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Kotch

  • Kotch [Mango, 1990] B+

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Kotch [Mango, 1990]
They say this self-contained Jamaican sextet returns reggae to harmony-group truths, but with Rueben Espuet's falsetto teasing the cover versions till they giggle and Sly & Robbie exploding those beats, their traditionalism sounds pretty pomo to me. Material includes Sarah Vaughan's "Broken Hearted Melody," three Smokey Robinson songs (one credited to "Unknown"), and a twisted six-minute "Tequila" bent further out of shape by samples from "Pump Up the Volume" and The Marriage of Figaro. B+