Rocksteady Party

Rocksteady Party

Rising to prominence in Britain during the 1960s and 70s with fledgling releases on underground labels like Blue Beat and Dice, Laurel Aitkin soon became something of a respected elderman within the British ska/reggae fraternity. Collaborating with a number of emerging reggae collectives like Bad Manners in the early 1980s, Aitkin attracted both renewed press attention and reached new audiences. This project with the London Based Potato Five is another example of that collaborative approach, blending accessible, pop-tinged reggae with Aitkin's inimitable roots vocal. While <I>Rocksteady Party</I> does remain fairly true to the bass, keys and horn approach of reggae, overall it sounds a little unadventurous--too polished even, lacking much of the vibrancy and vitality you associate with the rougher, more organic sides of ska/reggae. If it's commercial British ska reggae you require, try the Beat, Madness or the Specials for a safer, more rewarding bet. --<I>Found Sounds</I>