Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Extra Love
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CD Single
December 31, 2013

Artist & tune

  • Extra Love - Wake Up / Bigman / Love Vibration / 500 Years
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
Extra Love are a young ten-piece band from Manchester. Their style can best be described as danceable, energetic, robust and full of vibes. The band is blessed with two distinctive vocalists. Kuntri Ranks aka The Lion King is a respected reggae veteran, who was a member of the pioneering 'world' music group Sons Of Arqa. The Greek ying to Mr.Ranks' Jamaican yang is Angelos Gavriilidis; a melodic and passionate singer/lyricist, whose vast musical output encompasses everything from acoustic singer/songwriter ditties to downright filthy Techno productions. The band also features a 3-piece horns section. Extra Love and its members have shared the stage with artists such as Afrikan Simba, Top Cat, Channel One, The Beat, Rico Rodriguez (The Specials), Craig Charles, Ariya Astrabeat Arkestra, Kenny Knotts, Finley Quaye, Gentlemen's Dub Club, The Undertones, Beats and Pieces and many more.

The EP opens inna persuasive style with Wake Up. An vigorous and danceable tune with nice horns riffs! The tempo goes down with the title track, Bigman, a social commentary about 'The Bigman' who doesn't take his responsibility towards the poor and needy. Great tune! The nest tune tells us that "Love vibration will set us free". This forceful tune features jazz influenced horns riffs and even some dub snippets. The last tune - 500 Years (inna Babylon) - reaches back to the fine roots reggae sounds of the '70s, musically as well as lyrically. Once again the horns play a dominant role and the result is well worth checking out!

Highly recommendable!