The Drop – Turning Around EP

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As their debut album nears completion and subsequently it’s unveiling, UK reggae band The Drop are releasing the Turning Around EP as a free download.  Consisting of five tracks to entrance and ignite the imagination it is a quite seductive tempting for the forthcoming full-length and a thrilling gift to help end the year.

The nine piece band from London and Reading began at the beginning of 2009 and was soon grabbing attention with their distinct fusion of reggae with refreshing elements of dub and rock. Their first year saw The Drop become a regular on stages across the festival circuit as their contagious and skilled employment of virulent hooks and virulent melodies within heavy reggae based imagination worked its addictive toxicity upon those before them. Since forming the band has played with the likes of as Toots and the Maytals, Lee Perry, Zion Train, Don Letts, and The Dub Pistols, supported The Skints on their 2012 sell-out UK tour, appeared at Glastonbury, Soundwave in Croatia, Secret Garden Party, and Boomtown Fair, and received strong radio play. It has led to a strong anticipation of the band’s first album which Turning Around will not exactly appease but certainly bring a temporary halt to the impatient wait though equally it could just accelerate the hunger.

As soon as the opening tease of prowling bass licks at the ears from the title track you sense something magnetic is brewing, an coverassumption soon confirmed and elevated as the song seduces with a virulence which is just irresistible. With a knowing swagger to the riffs, precise bait from the rhythms, and a warm coaxing from the trumpet the song enslaves the imagination and emotions, and it has not yet got into full stride. A collaboration between The Drop and long-standing roots reggae producer and promoter Satchi Dubworks, the track is soon pouncing with greater allure with the pumped rips of guitar and tantalising keys ably backed by brass kisses, but it is the riveting vocals of Dandelion which seal the already destined to linger deal, his vocals a smooch on the ear with delicious expression coating every syllable he shares. With an eager tempo to its rocksteady romp and energy the song is sheer manna for the senses and imagination.

Up next comes CCTV, a track bred by the band from a track originally written by Dandelion and Hyperdub’s well-established production quartet LV in dubstep form. Washed in an absorbing ambience and smouldering keys crafted radiance the track slowly burns away at the passions for the fullest reception, its magnetic roots seeded breath mesmeric in touch and charm. In many ways the track feels like a mix of By The Rivers and Ruts DC, thoroughly captivating and wholly seductive.

The following Waiting For unveils a similarly transfixing offering, its bewitching weave of vocal harmonies, elegant keys, and mouthwatering trumpet heat a scintillating warmth to beguile thoughts and emotions, like a mix of UB40 with the indie incitement of a Bedouin Soundclash. Imagination floats over and through the song as it gently entices emotions and thoughts to play with its aural and vocal fascination, the song another infection dripping piece of melodic emotive alchemy.

Completed by a great dramatic yet restrained dub version of CCTV by roots veteran Nick Manasseh and a radio mix of Waiting For, the Turning Around EP is pure inventive temptation which makes The Drop’s impending album a must check out. Our impatience for it is already brewing agitation.

Get the Turning Around EP  as a name your own price release @ http://thedropmusic.bandcamp.com/album/turning-around-ep

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9/10

RingMaster 20/12/2013

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onlyjoe – Play With Fire

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Three EPs in and it is fair to say that UK reggae band onlyjoe just get better and more compelling with each release, the undeniable proof coming with new and fourth EP Play With Fire. It is a magnetic blaze of seductive invention and incendiary intent which leaves senses and thoughts fully awake whilst emotions eagerly accept and join the sultry ride. Consisting of the title track and three remixes, the release from the London based ten piece continues the impressive emergence of the band through their self–titled debut and even more so the Revolution and Wicked Lands EPs. It brings the heart and creative fire of the band openly into view yet again whilst moving those self-same elements on to greater potency. The buzz around the band and anticipation for this new release has been an eager hunger and Play With Fire soon tells you why.

