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Incline & Favela Family is: crazy guitars, deep bass lines, drums that abuse the tempo, percussion-fueled noisemaking, sweetness of trombones and trumpets, jazz-thumping piano and Incline's lovely, metallic voice. Listening to this first album "My People", you're going to feel the frustration of wanting more. But don't worry, Incline & Favela Family will Favelizar your ears and possess your hearts.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (34:07) !
Related styles: Reggae: Pop-Reggae, Mood: Upbeat

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Incline is from Jamaica, with a classic reggae voice, clear as a bell, and a boundless spirit. DrO is from Brazil, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire. Together they are Incline and Favela Family and they are creating a grooving fusion of the coolest sounds, with a vibe you can depend on.

The first track, My People sets the tone for the album. It's not a reggae song, but with Incline's uplifting vocal, and DrO's percussion you will feel as if you might be listening to a lost track from The Harder They Come. Second up is Reach Out, featuring an inspiring rap from Bobby Fray, Incline keeping the mood going with an upbeat reggae rhythm, electric piano by Yusaku Yoshimura (MASSPYKE-GHETTO PEOPLE BAND), and bass work from Nate 'Dog' Edgar (JOHN BROWN'S BODY).

Johnny is a standout. The feel-good chorus captures the dedication of these musicians to their art, for the sheer love of it: "Keep on doing what you're doing, Johnny / It's not all about fame and money / Living the passion of your dream because you love it / You gonna be alright". On guitar, master sound engineer and producer, Will Holland; on drums, Nathan Sabanayagam (CHINNA SMITH, KING'S HIGHWAY); and the wonderful Sara Brindell on backing vocals.

Ain't No Sunshine is a cover of the classic Bill Withers song, with Inigo Rizo Pathon from DELTA WAVE on piano and keys, making everyone's soul shake. What follows is another highlight, Smoke Me Up, an exuberant funky paean to getting stoned. Here, we've got Nathan Sabanayagam again on drums, and keyboardist Zack Brines, from Boston old-school reggae band, PRESSURE COOKER. The funk now transitions seamlessly to the blues/rock of Rebel, kicking off with a pitch-perfect guitar intro from Kevin Irlen. and held down by the fever-hot drumming of Drummie Zeb of the original BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS (plus ISRAEL VIBRATION, EEK A MOUSE, a reggae tribute to BOB DYLAN, GREGORY ISAACS, THE RAZOR POSSE, KENNY CHESNEY, and so many others...).

Sunny, a cover of Bobby Hebbs' 1966 hit, is a triumph. The horns, performed by Jeevas, trombone player with one of Brazil's most famous bands, SKANK, and the bossa nova rhythm put down by Drummie Zeb -- instantly transport the listener to the 60's without at all attempting to mimic the original.

Finally we have Fast Lane, a true reggae song. At this point, you realize that most of what's come before hasn't been reggae, but nevertheless all shares that unmistakably soulful sound. The instrumentals, Talk to Me -- featuring on guitar, Alex Gonzales from DELTA WAVE; and Favelize-se (roughly translated as "mix your soul") -- featuring Kevin Irlen and Jeevas on guitar and trombone; serve to further showcase Incline and DrO's knack for working with a multitude of different musicians to lay down consistently tight, soulful tracks.

The vibe of My People is spreading rapidly around the world, spinning out from its roots in Jamaica, Brazil, and chilly Cape Cod. Now, with the release of this album stateside (mixed by Will Holland, DrO and Incline, and mastered by Eric Welsh of CHILLHOUSE STUDIOS), we can all join the extended Incline and Favela Family and groove to these inspired new sounds!


Janis Liepins (WJAK)

President's Day, 2010


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