Morgan Heritage - Avrakedabra
Reggae royalty and Grammy Award winning band Morgan Heritage are back with a new reggae infused album. I’ll let you into a little secret - I’m a big fan. I personally think that 'Inna Dem Ting Deh' is one of the best reggae tracks ever released and they’ve been responsible for some classic Caribbean anthems like 'Tell Me How Come', 'Nothing to Smile About' and of course 'Inna Dem Ting Deh' which I’m not sure I mentioned is one of the best reggae tracks ever. It’s defiantly my go-to tune when I need a pick me up! Back to the job in hand, and on with the review!
The new album is far from the roots sound that you might expect from the band, it evolves on the pop fusion sound that the band have been developing for the last few years. They call it “Rockaz” but to the uninitiated it’s a fusion of pop and reggae with a few other genres thrown in for good measure. The album has many collaborations including one with Ziggy and Stephen from the Marley clan. I’ll be honest, I like roots reggae more than I do this pop style, but I can’t help but get sucked into it. I was fortunate to see them at Boomtown Fair last year and it’s an infectious sound you can’t help but get your groove on to. This album brings together hip hop influences, candy floss pop like 'Reggae Night' alongside dubstep stabs and more traditional reggae tracks like 'Tribute to Ruggs'. There’s something for everyone on this album and I’m sure it will be well received. Stand out tracks for me include 'Selah' with it’s dub bassline and 'We are'. It’s out at the end of May 2017.