Published May 03, 2019Christopher Martin leans in on the pop side of reggae music. The 32-year-old from St. Catherine, Jamaica offers up summer-ready uptempo and ballads with And Then, a project well-tuned for reggae playlists and compilations.
"Life" ponders the material nature of the modern world, set to a familiar riddim; "Come Back" freely and energetically exhibits its mainstream pop aspirations; "Bun fi Bun" weathers well-known tropes of reciprocal infidelities; and "Can't Dweet Again" rides a percolating groove to reflect on moving up in life. While you'd think there's no possible way to unironically cover Mr. Big's "To Be With You" in 2019, Martin is up to the task and delivers the reggae-flavoured goods.
With And Then, Martin is firmly in command of his brand of freshly squeezed reggae that revels in the pop, acoustic and electric planks of the genre. (VP)