The undisputed king of reggae versions, Mato returns with his sixth series of dubbed out hip-hop covers. Far from the crass, crude mash-up culture, Mato's original instrumentation ensures a much more natural remix feel which, in some cases, sounds better than the original. Across the 10 track set we're treated a bouncy, sun-kissed take on Eve's "Gangsta Lovin", a tight skank-flexed take on The Beatnuts "Off The Books", a Vadim-style contemporary digi dub take on Nate Dogg's "Good Life" and a very authentic rendition of "Still Dre". Essential listening for both hip-hop and reggae heads.
Robin Thicke's controversial "Blurred Lines" has garnered enormous attention recently, and not always for the right reasons. Maybe Mato's remarkable mash-up skills, turning it here into the kind of vintage Robert Palmer in Jamaica pop reggae not heard since the mid-'80s, might help show it in a good light. We also get Justin Timberlake's croon "Suit & Tie" turned into a Night Nurse goes falsetto delight.