I can cope with more than one musical genre at once. I can, I can, I can. However, in the past week or so, my listening has moved away from the intense and earnest lo-fi acoustic scene that has dominated my varied sound systems since the turn of the year; my preference at the moment is reggae. A couple of albums I have downloaded recently have been spun a good deal.
Ethiopian Kings 1975-80 by Rod Taylor (a name I would expect a darts player or, perhaps, a plasterer to own) is a classic slice or two of roots reggae with airy vocals and a strong lyrical content underpinned by melodic and uplifting riddims. The opening track, King David, Solomon, Moses is a superbly produced, swaggering and soaring number and sets the tone perfectly for thirteen more lilting gems.
Trojan Records is 40 years old and that most wonderful of reggae labels is celebrating in style. The company has asked none other than Radiohead’s guitar genius Jonathan ‘Jonny’