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Various Artists The Kings Of Reggae

  • Words: Derek Beres
  • Label: BBE-Rapster
  • XLR8R Rating: 6/10

No matter how much we evolve with digital technologies, nothing can replace the fuzzy, warm, analog sounds of classic reggae-which is why collections like this will always be welcome. Old-school reggae DJ David Rodigan knew this music in its heyday and fills Disc One with certified fist-raisers, à la Junior Murvin, The Congos, and Burning Spear. Shaggy producer Sting International moves to the more obscure and dubby, showcasing Dennis Brown and Coco Tea-equally warm though less anthemic. Overall, the 24 tracks play like most any Trojan compilation, so there's nothing new here, but it's enjoyable nonetheless.

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