The Uplifts – Deforestation

by Mar 14, 2018Mini-Review, Reviews

Release Info

The Uplifts – Deforestation

Label: Upful Music | Format: DR | Street date: Februari 12, 2018


  1. Growth Rings
  2. Rough Lumber
  3. Clearance
  4. Sold As Fuel
  5. The Final Cut Down
  6. Hard Wood
  7. Grinding The Axe
  8. Saw Blade
  9. Coffee Break

The Uplifts - Deforestation

Strongly influenced by the legendary Skatalites, The Uplifts from Gothenburg, Sweden, started out as a backing band for several artists at the Swedish reggae scene. Formed by Jens Medbo (Trumpet), David Edefors (Trombone), Erik Eros Josefsson (Saxophone), Roger Skogholm (Drums), Fredrik Collin (Bass), Johan Ericsson (Keys), Fredrik L Mikaelsson (Skank Guitar) and Gustav Jullander (Lead Guitar) this Reggae & Ska orchestra released their first full length studio album called “Circus Celebration” in 2016. That 11-track album with instrumentals was produced and written by Rocksteady Fred.

The band’s producer Rocksteady Fred has also written all tracks featured on The Uplifts’ sophomore album entitled “Deforestation”. As one might expect, The Uplifts’ second album shows the growth and progression of the eight man strong band. The main dish is of course infectious Ska music with a touch of Soul and Jazz, but this time there are also two winning side dishes in the form of two roots tracks driven by a slow riddim and featuring great played parts of the horn section. In particular “Hard Wood” is a roots instrumental of sheer beauty… sweet earcandy fi sure! But also do check out the rootsy “Coffee Break”, ’cause that’s the another one to fulljoy.

If you like the sound of the 1960s or The Skatalites you will probably like this!


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