The Black Seeds

Dust And Dirt

Proville Records • 2012

Maybe The Black Seeds were inspired by Punk, maybe by HipHop; either way, they’re now going for the »do it yourself«-approach. Don’t worry, the music is still the same, but due to their new studio, producing and recording is now completely up to them. Even releases are now done via their new and very own label Proville Records. The Black Seeds wanted to decide themselves where to go, and after their last album »Solid Ground«, that decision took them four years to make. According to the band, it was especially their search for new sounds and techniques which took most of the time. What the curious New Zealanders came up with is an experimental mix between Funk, Rock and Disco, which they skillfully inserted into their well-known Raggea-sound. Hence, The Black Seed’s music is just as suitable for the headphones as it is for a live stage. On their new album, »Dust And Dirt« – which might sound a bit dirty but in no way dusty – it seems categorizations into certain genres has finally become obsolete. That’s best proven by »Loose Cartilage«, consisting of Dancehall-Soul and Rockabilly-Reggae. Swaying Raggae (»Love Me Now«) meets pressingly groovy Disco-Dub (»Don‘t Turn Around«) or Funk-Dub (»Wide Open«). Actually, every song on the record is its very own mix of styles and genres and the broad spectrum of instruments is used and played incredibly well. Artistically and soundwise, The Black Seeds have arrived at their own door. They play new music in such a serene manner that it gets all the more exciting for the listeners.