Review: With history stretching right back to the late 1960s, including spells recording for both Bob Marley's Tuff Gong label and Channel 1, Wailing Souls are one of Jamaica's most stored reggae outfits. The link to Marley and his Wailers band is key, because the influence of both is obvious on new album Back a Yard, the veteran duo's first full-length for nearly four years. What's on offer is high quality roots reggae with a few subtle twists (think interesting instrumental choices and occasional forays into more dub-wise territory), with Winston "Pipe" Matthew's soulful lead vocals soaring above brilliant backing tracks produced by Alborosie with the assistance of a very impressive roll-call of guest musicians.
Review: This is a sweet bit of Japanese roots and dub from the Youth of Roots. The original version 'Strawberry Girl' is all pained vocal longing, nagging chords and natty reggae rides with plenty of percussive highs, big horns and great production that brims with charm. It's a sunny jam that will warm anyone's heart. ON the flip is a lovely version that dial back to the rugged riddim.