Rocket is Alex G’s 8th full-length—an assured statement that follows a slate of humble masterpieces, stretching to his 2015 Domino debut, Beach Music. Amid recording, Alex made headlines for catching the attention of Frank Ocean; playing guitar on his two 2016 albums, Endless and Blonde. More than stylistic cues, what Alex took from the experience was a confidence in collaboration. Rocket wears this collaborative spirit proudly, and in its numerous contributors presents a restless sense of musical experimentation, effortlessly jumping from sound collage to dreamy folk to bouncing Americana.
King Tubby's studio and Channel One – two of the great Jamaican studios that produced so many of the great reggae rhythms in Kingston – find themselves here battling for the trophy. Bunny Lee threw rhythms over to Channel One, which had enlisted the great DJ Jah Stitch to return the fire. So sit back and enjoy two great institutions of the reggae sound, battling it out for supremacy. The winner? That's for the listener to decide. But in this Dub Soundclash there is no loser. CD includes six bonus tracks.
Insanitizers music is all about fun, for all ages. It takes listeners on involving adventures with frenetic energy, tension, mystery, and drama. Most recent recordings use “clean and chimey but silky” guitar tones, but there is plenty of variation between songs. You can hear influences from classical, surf, flamenco, rockabilly, and punk styles. In July 2016 “Guitar Fun” won the national award for “Best Rock Instrumental Album.” “Insanitizers deploy their marvelous talent for the guitar to the interpretation of a modern vibe – what results is a completely novel experience of a genre you thought you knew and understood.”