Daniel Primavera (International Farmers) What's In Your Playlist?
Prince Fatty – Supersize
These guys from the UK lay the roots down better than most anyone these days and this album is easily my favorite reggae album from 2010. Crucial roots drumming, fat bass, authentic vocals, real keys, and just enough dub to keep this album in repeat on a regular basis.
Bedouin Soundclash – Light the Horizon
This band from Canada has been flying under the radar but they absolutely deserve more love. They blend rock, reggae, and punk into a continuous and foot-tapping soundscape of listening goodness. The songwriting is sincere and the instrumentation is top notch. Light the Horizon has a song for every mood and may become your best friend once you press play. Their sound is reminiscent of the Police and recommended for everyone.
Thunder Body – Thunder Body EP
No joke, these five songs rip through my speakers almost daily. An explosive and exciting debut from this band from Rochester, NY; Thunder Body features Matt and Rachel, formerly of Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. Each song contains intelligent and conscious lyrics, impeccable musicianship, and an authentic nod to traditional reggae. They are good friends of mine, but they really get me pumped to play reggae in a saturated world of sound-alikes. I cannot wait to see them live in So Cal!
Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
I’ve been listening to Iron & Wine for at least 5 years now and with every release I’m never let down. This album is a departure from their previous releases but is perfectly timed. Another excellent songwriter, Sam Beam, captivates your soul and ears for a musical journey like no other. Contemplative and genuine, these songs exhibit Beam’s breathy voice alongside a new collective of sounds. Great road trip music!
The Whigs – In the Dark
Sometimes I yearn for the real grit of a true rock and roll band. The Whigs easily fit that description. Having been road tested with Kings of Leon for the past few years you may have already heard of them. From Athens, Georgia, these guys aggressively lay down the rock with enough melody and simplicity to avoid ever becoming pretentious. I saw them at the Troubadour last year and was blown away. Do yourself a favor and pick this album up asap.
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