Thanks For Life EP
Alex Bass & The Same Song Band
Musical Shocker
Digital Release
April 10, 2016

Track list
  1. Thanks For Life
  2. Come To Di Dance
  3. Pon Di Top
  4. Dis A Fi Dem
  5. Thanks For Dub feat. Chalart58
  6. Come To Di Dub feat. Chalart58
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
In the year 2015 some real good reggae music produced by artists from out of Barcelona, Spain, has attracted notable attention. First there was the roots reggae band Rampalion, who released their sophomore album "From The Kete Heart", and then towards the end of the year came Irie Souljah with his remarkable debut set "Immigrant", entirely recorded in Jamaica. And now there's Alex Bass, who - together with The Same Song Band, formed by Martin "Mato" Anderson (guitars), Kikinhio Zudaire (bass), Otger Ibars (keyboards) Josep Blanes (trombone), Bongoroll (percussion) and Roger Villanueva (drums) - presents his third EP entitled "Thanks For Life".

All riddims featured here are live played refreshing new versions of Jamaican classic reggae riddims. "Thanks For Life" is underpinned by a relick of Israel Vibrations' "The Same Song" (hence the band's name), while "Come To Di Dance" comes across an interpretation of Carlton & The Shoes' "Love Me Forever" riddim, which surprisingly incorporates the key chords from Slim Smith's "My Conversation". Shouldn't be too difficult for experienced riddim spotters to trace down the original riddims of the remaining tunes. Alex Bass not only is a singer with a nice appealing voice, he's also a toaster who delivers his lyrics in an old skool stylee. The singing alternated with toasting works very well and adds something extra to his tunes. All tracks, including the dub versions, are solid efforts with in particular "Thanks For Life" and "Dis A Fi Dem" being the highlights.

Alex Bass' "Thanks For Life EP" reflects a new step in the career of this young and talented artist, who is truly worth checking out.

NOTE: The "Thanks For Life EP" was followed by "Harder" on Dub Akom's "Heartwarming" riddim, the first single from the Barcelona artist with an international production.