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The Lions Jungle Struttin’

  • Words: David Ma
  • Label: Ubiquity
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

You might not expect solid, Jamaican-inspired music from L.A.’s plastic culture. But the results are tasteful when members of great bands–Connie Price and The Keystones, Rhythm Roots All-Stars, and Breakestra to name a few–collaborate to make music in a style that inspired their own works. The title track, along with “Hot No Ho,” has smooth horns and sharp arrangements that are fused with nice harmonies. The 11 tracks are dub- and ska-influenced, but also nod directly to jazz, soul, and funk. The album is cohesive, rhythmic, and cinematic–hardly cheesy modern reggae, and definitely worth a listen.

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