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The king of hip-hop reggae returns! Taggy Matcher needs very little introduction here; Bruno Hovart has spearheaded and contributed more titles to the genre that anyone else. Here he follows up “Singasong” with another eight tracks, further exploring the cannons of dub and reggae with a host of new MCs - LMK, Birdy Nixon, Alexandra Charry, Hawa, John Milk & Elodie Rama.

The album starts with "Push Push", a title already released last year as a vinyl single 7", in collaboration with rising singer LMK, who you may know from her successful previous reworks on Taggy's last album ("No Love Allowed", "My Man"). Sharing the same love for the early 80's digital rub-a-dub productions, lyrics are about street harassment of women…with a pinch of humor!

On "Little Things", Taggy invites old mate Birdy Nixon for a cover of an early rocksteady classic by Hemsley Morris. With the vintage bounce we love combined with modern sounds and productions, the song is all about tenderness and simplicity.

"Volvere Mañana", the song has this very cumbia hip move with the participation of gifted singer Alexandra Charry from Cali in Colombia, where they both composed the song. Then, Taggy invited Boris Pokora to play the ‘gaita’ local flute to give the song its proper Colombian Caribbean coast flavor.

The album continues with "Two Dimes" featuring longtime collaborator Hawa (from Mr President to Mr Day and other numerous projects). This shaky disco reggae rockers is all about getting ready for the party with only ‘two dimes’ in your pocket!

"Q Fashion" is a song full of wittiness and self-mockery wrote during the first Covid-19 lockdown. Parisian Soul singer John Milk was stuck in Paris while Bruno was in Lyon. On this minimalistic digital reggae tune, they give the ingredients to perfect your next quarantine outfit.
Discoish reggae tune "Get Enough" featuring Birdy Nixon has a simple and successful recipe: just mix a big dose of Lovers with the same amount of Rockers and you've got this 100% soulful song.

On "Suit and Tie", Taggy and John Milk go Pop with this version of Justin Timberlake, which fits perfectly with John's tender and mellow style.

Finally, Elodie Rama with Taggy Matcher pay tribute to Erykah Badu and her legacy to the soul music scene at the end of the nineties. The mood is jazzy, mellow and warm, with tiny Lee Scratch Perry early 70's vaporous vibes.


TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Push Push (feat LMK) (4:09)
2. Little Things (feat Birdy Nixon) (4:12)
3. Volvere Manana (feat Alexandra Charry) (3:38)
4. Two Dimes (feat Hawa) (5:31)
Side 2
1. Q Fashion (feat John Milk) (3:51)
2. Get Enough (feat Birdy Nixon) (3:58)
3. Suit & Tie (feat John Milk) (4:29)
4. On & On (feat Elodie Rama) (4:10)

Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, proudly presents Disco Reggae Vol. 4, following three precedent acclaimed editions. Imagine the biggest classics from Roy Ayers, Chemise, Lyn Christopher, Gerswhin, A Taste Of Honey, Keni Burke, Patrice Rushen or Kraftwerk reworked and re-arranged as Reggae & Dub killer tunes. Dream no more, the best producers from the Stix roster cooked some magic over these essential tunes: Soul Sugar aka Booker Gee, Taggy Matcher, Blundetto, Mato, Rosemary Martins and Wolfgang signed here the perfect soundtrack to extend the summer and rock the dancefloors! Massive!

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Stix continue to be one of the market leaders of the reggae refix. Featuring the original roster of Taggy Matcher, Blundetto & Mate plus some other all stars gathered up on the way; classic disco and soul given that all important SKANKADELIC rub-down. Jah!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Soul Sugar - We Live In Brooklyn
A2. Taggy Matcher - She Can't Love You (feat Celia Kameni)
A3. Blundetto Meets Booker Gee - Take Me With You (unreleased Discomix Version)
A4. Wolfgang - Summertime (feat Boris Pokora)
B1. Mato - Boogie Oogie Oogie (feat Lady Gatica) 
B2. Hawa - Risin' To The Top (feat Rosemary Martins)
B3. Taggy Matcher - Forget Me Nots (feat Cindy Pooch)
B4. Taggy Matcher - Radioactivity

Mato

Summer Madness

Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, is back with some heavy dub cuts from label regular Mato with its usual special skills as a tailor of reggae music.

On Side A, Mato focuses on the infamous "Summer Madness", originally composed by Kool & The Gang. Providing a fresh dub rework, the song will make you dream of hot wet summer nights, gently rocked by beautiful guitar melodies and sweet Fender Rhodes chords. Just a perfect match for all forthcoming summers of love!

On Side B, Mato takes care of "Use Me", originally composed by Bill Withers on his Still Bill album. Expect funky and bouncy clavinets and a nice melodica line for this rework of a timeless classic. As Mato once said, "Play it loud and burn a chalice!"

Starting his reggae production career in 2006, Thomas Blanchot (aka Mato) has released music through various projects on EDR Records, Big Singles or Makasound ... In the meantime he developed a real trademark, taking over classics French, Hip-Hop, or Pop song, into roots reggae-dub new versions. Besides, since 2010, Mato has built a solid reputation thanks to his hot remixes of Hip-Hop classics on Stix Records.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Coinciding with a brand new Stix, "Disco Reggae Vol. 4" compilation this week, main gee Mato lets loose with a sizzling hot double header of slow dance disco-reggae pressure. *Will also kill your next Summer's garden party / smoke house BBQ.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Summer Madness
B1. Use Me


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