Barbados-born musician and producer Dennis Bovell has spent most of his subsequent life in London, and from there has built up a formidable reputation in reggae music. He formed the band Matumbi and wrote the song ‘Silly Games’ which became a hit on the mainstream pop charts for Janet Kay. This new release, ‘Caught You in a Lie’, is a cover of Louisa Marks’ 1975 original and, like ‘Silly Games’ and much of his other output, takes us right back to the lovers’ rock era. ‘Caught You in a Lie’ is released ahead of his forthcoming album ‘The Dubmaster: the Essential Anthology’ due for release on 25th March and supported by a number of live performances in the UK.
In addition to his own work in the reggae tradition, Dennis Bovell has also worked in conjunction with a pretty diverse range of artists including Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice, The Boomtown Rats, Sade, Jarvis Cocker, Bananarama, Bobby Gillespie, Boy George, Arcade Fire and Joss Stone. He also featured in the recent and well-received TV presentation Small Axe.
Quite a pedigree. The full tracklisting from the double vinyl album reveals a very broad choice of material from reggae and beyond. The CD/digital version differs. But worth a listen in either case.