Hit Me With Music
Sara Lugo
Oneness Records
October 9, 2014

Track list
  1. The One
  2. Really Like You feat. Protoje
  3. Hit Me With Music
  4. Black & White
  5. Soldiers Of Love
  6. I Wish
  7. Play With Fire
  8. Learn & Grow feat. Ras Muhamad
  9. Never Ever
  10. Love The Children
  11. More Love
  12. High & Windy feat. Kabaka Pyramid
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Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
Sara Lugo is a young Munich-based singer and songwriter of German and Puerto Rican descent. She started at a very young age (15 years) providing backing vocals for producer Umberto Echo. She has worked with almost everyone in the local Munich reggae community and in 2009 she released her self-titled debut EP. Her songs for several labels drew considerable attention in the reggae scene, and when her debut set "What About Love" dropped in 2011 she received rave reviews and it portrayed the young songstress as an individual artist exploring severeal musical genres. Now she comes up with the follow up to her debut set. Several producers have contributed to this album and almost all tracks were co-produced and partly recorded by Sara herself. Guest musicians include Jamaican top names such as Dean Fraser (horns), Donald Dennis (bas), Melbourne Miller (drums), Paul Dennis (keys) and the cream of the crop of the German reggae scene.

The album opens in uptempo ska-style with "The One", a melodic positive tune about a love that brings Sara "joy" and makes her "sing". On the second track she teams up with Protoje. The result is "Really Like You", a catchy lovers tune that definitely has strong cross-over potential. "Hit Me With Music" sees her in a kind of jazzy/soul mood, reminding us of the great Sadé, interesting tune! We return to the reggae mood with "Black & White" but that changes drastically with the following tunes. "Soldiers Of Love" and "I Wish" are aimed at the pop market, and the result isn't our cup of tea. Fast forward to "Play With Fire" a reggae tune that warns us the be careful because when you "play with fire you will get burned".

Her collaboration with Ras Muhamad - "Learn & Grow" - is one of our favourite tunes here. The combination works really well, because of his powerful and commanding vocal input contrasting fine with her fragile vocal delivery. The semi-acoustic tune "Never Ever" isn't a reggae tune, but it showcases Sara's vocal abilities in an appropriate way. "Love The Children" is a decent reggae piece with some nice strong horns riffs and "More Love" is a smooth love tune with Dean Fraser doing an excellent job on the saxophone. The Paragons scored a major hit with "Riding High On A Windy Day" in 1967, a melancholic tune about heartache and the attempt to escape from it. Sara Lugo does a nice alternative revamp - "High & Windy" - of the tune on the "Reggaeville" riddim together with Keron "Kabaka Pyramid" Salmon, the multi-talented artist and producer coming straight from the streets of Kingston. That tune was a hit in 2012.

Strong album from Sara!