Sex, Love & Reggae

Sex, Love & Reggae

by Gyptian


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Sex, Love & Reggae

With his 2010 album Hold You and its hit title track, Gyptian became reggae music's unofficial ambassador to the world. Add a Nicki Minaj-featuring remix or dubstepping, bass-dropping mixes from the likes of Diplo and Toddla T, and the singer became the genre's Wayne Gretzky, its David Beckham, or its Tiger Woods; a figure who could bring in a new audience like Marley, Tosh, Shaggy, and Sean Paul had done before. The most interesting bit has to be that unlike Marley and Tosh, Gyptian's music has skillfully shifted with his success, as the slick Sex Love & Reggae suggests sufferer's songs are now in his rearview mirror (check previous hits "Serious Times" or "Mama" for some Rasta-approved new roots music), while the future looks like bling and bottle service. Not entirely though, as "One More Time" with Melanie Fiona is a lovers rock throwback, "Majestic Lady" with Estelle is like a sequel to his hit "Beautiful Lady," and the cover of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" is sweet, sane, and sincere enough for highlight status, but the intro to the album is titled "G Spot," and it's a bombastic intro of epic proportions. It's a suitable one, too, as big-time pop-reggae like "Be Alright" pushes Gyptian into Wyclef territory, while the stomping dancehall tech of "I'm So" is like G-Unit moved to JA, and yet Gyptian commands the cut, sternly and thoroughly. Even when Diplo returns on the title track with an electro beat and his Major Lazer crew, Gyptian and Bunji Garlin tip the scales toward fast and furious reggae. As a nod to the singer's island neighbors, "Wet Fete" cares little for what U.S. and European Union tastes prefer, catering instead to the Trinidadian people with some Kes the Band-featuring Soca. In other words, excitement abounds on this varied effort and the execution is on point, but reggae fans who have their taste set on "purist" might think there's too much booty talk and big pimpin'. There is plenty, and there's a tad too much music, too, as 17 mostly hedonistic numbers make this a long haul party, but Sex, Love & Reggae generally wins with its "get it while you can" attitude, so consider it Gyptian's worthy weekend album.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645193528
catalogNumber: 1935
Rank: 174865

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gyptian   Primary Artist
Paul Pesco   Guitar
Winston Bowen   Guitar
Dean Fraser   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Dwight Richards   Trumpet
Nambo Robinson   Trombone
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Bass,Guitar
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
Kirk Bennett   Drums
Harold O'Neal   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Denise Weeks   Background Vocals
Obed Calvaire   Drums
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocoder
Aeion Hoilett   Bass
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory   Guitar
Andrew Marsh   Keyboards
Kevon Webster   Keyboards
Christopher Smith   Background Vocals
Sherida Sharpe   Background Vocals
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin   Keyboards
Ray Angry   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Mark "Lace" Gibbs   Guitar
Robert Dubwise   Guitar
Clarence Leggett   Background Vocals
Alberto Cruz   Background Vocals
Elizabeth "Gg" Lizay   Background Vocals
Brandyn Porter   Guitar
Alberto Cruz   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dean Fraser   Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Kirk Bennett   Additional Music
Angela Hunte   Composer
Neil "Diamond" Edwards   Composer,Executive Producer
Andrew Grey   Art Direction
Sergio "Sergical" Tsai   Engineer
Max "Mad Max" Castor   Engineer
Stephen "Supahype" Davis   Engineer
Arden "Keyz" Altino   Producer,Additional Production
Teflon   Producer
Aeion Hoilett   Additional Music
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory   Composer,Additional Music
Stanley "Rellee" Hayden   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Linton "T.J" White   Composer,Producer
Major Lazer   Producer
Tarik Johnston   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Kevon Webster   Additional Music
Romel Marshall   Engineer
GTA   Producer
Ray Angry   Composer
Shane C. Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Kees Dieffenthaller   Composer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer,drum programming
Andrew Myrie   Composer,Programming
Michael Prochilo   Engineer
Stephen Suckarie   Additional Music
Akene Dunkley   Composer,Producer
Justus Arison   Producer
Lance Powell   Engineer
Julio Mejia   Composer,drum programming
Randayne Jagan   Composer,Producer
Tiffany Mea   Publicity
Showmani "DJ Kitt" Hayles   Composer,Producer
Dennis "DC" Coronel   Composer,Producer,Additional Music
Alberto Cruz   Arranger,Composer,Engineer,Additional Music
Patchman   Producer,Engineer

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