Studio 101 | Production Village
Written for Drum Media (The Music)
Bringing the typical New Zealand reggae-soul, and infusing that with the familiar off-beat strumming, funky synths and comfortable grooves, there you have THE BLACK SEEDS fifth studio album, Dust and Dirt. After a two-year creative process, The Black Seeds have put out a release that takes their songwriting and recording duties in an innovative direction. Dust and Dirt introduces the new styles and sounds of the band with energy, a warm vintage tone, and an improvisational feel.
Out of Light kicks of the album with a down tempo, spacey-bass vibe that doesn’t do much for capturing your attention, but if you give it a chance, Pippy Pip gives a bubbly and upbeat outburst, following with a harder-edge funk tune, Wide Open. Loose Cartilage is the highlight of the album with its piercing bluesy guitar jam and infectious melody. Love me Now makes you want to start grooving in a figure 8 form, whereas Cracks in our Crown rocks it up a whole new level.
The strength of The Black Seeds is in their musicianship, with their minimal vocals and well-crafted instrumentals. The smooth vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman compliment the optimistic and relaxed mood, infused with the tasty grooves and fresh touches.
Dust and Dirt is an album that reveals the band’s newfound and creative freedom, mixed with experimental funk, dub, soulful looping bass beats and vintage roots-reggae. It is an album that crosses boundaries for a band that is still holding onto their reggae foundation but has the ability to show they are ready to take on a challenge by adding more blends into the mix.