Reggae Angels – with Sly & Robbie
Remember Our Creator
Kings Music International / Zojak World Wide
The Reggae Angels are a Bay Area reggae group specialising in conscious roots reggae with political and religious messages married to the upbeat good-vibe styled uplifting grooves of radio-ready reggae. Soft in style, intentionally. It’s an easy blend – light and drifty musically but full of punch lyrically. It’s also a slick product but never feels like just a safe, commercial thing – the groove being built by the legendary rhythm section and producers Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespeare (bass). But more than that, the group features Dwight Pinkney on guitar, Dean Fraser on sax, keyboardists Franklyn ‘Bubbler Waul and Patrick Murray, percussionist Alton ‘Sandrum’ Vanhorne, Okeil Mckentyre on trumpet and the late great Ronald ‘Nambo’ Robinson on the trombone. It’s subtly powerhouse – this band. The mellifluous groove stamped down is slick and rich and so, so smooth.
And if the inclusion of Sly and Robbie wasn’t enough on the melodica the group features Addis Pablo, son of the legendary Augustus.
Lead vocalist Peter ‘Fenton’ Wardle has been at it since he was a kid. He’s such a safe pair of hands – a great singer, solid communicator of ideas too.
And the Sly & Robbie connection is firm; this being the third record the group has made with reggae’s best producers and riddim-team.
Usually I want a bit more grit to my reggae – a bit more ruggedness to the soul of the music but when a slick product still inspires I’m more than willing to talk it up and give it a few spins. And this record has found me at the right time. Looking for new reggae to blend with the old, looking to take a dive back into that unique sound world. The title track has such an 80s throwback sound, I love it. Reminiscent of Boris Gardiner at his laidback best.