Piece of the Pie

Piece of the Pie - 2013

Piece of the Pie’ is produced chiefly by Anthony Senior of Al.Ta.Fa.An. Records, who helmed Kelly’s Queen Ifrica combination Too Late, which appeared on ‘Red Pond’. The rhythms here are played mainly by the same musicians as worked on Pond; the Firehouse Crew, but with a less over-produced quality suited to Kelly’s gritty rockstone-deejay-meets-crooning-singer’s voice. The horns are smooth yet never saccharine, and although there could be extra bass in the mix, this is true of most reggae since people started playing music on their phones.
All the components of classic Junior Kelly are here. He is still the master of breaking into fast chat on a slow rhythm without it sounding strange. Lots of Herbs on a hip hop patterned sample of Ras Michael None of Jah Children picks up where How Better Ah Go Come (on Java) from ‘Red Pond’ left off. The socially just title track continues Kelly’s romance with Afro Latin music (e.g. Ease My Pain on ‘Tough Life’ and Running From The Law on 2003’s ‘Smile’). The kinship between Cuban and West African polyrhythms results in an almost Afrobeat sound.
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