ALBUM STRANGE THINGS – ABSTRACT ROOTS
After the album Daystar between UK reggae and electro pop, City Kay pushes the crossover even further with their new album : Strange Things.
CITY KAY blends a roots vintage groove in a modern electro pop production : the references to the Reggae godlen era mix with atmospheric layers, electronic beats, textures and keyboards inspired by the New York school from the sixties. Following the example of abstract Hip Hop, we can talk about Abstract Roots.
The 6 musicians offer many innovations in their music on this EP : a foray in futuristic Hip Hop (Run for your soul), sounds inspired by SF movies on a One Drop groove (Mad Men) A downtempo track with Pop textures (Tension) and a Stepper electronic beat accompanying a song imbued with blues (Man Cultivation Struggle). We can hear the unique tone of the multi skilled singer Jay Pharaoh, at ease with spoken word, rap and vocals.
The eponym song «Strange Things» mixes the Gnossienne melody composed by Erik Satie with a powerful reggae groove, while the song «No Politicians Fool You» features a speech of the Indian thinker Krishamurti on a deep and catchy bassline.
The musical personalities of the band members are also highlited, with «Mind Under Control» sung by guitarist Yoann Minkoff, or the Wailing Souls cover «We Got To Be Together» sung by keyboard player and arranger LOEIZ. Most of the tracks also give the lions share to the virtuoso drummer Saymon Roger.
The album closes with a featuring of legendary Johnny Osbourne on a song mixing Jamaican Rockers groove with contemporary Pop colours (Throw away your guns) While visiting other Bass culture styles, CITY KAY plays with codes and rules, breaks down their reggae until abstraction, stating their artistic uniqueness.
Album available here : https://smarturl.it/CTKStrangeThings