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Tomorrow People - Album Review: 21

02 Jan 2022 // A review by Andrew Smit

Tomorrow People have produced a wonderful assemblage of uplifting reggae tunes that are performed and sung with heart and purpose. All 16 tracks are packed with brilliant harmonies that are propelled along by the glorious uplifting off beat rhythmic delight that reggae music delivers so well.

Late in 2020 the band made the unique decision to commit to releasing a new song on the 1st Friday of every month and this collection aptly called 21 is the collection of these 11 'First Friday' songs which were released in 2021, along with three new songs, and two reworked songs sung in Te Reo Maori.

Each track stays to a formula of easy on the ear uplifting rhythmic style and groove, coupled with smooth tunes and melodious singing, which all adds up to you feeling good, such is the mood enhancing power that these tunes have. The instrumentation on each song is charmingly full of classic reggae offbeat keys bouncing along perfectly to vibrant percussion and bass. Many tracks have cool piano, guitar and brass offering extra colour and countenance.

Due to the many varied vocal offerings we are spoilt with joyous solo or choral performances of female and male ensembles, which are always harmoniously perfect and delivered with a pleasant flowing melodic structure that combines splendidly with the laid back musical instrumentation.

Songs like Just a Little Bit, Vows and Da Da Da Da Da are a celebration with its festive strains and brass segments creating a positive party vibe. There is a real nostalgic throwback to the 60’s soul like sound with the harmonies and melody in songs like Don’t Worry Baby and Give It To Me which is a cool mix of reggae and soul that works very well. See You One Day begins like a hymn with its sweet piano intro and vocal tones, but once the reggae rhythm kicks in the mood changes, and It’s all good.

The songs in Te Reo are beautiful and so expressive, especially Just a Little Bit / Oku Ra with its harmonies and dynamic musical quality. I love the classic style of Lose Track of Time, which also works beautifully as a bonus track sung in Te Reo Maori, Rere Te Wa

Listening and experiencing the uplifting vibe of Tomorrow People’s 21 is highly recommended for today and tomorrow people.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Tomorrow People

Out of the 100+ reggae bands currently active in NZ, not one of them has moved up the ranks faster than Wellington band Tomorrow People. From their humble garage to an award winning debut album, the band has gone from strength to strength and showing no signs of slowing down.

A studio project turned live stage show, the 7-piece band are purveyors of what they describe as ‘sunshine reggae’. Focused on providing a mid-tempo sound that, while clearly reggae-centric, adds touches of dancehall ragga to its colour. It is a sound built around strong vocals, soothing harmonies, catchy hooks, aggressive ragga raps, and feel good riddims (rhythms).

Together, the members of mixed descent (NZ/Maori/Pacific Island) have decades of experience in the music industry, citing previous careers in hip-hop, R&B, gospel, funk and soul. Taking their name from a Ziggy Marley song, Tomorrow People live up to the futuristic allusions it casts, having built their fan base via social media (www.facebook.com/tomorrow.ppl) and demo tracks uploaded to YouTube. While they gather their musical influences from Jamaican and Hawaiian artists alike, once combined with their roots in NZ music, they bring a sound that is clean, laid-back and easy on the eardrums.

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Releases

21
Year: 2021
Type: Album
BBQ Reggae
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Lock Me Up
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Bass & Bassinets
Year: 2015
Type: Album
One.5
Year: 2013
Type: EP
One
Year: 2012
Type: Album

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