Tropidelic – “Heavy is the Head” Album Review
This review will discuss some of my thoughts and impressions on the new album “Heavy is the Head” by Tropidelic. This release on Law Records has a lot to offer like all of their previous albums so it is no a surprise it debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts. I promise I’ll leave a few of the surprises out for you to discover for yourself in true Tropidelic style.
Starting like a battle cry that continued from their previous album bellowing group harmonies get things going. This a cappella appetizer builds almost two minutes before introducing a full flavor bass line that completes this delicious opener. Almost immediately I’ve fallen prey to the Tropedilic tones and have jumped in line to see where this road is going to take us over the next 33 minutes.
This track features assertive vocals and horns over top a grungy distorted guitar which brings back some memories of my favorite Tom Dumont sounds from the earlier No Doubt records. The underlying tension of this track does a good job of carrying my feelings from Leviathon which are pushed into high gear around 2:00 in when the fast rap breakdown comes in and followed by one final chorus to finish with impact. This song lyrically reflects some of the bands socio-political views which is just one more layer to this group you can sink your teeth into as a conscious minded listener.
Highs And Lows
“Highs and Low” is a song where each element of this unique group of musicians shine. The slower tempo and warm vocals create a sunny Sunday mood that wipes away the tension we felt in “Hey Now”. Bright tones emerge from the horns section adding another element to this beach side banger. It will be the first song I send to any friends knowing it is a feel good song and pretty much anyone can connect with this type of music.
At this point in the album the pilots have turned off the seat belt signs and we’ve reached full cruising altitude. I really cant help but tap my feet to the poppy snare and get lost in the floating keyboard sounds.
Offer It Up
This song has the soulful backbone that adds a sense of community to the album. This will be the track if I were shooting a show, I would specifically watch for the best crowd respones. Waving hands, singing along, and sharing a smooch with your other half.
Funk, hip-hop, and rock fusion take over this musical baptism as they drop their signature style for another personal favorite track #8 “Church”. I can only imagine this track to come later in a live performance to really make the crowd bounce and get moving.
Frontman Matthew Roads stated, “The album title is a direct reflection of the sacrifices, struggle and pain endured en route to the top, or when you reach the top of whatever it is you’re after.” This makes a lot of sense when you look back at the last half hour and where they have taken us. We’ve gone on an eclectic ride of high energy funk, reggae, and hiphop. Much like a feature film, this album delivered on a lot of different levels of musical emotions and created a very addicting audio experience. I really enjoy the variety of talent presented by these musicians and Tropedilic’s “Heavy Is The Head” has been added to daily our rotation of top shelf tracks. I really look forward to seeing these tracks performed live on the next east coast tour.
Get your copy of the the latest album on iTunes and to see their current tour schedule and latest merch swing by – http://tropidelic.com/
Tatanka – “Love is Medicine” @ West End Trading Co.
Tatanka blessed Central Florida on their recent tour stop at the West End Trading Co. with an early performance of the new single “Love is Medicine”. We hope you enjoy this taste of their amazing live performance and light show.
Huge thanks to the guys for bringing their unique blend of reggae and electronic music all the way from Denver to show us East Coasters what Inland Reggae is all about!
Rootfire writer Dave Shiffman wrote a fantastic piece about this track breaking it down in their First Listen – Love is Medicine article. He dives much deeper into the sounds and lyrics which we highly recommend you give it a read to appreciate this track for all that it offers fans.
Stay tuned for more from Tatanka Dub content to hit the blog and make sure to purchase the new single “Love is Medicine” on iTunes. Shout outs to the Travi & Dustin of WeTheSeeds.com for making this all possible.
For current tour info and to stay up to date with Tatanka make sure to follow them on your favorite social media platform.
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Video/Photo by Scott Trippler
Kash’d Out – “Being Easy” ft. Howi Spangler
We are stoked to have been part of the film team on Kash’d Out’s music video for “Being Easy”. This was truly a coast to coast production with the help of Brendan Carolin who filmed all the west coast footage. Special thanks our friends at Lowlife Bikes, Law Records, and Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo. To see more music videos by Kash’d Out subscribe to their Youtube Channel and to catch them live swing by KashdOut.com.
