Blend Mishkin – an Athens-based producer and label head honcho – has dropped his eighth album, this time working with six piece band Roots Evolution. Invited on the eleven track set is also no less than twelve vocalists from Europe and Jamaica, and several of the cuts are done in combination style.
Blend Mishkin has been making music since the 90s, mostly working with computers and turntables, but this time he decided to employ live musicians instead. And the result is an organic and pulsating effort with strong melodies and catchy hooks.
Survival of the Fittest follows the success of lead single Settle Down – with Exco Levi on the microphone. On the album the bouncy vocal version is followed by a devastating dub cut.
Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution deliver a cocktail of past and present and included are both originals and relicks. Jammaroots & BNC make a funky version of Dawn Penn’s mighty You Don’t Love Me (No,No, No) and Georges Perin graces Headz Together and Daddy Let’s Slide with a soulful falsetto.
Survival of the Fittest is a solid and summery set firmly anchored in the soulful and funky side of reggae.