27/02/2019: “African Ting” by Toyan

I suppose it is possible for people to dislike a song like this. I can’t think of a single reason why, but it’s always possible. Some people only like very specific types of music.

Anyway, I love it, and I think it’s one of the best reggae songs of all time. I’ve exulted Toyan’s flow on here before, but it’s worth just re-iterating that he possesses a special kind of lazy flow, perfect for a sun and rum soaked riddim like this.

And what a riddim this is! It’s a hot take on the Jacqueline Riddim, produced here by Volcano records’ legendary Henry “Junjo” Lawes.

The bassline is laidback but powerful, with the drums following suit. The hi-hats have a pleasing little shuffling shake to them as well. The main instrumentation of the riddim only appears sporadically, keeping the focus on the bass, drums, and vocals.

The song was released in 1981 on the album How The West Was Won.


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