Mighty Joshua – ‘Dreaducation’

Infusing reggae-driven fusion with thematic catalysts for positive change, Mighty Joshua engages across the newly released album Dreaducation. Classic reggae familiarity melds with stylish implementations — from the brass-y fervency within “Live Here No More” to the exotic guitars/keys interplay on “Ethiopian Sunrise.” A number of talented collaborators appear as well — including saxophonist Plunky Branch, keyboardist Desi Hyson, and guitarists Ras Mel, DJ Williams, Junior Marvin, and Javo Grant Bassat.

The Richmond, Virginia-based Mighty Joshua consistently consumes throughout the album. Opening track “Beware” doesn’t waste any time with its evident charisma, as warm brassy tones and chilled-out vocal expressions assemble into a breezily melodic charm; it’s an excellent showcase of Mighty Joshua’s blend of traditional reggae with more creative idiosyncrasies. The album’s title track is another highlight, with its title-touting opening declaration delighting alongside guitar swipes and playful keys. Its “gather round,” enticement is further indication of the welcoming, approachable tone throughout Dreaducation, a surefire success from Mighty Joshua.

“Beware” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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