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The Lions

Jungle Struttin'

(Ubiquity; US: 19 Feb 2008; UK: 18 Feb 2008)

Do you like liquid reverberated, waka-waka reggae, but you’ve worn out your Bob Marley and Peter Tosh collection? Well, Los Angeles has cooked a little something up that may satisfy you for a spell, till you’re ready to head back to the Wailers. In the fall of 2006, members of Breakestra, Rhythm Roots All-Stars, Plant Life, Poetics, and many more gathered in a room full of ganja and good vibes and, some unquantifiable time after, the debut album Jungle Struttin’ appeared. Now, it’s hard to give complete credit to The Lions for creating a masterpiece, since most of the island riddims and Perry effects have more or less been appropriated from the vaults, but that kind of dusting off was essentially their intention. As I’ve read the press release, this is an honor to their influences, not necessarily an attempt to join the cannon as an essential example. They are not the Quantic Soul Orchestra. Taken as such, Jungle Struttin’ is a wonderful exploration of dub motifs dreaming of summer days and baseball bat blunts, and a welcome relief for scenesters from overplaying the Easy Star All-Stars’ seminal Dub Side Of The Moon. Add this to your mandatory chill play list and the sun will smile with you.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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