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Out of the Dark

Out Of The Dark, Extra Love’s debut album, is a sonic treat which induces bouncing from start to finish. Over 10 tracks, the Manchester reggae band have created a sound which is addictive, unique and unpredictable. Add tons of positivity for good measure and there's a winner of an album. In the main, Out Of The Dark is upbeat, inspiring and offers food for thought, as well as making your body groove. On it, Extra Love showcase their versatility, from the socially-minded, laidback swagger of ‘Ruff’ to the funky, good time riot of ‘Party People’. ‘Universal Cry’ is a bouncy global SOS, whilst ‘Rub-A-Dub Souljah’ is true to its name – sparse and expansive with a really funky bass line.

A few tracks in particular stand out for me. There's the lively circus vibe and visionary lyrics of ‘Freedom’, while ‘Fire’ is infectious and inspiring, with seamless brass parts that linger on your brain. ‘Keep Moving’ combines soulful vocals with an amazing, heartfelt sax solo. The sun-drenched call-to-action of ‘Rebel’ is highly danceable, and ‘Bigman’ is an all-round epic tune, which holds the powers that be up to scrutiny. But one of the best moments is when the cheerful catchiness of ‘Run’ descends into a dark, dirty mash-up of heavy guitar and fierce horns.

Overall, Out Of The Dark is an audio high that leaves you feeling uplifted and elevated. Good luck deciding which of these is your favourite track.

by Now Then Manchester