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4.0 out of 5 stars
Regions
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on 7 May 2014
As a fan of both previous Ellis Island offerings, 'Regions' has been a long time coming. Thankfully, if you will forgive the use of a timeworn phrase, 'it has been well worth the wait'.
This duo are not keen on repeating themselves, so this time out they eschew the mainly electronic offerings of album one and rootsy soundscapes of album two for something that feels altogether more 'worldy'. In fact, Jah Wobble's early cross-cultural offerings with The Invaders of the Heart were the obvious point of reference on first hearing.
No matter, what Ellis Island Sound always do well, regardless of the instrumental bedrock, is infectious melodies and rhythms. There are an abundance of both on this record, and the decision to use vocals (for the first time) on three tracks should also be seen in this context - they appear to be being used as more of a melodic/rhythmic texture rather than in the conventional sense.
The regular appearance of the trombone over township-style grooves is incredibly uplifting. In fact, this is a 'sunshine' album, the majority of which is very successfully aimed at the feet. I am loving it. Score: 4/5
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