Band Mangoseed release Lucy on March 18th. The track is being reviewed by our own Suhail but before the review, this is a taste of the song right from Soundcloud.
What a very nice track! Lucy by Mangoseed is quite an industrious tune and is part of that indie rock reggae genre that is around. It remains a genre that is slightly hidden away in the music industry and a style that is mainly being exported from the USA via those very nice people at AfroPunk. This is the very reason why it’s really nice to hear a British band like Mangoseed bring forward their musical ideas and play a really good tune!
With this type of sound, the band would hold down well at a live gig and festivals context for that indie crossover audience. It is definitely worth a listen, and I definitely would go and watch them perform live as the sound creates a very strong and really good energy that has many good musical attributes!
The music is well orchestrated as well and the production creates a really nice overall flow in the tracks’ recorded composition. I definitely would play the track at a live DJ gig, especially if it were available on vinyl record and the mood caught me to play a brasher type tune and get the crowd jumping!
The vocals slightly remind me of Damien Marley’s: but there is no doubt that Mangoseed’s lead singer has his own take on how he’s approaching his singing and what influences him. It would be good to hear more of his own vocal identity in a stronger way, and I would be very interested in following his vocal journey and where it takes him in the future.
The lyrics will certainly have the listeners wondering, like they did me! For example, are the “Lucy” references from ‘Lucy and The Sky of Diamonds’ by the Beatles, or has the songwriter their own story about a Lucy they know? Hopefully all will be revealed soon! Am looking forward to the release of their new video for the track, maybe we will find out some more about the story of Lucy and if they dare, push on to perform Lucy live at Afropunk Paris in a few months time*!
A candid celebration of the turbulent journey from lust at first sight to full-blown addiction to love, ‘Lucy’ is a blast of voluptuous urban-jungle skank layered with powerhouse drumming, sub-bass sonics and ambient electric guitar. Mixing rock’n’roll grit and heavyweight dancehall rhythms, ‘Lucy’ is steered from its contemplative melodic verses to the pumping electro-groove of its chorus by the vehement vocals of frontman Nicholai, who declares “Lucy give me everything I could want in the world” as the South London four-piece perform at their energetic, eclectic and electrifying best.
Hailing from the cultural and creative melting pot that is England’s capital city, Mangoseed comprise four musicians of Trinidadian, Jamaican, Australian and Irish descent. Perhaps no surprise, then, that this multinational troupe produce an enthralling fusion of global sounds, mashing up ska and soca, jungle and funk, rock and punk, all of it high-energy and unfailingly danceable. Originally formed by vocalist Nicholai La Barrie and guitarist Karlos Coleman, Mangoseed became a fully functioning act via the additions of Richard Hardy on bass and Sam Campbell on drums, configuring a pulsating punky-reggae repertoire that was captured on their self-released 2014 album, ‘Basquiat’, which earned impossible-to-really-nail-down comparisons ranging from Bad Brains to Massive Attack. What’s not up for debate, though, is the thrilling energy of Mangoseed’s live performances, as demonstrated by the band shining on bills alongside Alabama Three and Manu Chao, in addition to regularly delighting a loyal fanbase around and beyond their Brixton homes. The new year comes as the group have a slew of fresh material to release – starting with the delicious ‘Lucy’ – tracks that are sure to form the bedrock of Mangoseed’s growth into a mighty musical force.
See Mangoseed live – Next show: Saturday 19th March: The Finsbury, official ‘Lucy’ release show. For more see…
See more on Afropunk and a Call for Bands at: http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/afropunk-paris-att-bands-win-a-chance-to-play-our-2016-festival