(Alacran) UK release date: March 12, 2021
Mid-20th century black music occupies an interesting cultural space: while it was disregarded by the white-dominated rock scene internationally, it is now much better at creating a nostalgic, homely atmosphere than any other Beatles or Rolling Stones Melody.
Genres like Motown, Funk and Reggae also fit better with the current music scene, as a band likes Greta Van fleet are mocked as posers, Portugal. The man‘s Feel It Still can skyrocket the charts as if the musical styles of The Marvelettes never gone out of style.
Enter Tiggs Da Author, whose debut album explores this story for both protest songs and audio comfort food. Hands Up is a lighthearted tale of infidelity The Isley Brothers“This lady, while we are not afraid, fits in with a rootsy, uptempo beat and bass ostinato with lyrics that rail against the system I don’t want us to seem so wise / I don’t understand”).
Brand New is a groovy uptown funk style tune that features charismatic performances and occasional glimpses of sunny piano, but no other song fuses old and new as effectively as Suitcase Of Sins. When the song reaches its two-thirds mark, Tiggs erupts into a fiery stream of malice and resentment. The instrumentation builds up like a pop trap drop is just around the corner. When this momentum dissolves again into a reconciliation through the gospel, the conflict between vice and virtue expresses itself on several levels and forms a powerful climax of the album.
Aside from the ill-advised recording of Fly Em ‘High, which is presumably intended as a bonus track, Blame It On The Youts is a strong collection from an artist with a lot of potential.