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Who is Mangoseed

 

Hailing from the cultural and creative melting pot that is England’s capital city, Mangoseed comprise four musicians of Trinidadian, Jamaican, Australian and Irish descent. Perhaps no surprise then, that this multinational troupe produce an enthralling fusion of global sounds, mashing up ska and soca, jungle and funk, rock and punk, all of it high-energy and unfailingly danceable.

 

Lead Vocals, Samples / Nicholai La Barrie
Guitar, Vocals / Karlos Coleman
Bass, Vocals / Richard Hardy
Drums, Samples / Sam Campbell 

 

 
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MUSIC

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The album kicks off with “Lioness,” which has awesome punk-like, reggae-infused, rock that you simply can’t help but groove along with. The first single off of the album titled “Brix-tone” is a commentary on the 1981 Brixton Riots in South London and is a dub heavy track, which projects their Jamaican roots and influence and their powerful lyrics. “I Shoot My Friends” is a guitar-dominant piece, as well as “Bali Men Interrupted,” and “Interruption.” A noteworthy, soothing and calming song on the rock-reggae band’s first record is “This Life,” which opens with smooth guitar and drum beats, and sets a nice relaxed groove.

Overall, this is a well-produced collection of songs that go through dub, rock, funk, and the combination of these styles. Mangoseed put every bit of their passion into the album and it shows and commands that you move along with it.

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Singles

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Jah Jah guide and protect I/Please take me home

A tribute to such roots reggae giants as Burning Spear and Third World, ‘Jah Jah Guide’ is underpinned by classy, heavy-duty dub, marching ever onward in a convoy of growling bass, strident kick-drum, pealing guitar runs and galaxial effects. A fiery exaltation as relevant to the displaced of today as much as yesteryear, it is tale of a people traversing the desert in search of sanctuary, hoping that the wisdom of their God and forefathers will guide them to a safer land and a better life. It is an ode passionately delivered by Mangoseed frontman Nicholai, who directs the song to a ferocious climax with his increasingly quickfire patter, a rhythmic torrent culminating in praise to “to the older ones of creation”.

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