The Black Seeds: On The Sun
By Jessie Scoullar
Following their acclaimed debut 'Keep On Pushing' and master stroke remix album 'Pushed', Wellington seven-piece the Black Seeds present 'On The Sun', a strong collection of low-slung dub treats. Large exposure has left first single Fire a little worn, but in spite of this, it's still as funky as hell. Turn It Around is the standout vocal track, featuring a flashy piano hook complementing Barnaby Weir's smooth singing. The reggae flavour of the Seeds' live act takes pole position throughout; tracks like Sort It Out - catchphrase for a generation of couch potatoes - and You Get Me conjure pictures of dreadlocks flying amidst a haze of smoke. At times lyrically bland, but always vocally strong, these tracks are not the anthems of the Seeds' debut. However what they lack in smarts they make up in sheer funk, and this really comes out in the instrumentals. Opener Tuk Tuk and Shazzy Dub are noteworthy, and Senegal Champions of Africa features an engaging uplifting progression. And it wouldn't be a Wellington album without guest artists featuring on almost every track. On Capitol Music.