“No Time For You”
Kash’d Out and their new label mates, Serenation got things heated up at Jannis Live. And there is something special about the Jannis crowd, they always seem to be a little louder and know every word to songs. Now add Florida’s finest on stage and your in for a good time! We are excited to share their performance of the track “No Time For You” off their latest release. To hear more of their music and see their current tour schedule cruise over to KashdOut.com.
We are very excited to be involved with WeTheSeeds.com and Fortunate Youth on this film project. As the WTS crew hit the road with the FY fellas and made stops in Colorado and Florida they were there to catch the action. We hope you enjoy our edit and this little glimpse of life on the road. ~ Shout-outs to RAW Rolling Papers, Travi Seeds, Ryan McCully, Katy Seymour and the FY Fam for making this project come to life.
The Elovaters w/ Savi Fernandez “Sunshine” (Live)
With so many exciting aspects to the Irie Vibes Music Festival 2017 it’s difficult to say what was our favorite moment. But we can all agree seeing artists do surprise collaborations are once in a lifetime performances concert junkies live for.
The Elovaters are a top shelf reggae rock group hailing from Boston, Ma and in true festival spirit invited central florida’s most exciting improv guitarist, Savi Fernandez, on stage. Check out some of his east coast flavor mixed in with the guys performing the track “SUNSHINE”.
The Elovaters – http://elovaters.com
Savi Fernandez Band – https://www.facebook.com/savifernandezband
Irie Vibes Music Festival – http://irievibesfest.com
Check out the latest video release from the guys in Kash’d Out titled “I’m Gone”. This is the fourth track to come to life on screen off their new record “The Hook Up” on LAW Records (Buy Now on ITUNES). This video highlights their life on the road performing for fans across the country along with some behind the scenes fun. We couldn’t be more stoked to have some of our clips from their performance at The Orlando Social featured for their hometown tour stop.
Don’t forget to check out their youtube channel for more videos!
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We had the pleasure of filming the RAW Rolling Paper pilot episode for the new Artist Sessions. And what better way to kick things off than with the Kash’d Out crowd favorite track “Yes, I” .
Make sure to follow Kash’d Out and share this tune with a friend! We look forward to the next session with We The Seeds Apparel and RAW Rolling Papers.
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We The Seeds Apparel : http://www.wetheseeds.com
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Melodic Dissent is a reggae band haling from Central Florida, featuring a unique approach to cover songs that keep the party going! This was our first time seeing the guys perform and we really enjoyed the strong vocals backed with reggae rock riffs that had everyone moving their feet. Of their performance I have to say their original song entitled “Music” was my absolute favorite and we hope you enjoy what we captured as much as we did.
Check out our playlists for more reggae rock performances and to keep up to date with Melodic Dissent follow them on social media.
Youtube : Melodic Dissent Channel
We had such a great time this year at the 11th annual Hurricane Party hosted by We The Seeds and West End Trading Company. With 5 stages and over 40+ bands spanning all genres we were in for a long day of filming performances and interviews. As festival goers made there way from stage to stage local vendors were on site with handmade crafts for sale along with band merchandise tents in the vendor village. And for those shopping for something tasty, food trucks and neighboring pubs offered delicious food and craft brews all day long. Did we mention there was a skateboard ramp and extreme wrestling also? It really was a great day for the entire family to enjoy right in the heart of downtown Sanford, Fl.
Our Masters of Ceremony for the day was none other than #SpaceCowboy – DJ Dizzle Phunk, who beat matched and blended music of all types and got the day off to a great start. Check out some of the highlights we captured below of him bringing the phunk!
DJ Dizzle Phunk
Between performances we joined the guys from We the Seeds in the Jam Tent to speak with the artists and get their take on this hometown festival. With some Hurricane Party veterans like The Supervillains, Abandon the Midwest, and Summerlong on the bill it was no surprise that local music community would come out in full force and it was very apparent with the positive energy amongst the crowd.
The Trees of Life
Abandon The Midwest
DizzlePhunk & B-True