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Culture Dem, Vol. 2

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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 the original Culture Dem being their first full-length release and first compilation. This follow-up features the same mix of veterans (Yami Bolo, Capleton, and Anthony B are all back from the first volume) and important newcomers (Lutan Fyah, Turbulence, and Jah Mason all return as well) while the backing-track riddims come from the in-house Lustre Kings Productions team, so expect plenty of exclusives. While the quality control is still high, the unfamiliar should start with the first volume which beats this one by a nose.

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