Here’s some fine old-school reggae with this excellent single entitled ‘Hey Brother’ taken from the Frightnrs’ debut album ‘Nothing More to Say’. This is gentle vocal reggae, with a keyboard sound reminiscent of the 60s or even 50s soul and early R and B, and a lead vocal hinting at the soulful feel of Marvin Gaye. The rest of the album is equally strong, including ‘Gonna Make Time’ with similar instrumentation but a faster pace, and the great rocksteady contribution of ’All My Tears’ or ‘Till Then’.
Described by the record company as the ‘sweetest and the roughest’ this is unashamedly retro melodic vocal reggae with a cracking rhythm throughout. With production from Ticklah (as in Easy Star All Stars) this New York band sound as though they were as much influenced by Motown as by the reggae greats and this is especially evident in their unique vocal sound. The saddest postscript is that lead vocalist Dan Klein was suffering from a severe degenerative illness while recording the album under difficult circumstances and he finally passed away last year.
The Frightnrs: Hey Brother (Do Unto Others), released on Daptone Records