Lord Mike's Dirty Calypsonians


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Of course the calypsonians have always been naughty by nature, not only daring to speak truth to power, but to forthrightly fill their numbers with sexual innuendo and worse. Former Deal's Gone Bad frontman Lord Mike has decided to horndog in on the genre's latter penchant, forming the dozen strong Dirty Calypsonians as an outlet for his saucy sounds. However, like all Third Wavers, as trad as More is, there are still musical twists and twirls that don't belong, but brilliantly and perfectly dovetail with the purer calypso within. Take the infectious "Sweet Mike," for example, it boasts a decided R&B bend, some flashy, barreling keyboard work, and even a touch of doo wop around the vocals, or the equally contagious "Village Ram," which owes as much to jazz as calypso. "Big Bamboo," in contrast, hides its big band in a tropical thicket, while few calypsonians ever sang over a trad jazz backing, never mind one as lavish as that which swirls around "Rub My...," while "Drunk & Disorderly" has a Latin spin to it all, a calypso band partying too hardy in Tijuana. And party is what the Lord Mike's Dirty Calypsonians are all about. Some numbers are slightly slower tempo, a few more upbeat, but all are built for the dancefloor. The melodies are infectious, the choruses instantly singalong, and Lord Mike is having so much fun with his suggestive lyrics, who could fail to be equally amused? Max Romeo sparked an entire subgenre with his rude reggae smash hit "Wet Dream," Lord Mike and his fabulous crew may ignite a whole new Third Wave sub-set spinning around rude calypso.

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