Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno: 1000 Watts

a3719903311_7This is the third album from the dub-based Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno project, ‘1000 Watts’. This release finds Will ‘Quantic’ Holland venturing from electronica into pure reggae-roots territory, bringing together some classic-style reggae-rhythms supported by an impressive inventory of reggae guests including the late Ikey Owens on keyboard, drummer Santa Davis and singers Hollie Cook and Christopher Ellis . Also onboard are Alice Russell and no less than Deejay maestro U-Roy who both feature on the splendid single release ‘A Life Worth Living’ which manages to propel the listener back into the past and firmly into the future at the same time.

Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno ‘1000 Watts’, vinyl/CD, release 17th June 2016

Puppa Lek Sen: Sweet and Tuff

puppaThis is the fifth album from Senegal’s Puppa Lek Sen, a serious roots album documenting Africa’s struggles and spreading the Rasta message and culture. The album features Coco Roots (Beatmaker), Christophe Laxenaire (keyboard), Laurent Pena Vieira (drums), Vi-Avelino (guitar), Skunky Skanky (guitar), Valess (bass), Makéda (chorus), Ilements and, notably on the track ‘Pirates’, the legendary voice of Cédric Myton from venerable reggae band the Congos. Drawing inspiration overall from hip-hop and blues as well as from reggae the album is a powerful release in the spirit of a committed performer. The track featured here, ‘Dem a Murderer’, is testament to the destructive effects of war on central Africa.