Inna Lovers Quarrel EP
The Frightnrs
Mad Decent
Digital Release
Januari 10, 2016

Track list
  1. Argumental
  2. Sharon
  3. Make Up Your Mind
  4. Which Way
  5. Admiration
  6. Admiration (Cadenza & Toddla T Remix)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
In Jamaica artists and bands currently revive the sounds of way back, which has proven to appeal to the reggae massive worldwide. In other parts of the world there has been interest in reviving cherished Jamaican sounds from the past since the first half of the new millennium. When it comes to Europe, prime examples are the works from well respected Roberto Sanchez from Lone Ark Productions outta Spain and Belgium's Bregt Puraman from Pura Vida. Also the US have a few bands that hark back to Jamaica's golden sounds of the '60s and '70s like for example 10Ft Ganja Plant, and The Aggrolites, who modeled their sound on stars of the '60s.

A couple of months ago, in the summer of 2015, NY's new rocksteady dons from Queens named The Frightnrs, saw the release of their killer EP entitled "Inna Lovers Quarrel" on Diplo's Mad Decent label. The four-piece ensemble, consisting of Dan Klein (vocals, guitar), Chuck Patel (organ, piano), Preet Patel (bass, guitar, vocals) and Rich Terrana (drums, vocals, percussion), broke through with a soaring cover of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" from 1968, which was released by NY's renowned Daptone Records in June 2015 as a vinyl-only single. The single was produced by longtime producer/musician Victor "Ticklah" Axelrod, a founding member of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, and the Easy Star All-Stars who were involved in the creation of the "Dub Side Of The Moon" album. Ticklah also took the Frightnrs under his wings for the recordings of their debut EP "Inna Lovers Quarrel".

When we first played this 6-track EP we were blown away!! We couldn't believe our ears... what a great EP and what an awesome listening experience, provided by a band that has never been to Jamaica and is formed by members of which no one is a trained musician!! The Frightners combine cool Jamaican Rock Steady vibes with the raw energy and vocal stylings of the '80s Rub A Dub sound. Besides that they've also added a touch of punk rock spirit, in order to create an entirely unique sound. The groovin' instrumental "Argumental", with the organ as lead instrument, gets you in a good mood, before the fantastic lovers lament "Sharon" takes over. Big, big tune!! Also the more polished sounding "Make Up Your Mind" with its delightful vocal harmonies is truly a joy to hear over and over again. "Which Way", with a falsetto vocal reminiscent of Junior Murvin (of "Police & Thieves" fame) and again great harmony singing, takes you back to Jamaica's popular music of the early '70s. A standout effort that gives you goosebumps every time it comes out of your speakers. Also the haunting "Admiration", which could be part of a soundtrack for a movie, makes a serious impression. The inclusion of a jungle/dub remix of "Admiration" by English producers Cadenza and Toddla T is nice, but could have been left out.

Without any doubt, our discovery of the year 2015!!