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12. Pentateuch Movement, “Punchinella”


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Pentateuch Movement have developed a rep in Jamaica and overseas on the strength of their live show but, up until now, the group hasn’t had a proper hit to carry them onto the airwaves and into selectors’ sets. That should (and appears to) be changing with “Punchinella,” a dubwise throwback to early ‘80s Sly and Robbie/Black Uhuru. No surprise that it’s executive produced by Protoje and his Indiggnation Collective, who dusted off this sound on 2013’s The Eight Year Affair. Still, Pentateuch make it their own on this tune about a lovelorn fella who can’t find his “Punchinella.”  — Jesse Serwer

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