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Various Best Seven Selections 2

Daniel Best’s Berlin-based Best Seven label makes coffeehouse reggae for laid-back listeners whose hearts thump at a steady 80 beats per minute. Soul, rocksteady, dub, and organic rhythms get chopped and rolled in this Rizla-sealed affair, which features previously unreleased tracks and party rockers from Boozoo Bajou, DJ Vadim, Extended Spirit, and Eva Be. But the less-familiar artists are equally intriguing, including The Black Seeds, whose “The Answer” offers richly emotional male vocals and an addictive chorus. Frost & Wagner’s “Like A O” lays down dub echoes and a minimal arrangement for Paul St. Hilaire’s soulful, meditative singing, a sound that typifies Selections 14 tracks. Even reggae experts need to check this unique collection, where “best” is no exaggeration.

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