Manila Jeepney
Sixth Street / Rock The Rhythm
7" single
August 16, 2011

Artist & tune

  • Machaco - Yumenonakani / So Into You
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Lovers Rock, a UK-based reggae genre that emerged in mid-1970s and peaked during the 1980s, combined the smooth soul sounds of Chicago and Philadelphia with reggae basslines and riddims. Perhaps the only country in the world that also had -- and still has -- a large fan base for this genre was Japan. So, it's not a real surprise that Machaco, a female reggae artist from Japan, has embraced the Lovers Rock genre of the UK. Her very first recording with Brooklyn-based Manila Jeepney named "So Into You", featured on the AA-side of this 7" single, was included on the label's sampler "Reggae For Humanity Vol. 2", which brought her name to the attention of an international audience. The song comes across a relick of Janet Kay's classic "Rock The Rhythm", done by Russ D & The Disciples Rhythm Section. The latter are also responsible for the riddim that underpins "Yumenonakani", a remake of the riddim all Lovers Rock fans know from Louisa Mark's "Six Street". Both songs are partly sung in Japanese and English, which makes it questionable if the single will be very successful outside Japan. However, when listening to these two efforts it's obvious that Machaco is a major talent, who might become the undisputed Queen of Lovers Rock from Japan.