Family Man & Youth Professional - "Southern Version" (version) (3:51)
Review: More than 40 years after its initial release, Afrik revisit the blissed out reggae of Melford Jackson's one and only hit, "Southern Africa". At its heart is some fantastic chord work, which trills and shimmers above the rumbling drums and jangling little guitar riffs. The flip finds Jamaican reggae bass player Family Man link with Youth Professional Band for the enchantingly aimless and wandering "Southern Version", in which it is so easy, and so enjoyable, to get lost in on a lazy afternoon.
Review: It's been four years since Fat Freddy's Drop's "Ten Feet Tall" and the ongoing remix series that joins the dots between the New Zealand outfit and the best beat makers in Berlin. Winnie & Somow are house and reggae aficionados who straddle that divide on a remix that has a rumbling bottom end and super silky lead vocal from Joe Dukie. As much as it makes you want to move, it also tugs at the heartstrings. LoYoTo then layer in endless reverb to their remake, which is invitingly cavernous and dubbed out as they rework Dukie's vocal into something more detached and blissed out.
Review: Some three years after Forest Swords emerged in impressive fashion with the widely regarded Daggers Path, the Wirral based producer returns with a fuller exposition of his spectral sound on a debut album. Released quite appropriately on Tri Angle, Engravings worms its way into your cerebral cortex and the ten track set reveals itself to be a richer, more varied display of the ideas formed on that Forest Swords debut. Allegedly mixed down on a laptop whilst Forest Swords producer Matthew Barnes was camped out in the Wirral countryside, there's a sense of the exposed and organic that powerfully hits home. Highlights include the stuttering headnod of "Irby Terror" and "Onward" which sounds like Andy Stott shooting lasers in a cave.