Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Sunrockers EP
Sunrockers
Sunrockers
Digital Release
April 7, 2012

Track list
  1. Organize
  2. Burn
  3. Holy Land
  4. Mr Farmer
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2/3
The winner of the Benelux Reggae Contest 2012, Sunrockers from Brussels, Belgium, are about to release their first full length album, and with this digitally released 4-track EP they already give a foretaste of the kinda music that will be included on their debut set. But let us first introduce you to Sunrockers, before we are going the review the four songs of this EP.

The core members of Sunrockers met in 2000, while playing in a collective named "Black Mystic Erotic", which was based on improvisation with 20 Belgian artists with a multiple musical background. Four of them shared a passion for reggae music, especially the classic three-vocal harmonies, which was often used by Jamaican roots groups from the '60s and '70s like The Abyssinians, The Congos, The Gladiators, and Mighty Diamonds. From the very first beginnings, Sunrockers' music never stopped evolving and was also influenced by various other experiences that these guys have come across in their musical careers, but always with a pure roots reggae base.

Anyone who likes Groundation, The Abyssinians, the Wackies sound, to name only three examples of musical references that spring to mind when listening to this EP, will be delighted to hear the Sunrockers play well structured roots reggae songs. Their music, of course, is strongly inspired by the roots era of Jamaica's popular music, but Sunrockers definitely has its own unique approach, which is influenced by their jazz background. The first track, "Organize", immediately captures your attention with the exceptional close-harmony singing of guitarist Matthias Hélin, bass player Alex Gilain, and keyboard player Pascal Paulus, and the beautiful horns that add a special flavor to the live played original riddim track. Great tune! The same can be said of the outstanding "Burn", in which Matthias Hélin comes to the fore with a falsetto reminiscent of The Congos' vocalist Cedric Myton. Sunrockers maintain the high quality level in the spiritual "Holy Land", a very strong tune that creates huge vibes. And then it's already time for the last track of this EP, the excellent "Mr Farmer". The latter is not the 'dime a dozen' herbs tune, but one that comes with original lyrics across a mesmerizing riddim, which slowly but steadily builds up the vibes.

In recent years Belgium has proven to be fertile ground for quality roots reggae music with Pura Vida and Collieman being the ones that have made a serious impression with their album releases and live performances. And now there's Sunrockers, another worthwhile exponent of the Belgian reggae scene. Already looking forward to hear the debut album of this unique band.