Toppa Top 10: The Best Caribbean Albums of 2014

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8. Kalbata and Mixmonster – Congo Beat the Drum

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Two Tel Aviv-based techno producers who share a love for King Tubby dub recorded this all-analog affair strictly using techniques utilized in Jamaica during the ’70s and early โ€˜80s. The result is a mesmorizing LP that captures that golden era of Jamaican music near perfectly with bass-laden dub, steamy roots reggae and fiery dancehall offerings from Echo Minott, Major Mackerel, Little John, and one of the very last recordings from the late Prince Jazzbo. The record’s genius, though, is how it still maintains a modern feel, never sounding like a rigorous imitation, despite its efforts to rehash the past. โ€”Saxon Baird