“Spread Hope” Review

The Alchemystics- Review of Album “Spread Hope” (2011), Reprint from The Valley Advocate


The Valley Advocate, May 25-June 2, 2011
Review: The Alchemystics – Spread Hope (Northfire Recording)

The Alchemystics represent something of a heavily branched river—in this case, an intergenerational blend of reggae, dub, ska, funk and hip-hop. It has that feel of historic Valley (or rather Hilltown) reggae, and the band’s cred remains enhanced by its inclusion of elder statesman Ras Jahn Bullock of Loose Caboose fame. Now The Alchemystics have incorporated some Cajun and calypso influences and a horn section, and have also begun collaborating with other influential Caribbean figures, including Denroy Morgan, father of ’90s reggae phenom Morgan Heritage, and Kurt Allen, who was named Trinidad & Tobago’s 2010 National Calypso Monarch. The production is crisp, and the overall (spiritual) message is delivered by several messengers of markedly different styles. Check them out at the 2011 Strange Creek Campout at Greenfield’s Camp KeWanee, May 27-30. —Tom Sturm

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