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Chronixx: Chronology (Virgin EMI)

Chronic: Chronology (Virgin / EMI)

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UK release date 30.06.2017

It's an exciting time to be a reggae fan now, with plenty of great music being recorded in Jamaica's legendary recording studios. And there's been plenty of anticipation around Chronixx's debut long player.

His "Dread & Terrible" mixtape was a breath of fresh air, spawning tracks like "Alpha & Omega" and "Here Comes Trouble", which have graced dancefloors across the world for the last couple of years.

His style treads the line between traditional roots reggae and dancehall, and it's not surprising that it's won him a legion of followers, with recent shows in London filled to the rafters.

"Chronology" opens with the autobiographical "Spanish Town Rockin'", in which the 24-year-old sings about his upbringing, and sees him switch styles in his characteristic way, Combining a sweet chorus with raw verses, it sets the scene perfectly for the record - this is an album that deserves to be played loud.

"Big Bad Sound" does exactly what it promises, a deep bass complementing the vocals.

"I Can" is clearly geared toward pop breakthrough success, but Chronixx is quickly back to his more philosophical roots with "Selassie Children" before the stunning and powerful "Black Is Beautiful". "They never told us that black is beautiful", he sings over a luscious melody. Over the course of the 16 tracks, we're treated to Chronixx as a warrior, philosopher and lover, with "Majesty" a raw love song describing how women should be treated.

Recent single "Likes" has been around for a while and is definitely a grower, addressing our dependency on social media. "Chronology" is a powerful tour de force, and puts the artist at the forefront of the reggae revival. "Dread & Terrible" showed the huge potential Chronixx has as an artist. This album shows he's fulfilling this.
Words Dave Burke

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