Chronology SOUL CIRCLE. CD/DL/LP
Much anticipated album debut from reggae revival’s leading light. During the past five years, Chronixx has risen from the Jamaican underground to gain a coveted status in contemporary reggae, after an early Major Lazer mixtape sparked logistical support from Chris Blackwell and raised his profile. He’s grown stronger with every new release and displayed a confidence beyond his years on festival stages; as such, this debut long-player has been greatly anticipated, and does not disappoint. Skating an agreeably fine line between conscious dancehall and complex nu-roots, Chronixx delivers 15 deeply personal explorations of Jamaica and the challenges it faces. Hits like Smile Jamaica and Spanish Town Rocking have been out for some considerable time, yet still sound fresh; Country Boy and Ghetto Paradise decry the deceptive allure of the city, and Black Is Beautiful and Selassie Children are uplifting declarations of Rastafari independence. Mr Chronixx, your future looks bright.