Culture Dem

Various Artists

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Culture Dem Review

by David Jeffries

Formed by Corrin Haskell and Andrew Bain, the Lustre Kings imprint is a reggae label that claims three cities -- Oakland, California; Brooklyn, New York; and Kingston, Jamaica -- as home. A series of roots and conscious reggae 7" singles is how they got their start, with Culture Dem being their first full-length release and first compilation. Artists like Yami Bolo, Sizzla, Capleton, and Anthony B are among the veterans here, while Lutan Fyah, Turbulence, and Jah Mason represent the new school of roots singers. The backing-track riddims all come in-house from the Lustre Kings Productions team, so dig the exclusives and don't expect this one to overlap much with other reggae collections.

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