Thursday, November 1, 2012

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad - In These Times

Recently found this Reggae quintet on my email, and I'm pleased. Halfway into the stream I wasn't sure what to make of the album. A little cheesy sometimes, but always talented.

Today's track show's a bit of their Dub side, which is great to fall into. It's got good lyrics if you pay enough attention, and the bass works well with all the other instruments to make the track some of their best (in my opinion).

Give Next Best Explosion a listen.

That bass is instantly captivating, and the track even goes as far as incorporating a guitar solo in it. Wait for it, you'll be glad.

The rapped out melody also takes its place, if you don't pay attention it's just another instrument blending together to keep you relaxed. The whole song fits really well together.

Now you can get that track free (for the time being) right there on Soundcloud in .WAV format, or you could check out the whole album and help the rising stars out.
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It's not currently my favorite Reggae album, but as a lover of the genre I can say it stands out on several positive notes. The lyrics are clear, the musicianship is excellent, and most of the lyrics are really well written.

Where I start to lose passion for it is with a few sporadic cheesy tracks. A bit of an expected sound where you'd hope for another dash of originality.

This isn't to say they're not original, just that in my ears the album took a dip into cliche Reggae vibes a couple of times. But don't take my word for it, if you liked today's track give the album a listen yourself on their Soundcloud. You might like it even more than I did.


  1. I love Reggae man and this helps further that love, this song is my jam, damn I love how smooth this is! My brother's in my room right now and despite him being a guy who solely focuses on rap music he likes it too! I swear it reminds me a little of Madness, at least from the vocals and the vibes I get off.

  2. Ooooooh! There wasn't anything about that I didn't love!

  3. Musically they sound great. Excellent even. But I'm not so much a fan of the American accent, it just doesn't sound right to me.

    1. Yeah, I get that. That's something I got over way back when I started getting into Michael Franti and Spearhead.

    2. Franti has a really cool commanding voice though...

  4. You know I'm a fan of all things trad and Reggae is up on the list. This isn't bad for an easy listen when you're chilling on a Sunday. I don't have problems with songs that are over 3 minute 5 either, but this one takes too long to get to the little change up in the mid section. Had you not mentioned the guitar solo, I probably would have clicked the song off because it's not got enough texture to go more than 3 minute 5.

    Long comment, I know. But it's me so what ya gonna do?

    1. No no, it's a well formed opinion and that's appreciated. I can't argue it, it's just not easy for anyone to follow it through.

  5. It's fairly mellow and the lyrics are alright but I wouldn't give it more than a listen or two.

  6. This sounds like background Reggae music to me. In other words, something I'd have playing in the background of a party, but probably not something I'd listen to on a regular basis. I will say though that they have a killer name.


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