Carnnibal – “The Leftfield Dancehall Experience”

Image via Carnnibal
Image via Carnnibal

Out today is an intriguing collection of electronic flavored dancehall cuts from Jamaica’s Carnnibal, via Latino Resiste. The nine-cut mini-LP is very much on the minimal tip when it comes to production techniques, but it feels like a genuinely strong impulse of Jamaican inspired bass music.  This impulse, in general, has been steadily growing in popularity over the last 10 years or so from Modeselektor, Eight Frozen Modules, and the like leading the early charge to the borderline worldwide superstars of today, Major Lazer.  Needless to say, riddims such as these are on the upswing in recognition is a very fair assessment.

As Carnnibal himself describes it, “Dis album is a whole experience, one needs to listen from tune one to end. No singles. Let’s go back to di whole album.”  So I did.  It’s cohesive.  Lot’s of cool things about it and it’s definitely apparent that acts that are bigger in stature and focus solely on singles could use an injection of Carnnibal’s minimal bass approach.  Or at the very least less cheese and a dedication to more ethnic roots driven realness.  Additionally, this album is being used a fund raiser for the label as a whole. A $5 donation gets you the whole package and the piece of mind you knowingly donated to helping push upcoming releases from DAD favorites, Happy Colors and JSTJR.