A Krafty bootleg of the Robert Nesta Marley singalong classic, with added beefed-up beats and an MC filling in a few gaps in between. Krafty always makes an unexpected bootleg work.
This is indeed the return of Rico Tubbs, although put alongside his bass music classic ‘Gangsters’, it does seem to be going through the motions a tad. The template is the same and the constituent parts - wobbly bass, hype slippy-slidey garage beats, arcade game noises etc - are all present and correct, but it doesn't quite gel. The TJH87 revamp drops it down into a funky thang, Kepikei employs a deep burrowing bass, hardcore yelps and low-slung breaks for an understated tech-funk DJ tool, and Kraymer's turn is an undesirable trappist melee. Patchy.
Sure, there are points on his ‘Candle Coast EP’ where Ben Jacobs sounds like a lot of other producers making happy, overtly musical 4/4, but then there’s also ‘Dancrodile’ - a guitar-flecked marimba-driven funkster of a production that’s a proven grey-London-morning-pick-me-up. It’s the glaring hit in the middle of a solid three-tracker that just builds and builds melodically to the point where you can actually taste the serotonin seeping into your central nervous system.
Heralds of the modern disco scene come out of a quiet period with a remix package from duo, Blamma! Blamma! - inviting the likes of Andy Cato, Psychemagik, Kiani vs Red D and Eelke Kleijn to do their bidding. Groove Armada's Andy Cato serves up a Balearic ace alongside a slow electro manoeuvre from the Psychmagik boys. Two rousing deep house remixes from Kiani vs Red D and Eelke Kleijn round off this tidy return.