Cruise International Records,
Allerton Grange Vale,
DX1 Wisdom of Roots 8 Track EP WAV 24-bit
With ‘Wisdom of Roots,’ Leeds based brothers Michael and Conrad Cruise have put together a collection of varied tracks underpinned by a classic reggae beat covering everything from the direct and literal song of praise and longing for the female object of his desires (‘Girl I Need Your Love’) to an altogether more abstract and suggestive urban soundscape (‘Urban Dub’).
Some material dates back to the 1990s while some is far more recent, and what’s particularly interesting is how sometimes the same basic tune can create various different moods and song types. For example, ‘Girl I Need Your Love’ is a vocal dominated love song while ‘Girl I Need your Dub’ and ‘Good Times Dub’ are both the same basic tune but certainly couldn’t be described as ‘just’ backing tracks – with subtle nuances and additions they become stand alone tracks in their own right.