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King Django
Meets The Scrucialists (Jump! Up Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Going to Europe to record with the new Swiss reggae band The Scrucialists, king of the East Coast ska scene, King Django (who has fronted both Skinnerbox and the Stubborn All-Stars, as well as played and/or worked with Rancid, The Slackers, and more) delivers his latest solo record. Meets The Scrucialists, a 14-track, political roots-reggae, traditional ska album that also includes a hearty helping of dancehall and dub.

Django has never faded from his love of Jamaican music, and, as such, has grown stronger with each record. While others tried to further incorporate modern styles, Django kept reaching further and further back into history to deliver his original sound. With Meets The Scrucialists King Django stays true to form and delivers one of his best records to date, a record so true to its origins you would swear it was recorded in the 60s.

But, with his unique vision, Django puts a modern spin on it without running everything through a modern filter, ensuring its authenticity, while also making sure it will withstand the test of time, just like his influences.

It's a strong, rhythm-heavy dance record that will make you fall in love with Jamaican music, if you're not already in love with it. I'll give it a B+.

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