Friday, 24 October 2014
The Black Emeralds - Bed Bug/The Keeper
This 7" dropped into my lap via the established method of scrolling through an online seller's items with YouTube on standby like an eager to please shop assistant. Reggae isn't one of the musical forms I've made even a token effort to keep up with purely because I can't even manage to keep up with the goings on in all the other spheres of music I love, but if reggae as beautiful as this is being made in 2014, I may have to start. (Sorry Bank Manager!) Both songs are credited to J (Jason) Bonner and make clear that he has a great ear for a melody. There's a neatness in the languid arrangements and a crispness in the recordings that makes them incredibly easy on the ear and the rinky dink little keyboard line on "The Keeper" has been the soothing hold music in my head for days now. Jandisc have themselves a real winner. Time, I think, to see if they have any more.