Since emerging onlyjoe has earned a strong vibrant reputation for their inventive sound and open passion, as well as their appearances and adventures alongside the likes of Tippa Irie, Mad Professer, Aba Shanti-I, Solo Banton, Zion Train, Demolition Man, Congo Natty and many more, which has seen them grow into a formidable proposition. Play With Fire as it recruits the passions seems like the key to the next level of plateaus and awareness, a release reaping the seeds set by its predecessors to prospectively bloom into a new realm of acclaim. Of course time will tell but it is hard to suggest anything to the contrary will emerge.

The title track saunters in with a smouldering ambience to its air and vocals whilst brass and keys drizzle their individual temptations square_160across the riveting expanse to help accelerate the pull of the track. The triple vocal juggle is masterful bait alone; Jago, Zico, and Galak all different and distinct lure for ears and emotions within the guitar caresses and rhythmic enticement. Add the flames of sax and trumpet whilst the bass pulsates with just the right shade of shadow and contemplation, and you have a sizzling provocation alongside a thought provoking narrative, quite simply you have a lingering persuasion. The track slowly disperses rather than ends ensuring its touch and voice remains to the very last second as an impacting suggestion, the track overall a unique and powerful merger of modern and traditionally seeded reggae.

The remaining tracks on the EP come in the shape of remixes by Dubkasm, DJ Madd, and the Sleepy Time Ghost & Hylu remix. All in their individual premises and approaches bring new reflections and looks from the original version, though all miss its stature and potent success as an instigator and seducer. They do bring fresh ventures to embrace though even if you always turn back to their inspirer for the real deal.

Released through Unit 137, Play With Fire is a single all reggae lovers need to investigate with full satisfaction and pleasure guaranteed, whilst onlyjoe show it is a band destined to the mightiest of horizons.

http://www.onlyjoe.co.uk

9/10

RingMaster 13/10/2013

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onlyjoe: Revolution EP

The voice of change and standing up with purpose has never sounded as good as it does with the new EP from UK reggae band onlyjoe. Led by the absorbing single Revolution, the five track release brings a message and uplifting energy in unison with a fine craft and emotive heart. It sweeps one up in a rising emotion and intent that is impossible not to be inspired by as the infectious and stirring sounds within Revolution flow and pulsate.

      onlyjoe is a nine strong London band which has lit up stages with their highly energetic shows and sounds alongside the likes of Tippa Irie, Mad Professor, Aba Shanti-I, Solo Banton, Zion Train, Demolition Man, Congo Natty and more. A force and notorious for ripping up the dance floor, onlyjoe has established a formidable reputation and presence amongst underground parties, clubs and major festivals throughout the UK. Revolution is the first sure step in taking it to the fullest level of awareness and audiences, something it is hard imagining from this release alone will not be successful.

The title track squeals in on sonic breaks as the band begins littering and spotting the ears with tempting melodies alongside glorious and warm brass sounds. The song commences to sway and bob with eager teasing riffs and boisterous beats, the rhythms and melodies the kinder with the song the fuse and match to spark and ignite the senses. The smooth mesmeric vocals of Zico grab the emotions and draw them in for the excellent gravelly tones of Jago to bring an inciteful intensity and defiance. It is a perfect mix that ripples within the hypnotic quality sounds surrounding them. Revolution was written just before the London riots and prophetically seems to soundtrack the rest of the year from after that particular moment

The EP also includes an instrumental dub version from Hylu and a trio of remixes from artists that have inspired the band. The first is from Bristol based dubstep don, RSD. He sends the track into different heights with his intriguing and inspired manipulations, his version having a pulsating darker vein that resonates throughout. This is followed by a mix from UK hip-hop legend Skitz in collaboration with the excellent The Sea. It is a version which seems to pull the light and dark sides from the song to place them to the fore in an enthused and dazzling battle. In what are all absorbing remixes this is the best and most fulfilling. A jungle version from Unit 137 family member Sleepy Time Ghost closes off the release in a strong and pleasing rapture of sounds.

Every track on Revolution is a brew of invention and sounds whilst the impressive original version of the song brings energy and thought to drive and inspire each and every day. It is compulsive and deeply effective with onlyjoe the freshest and most vibrant voice in UK reggae.

Be sure to check out the video for Revolution below which features their performance at Occupy London at the end of 2011.

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RingMaster 04/05/2012

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