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Motion – S.T.

Motion
S.T.
Style: Fusion, Reggae
Label: Double D Records
Catalog Number: DDLP 4
Released: 1981, 80's
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A highly underrated lovers rock classic. Bassist George Oban formed “Motion” to explore his own unique musical ideas after leaving the legendary UK reggae group Aswad. His departure may have seemed strange at the time given the group’s success, but listening to Motion’s self-titled debut, it’s clear that Oban had a distinct musical vision and voice that needed to be heard outside of the confines of Aswad’s more straightforward roots sound. Motion is a perfect fusion of Oban’s reggae, rock, jazz, funk, and latin influences and pulls off something of a musical magic trick by very clearly incorporating elements and grooves from those genres, yet still retaining complete originality. The tracks are incredibly varied and all enjoyable – from mellow lovers rock “Rainbow” and “Walk on By”, to soulful jazz fusion “You Love me Only,” to more upbeat dance numbers “Basshoven” and “Crazy Beat.” It’s a complete, perfectly executed musical vision and sadly, the only album ever released by the group. This one isn’t on streaming platforms so check the YouTube playlist or seek the vinyl out for yourself!

– Phil Cho

Recommended – A2 Rainbow, A4 Basshoven, B3 Crazy Beat

Tags: Latin / Lovers Rock / Mellow
Tracklist:

A1 Walk On By
A2 Rainbow
A3 No Man Is An Island
A4 Basshoven
A5 I’m Coming Home
B1 Love Uprising
B2 Let Go
B3 Crazy Beat
B4 You Love Me Only
B5 Hawian Hi!

Credits:

Bass , Percussion – George “Levi” Oban
Drums, Percussion, Harmony Vocals – Angus “Drummie” Gaye
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – John Kapie
Harmonica – Bunny McKenzie
Keyboards, Marimba, Harmony Vocals – Tony Robinson
Lead Vocals – Wolete Miriam
Saxophone – Dave Crawford
Producer, Arranged By – George Oban
Illustration – Chris Forsey
Design – Len Roberts

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