aggrolites Rugged Road (CD, £16.50)label: grover
Fifth album by LA's Aggrolites - more than a band, they are a movement unto themselves: 'Dirty Reggae' is their signature fusion of reggae, soul, grit and determination. The recording sessions took place at Young Cub Records' studio headquarters in Boston, MA with Craig "DubFader" Welsch (Slightly Stoopid, John Brown's Body) - the band wanted to "lay down these new rhythms on reel to reel tape, playing all together in one room to create a vibe that can't be copied by any of the newest advances in recording technology". "Ideal for your next soul shakedown party," raved Peter Relic from Rolling Stone about Reggae Hit L.A. and IV. "The group's upbeat, soul-infused reggae attack puts the rock back in rocksteady. Mixing ska, Motown and punk-rock energy with Jamaican rhythm, The Aggrolites tear it up with the intensity of The Clash and the heart of the Caribbean" - Ink Magazine (February 2009).
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