Linval Thompson: Fussing and Fighting; Robert Dallas: Bearer of Bad News

From Med Tone Records here come two new 45s, one with Robert Dallas as the Bearer of Bad News, the other featuring the great Linval Thompson with Fussing and Fighting. The Robert Dallas track is a slow-paced roots song in a classic style, backed up with a fine dub version courtesy of the Med Tone All Stars. It’s particularly good to hear Linval Thompson in great voice with another classic-style release, recorded in Kingston Jamaica, again with an old-style heavyweight dub on the flip side. Don’t cut off those dreadlocks!

Linval Thompson and Robert Dallas, singles released on Med Tone records 21st May 2018

Mellow Mood: Large

From Italy we find Mellow Mood with a new collection of twelve roots reggae songs. This is their fifth studio album and is politically informed and socially aware throughout. The band has sought to reinvent itself and maintain a fresh approach with each successive album in order to capture something of the strength of their live performances on their recorded output. During April they played a number of dates in England, before heading out across France, Spain and Italy, with a final date due in the next few days in Amsterdam. As for the music, it largely remains true to the band’s name: heartfelt and quietly angry at the state of the world but fundamentally gentle in nature. The album opens with the brief and wistful ‘Call Back the Love’ which sets the scene for a series of fine roots songs underpinned by a powerful bass sound. There is a strong dub feel to some of the songs, as in the fadeout of ‘Another Day’ and a melancholy tone to the album as a whole. The production is strong throughout. Sweet reggae music for soothing the soul.

Mellow Mood ‘Large’, DDL/CD/vinyl release on La Tempesta Dub/Believe Distribution, April 2018