The Aggrolites – “S/T”

Album Reviews | May 9th, 2006

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Record Label: Hellcat Records
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I never heard of the Aggrolites before but I dig their sound a lot. My first initial reaction to their opening song was it sounded like 70’s porn music, well until they started to sing. The song was very funky, but what do you expect with an opening song called “Funky Fire.” The band has an old skinhead reggae/rocksteady sound, as well as some funk & soul. You get more of a sense of what the band is about once you get to the second track. It’s a mixture of Toots & The Maytals and the Slackers. As I listen to this, I can’t believe this band is from California and not from Jamaica. The music also sounds like something Sir Coxsone Dodd produced out of Studio One back in the 60’s.

The band came together about 4 years ago to record new music with Derrick Morgan. The members are from various ska & reggae bands, and they are all about having a good time it seems. The music of the Aggrolites makes you want to get up and dance around, especially in this hot New York weather we been having lately. I prefer the stuff with singing on it because it sounds better and I dig the soul. Their instrumentals make me think of one reggae artist, and that’s Jackie Mitto. You can clearly tell that’s one of their influences. I enjoyed this album a lot and hope to hear the band play these songs live soon. Pick this up if you haven’t bought this album already. It’s Reggae-licious!!

Bottom Line: If you like the Maytals, Jackie Mitto, The Slackers and the Adjusters; you’ll dig the Aggrolites!
Notable Tracks: Mr Misery, Countryman Fiddle, Heavier Than Lead, Prisoner Song
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