recorded in the lovers rock vein.

But Deeper Roots is something else. This album is captivating and enchanting. It has a warm Studio One sound with Lymie Murray’s passionate and soulful delivery floating across the live played riddims.

His voice has been compared to the late and great Garnett Silk, and that’s a fair comparison. Even though he sounds even more like Aaron Silk with a bit of Chezidek added.

Some of the many highlights include the haunting Captive and Marcus, with their memorable and spooky falsetto backing vocals, along with Milk & Honey on the Fyah Fureal riddim and the relentlessly skanking Cool it Down.

Deeper Roots certainly lives up to its title. This is profound roots reggae of the highest order.

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