Sunday, March 09, 2014

Midnite's New Album Generates Beauty

Prolific St. Croix, Virgin Islands reggae band Midnite is back with their latest release, Beauty For Ashes, produced by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred of I-Grade Records. The arrangements and recording are crisp and melodic, featuring live horn sections, heavy riddims and guest vocal appearances from fellow VI artists Lutan Fyah, Pressure Buss Pipe and Ras Batch.

Highlight tracks include "A Remninder," "When Jah Arise," and the album's title track, and several songs include extended dub mixes. The album's overall timber is reminiscent of UK greats Aswad in their prime–in other words classic roots reggae structures with bubbling organs, round, warm bass tones and well-constructed song arrangements. Get a taste and check Walshy Fire's (Major Lazer) Beauty For Ashes promo mix.