Northern Soul / Reggae / Ska

Culture – Two Sevens Clash



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Though it’s considered a classic of roots reggae– a late-1970s style focused on Rastafarian teaching, social distress, and political injustice– Two Sevens Clash generally sounds a lot brassier than most of the records in its category. The rhythms, if not always dance-oriented, are springy and uptempo, the harmonies are major, and Joe Gibbs’s production is bright (contra, say, dub’s intoxicant muddiness). And Hill is ultimately the catalyst reveling in the middle, a wily, lemony voice, never shying away in melody or delivery, never letting harsh reality cancel out his hope, but never pretending things are any less miserable than they actually are.

Pitchfork review.


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