John Brown’s Body has quickly become my favorite reggae band. Following a shakeup in recent years, these guys have become a powerhouse for complex, dubby, groovy reggae tunes. I had the good fortune to catch them live last year at the State Theater, and they were some of the best horn sections I’ve seen in awhile. This track is from their latest studio release, JBB In Dub. The bass line in this one almost becomes its own lead melody line, accented as always by some great horns. This song exemplifies the most straightforward and melodic of JBB, inviting you further into the more rhythmic, expansive, lighter and darker realms of their repertoire. It spans from the boppy beats of Make Your Move and The Gold Runnin’ Remix (Dubmatix), to the sparse, spacy dubbiness of Chased By Lions, to the intricate soundscapes of Zion Triad. Fodder for future posts!
The rest of this album is also quite good; try a free download of “Wellington.”