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Words by Jesse Serwer, Eddie STATS and Martei Korley
With a documentary about the hidden history of lovers rock coming out this week (in U.K. theaters only, naturally), a primer on this somewhat misunderstood sub-genre seemed in order. At its heart, lovers rock is two things, a distinctly British musical movement which developed and evolved in London’s Caribbean communities in the 1970s, and the “Quiet Storm” to reggae’s R&B, a mellower version of the basic blueprint that developed expressly for intimate occasions, slow dancing or perhaps melancholic daydreaming about that one that got away. While the sound was re-transmitted back to the original source in Jamaica by artists who came to England to record or just fell in love with the sound—Sugar Minott, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Al Campbell, to name a few—we’ve focused this list on those British artists who most embodied the style.
Words by Martei Korley
“Should I”—isn’t that a Dennis Brown song? It is. Maxi Priest borrowed a couple of lines from it too, but that’s about it. Maxi’s “Should I,” from his ’85 breakout album You’re Safe, is a stellar example of British-bred lovers rock at it’s most vibrant . The synergy of his voice and the driving swing of his band Caution is almost perfect—pretty good for a first outing! The song was produced by Paul Robinson (a recording artist in his own right, who had some success on the British Lovers Rock scene under the moniker “Barry Boom”) and played by a band consisting of mostly Robinson family members. It’s a particular sound that has never really been replicated—smooth Lovers Rock with hard, Yard-style reverb.
Words by Jesse Serwer
Supporting Japan relief efforts is a no-brainer for so many different reasons. For one, it’s just the right thing to do. For another, Japan is one of the biggest markets for reggae and dancehall, and arguably the most loyal. So hell yeah we’re down with the Reggae For Japan event that Japan’s No. 1 sound Mighty Crown and promoters Irish and Chin are putting on June 5 at York College in Queens. The lineup is extra heavy: Damian Marley, Freddie, Chino and Stephen McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Maxi Priest, Capleton, Etana, Tanya Stephens, Mr Vegas, among others. Even better, since we’re always scouring for styles that we can believe in, New York’s Deadly Dragon Sound Syatem and Mighty Crown have produced this limited “Reggae For Japan” tee, with the Japanese flag’s red sun represented as a turntable. Cop it here, or better yet at the show.
Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford, Gabriel Heatwave and DJ Gravy.
All this talk about Gappy Ranks, Reggae Britannia and Rastamouse has got us thinking about how much sterling-quality reggae has come out of the island over the years. The big island. No, the other big island. The United Kingdom. Here are some of our personal favorites. Dennis! Come back wit’ me apple pie…