What type of music would you expect to hear from a collective made up from different parts of the globe that stretches as far as Trinidad, Jamaica, Australia and Ireland? Well I’d at a haphazard guess, I’d imagine that the eventual outcome would certainly represent an upbeat, positive sound wholly based on substance-less and limited stereotypical views mainly because with the former nations you ‘tend’ to encounter people who are generally ‘happy’ and with the latter two, well, a bunch that are a bit overly fond of an olde party shall we say… and I would know being Irish myself. But that would be an initial thought that really wouldn’t ignite any desire to go check these guys out. So with the intellectual channels forced on I should say that these guys throw together an intriguing blend of musicality, lyrical content and genre-fused components that parade out of our speakers with such colourful yet poignant stride that I would think my green tea was laced with something a bit more exotic than licorice. The title ‘Jah Jah’ is proceeded by the hook of ‘guide and protect I/Please take me home’, a refrain which encapsulates the narrative of the track which is essentially a tale of a people traversing the desert in search of sanctuary, hoping that the wisdom of their God and forefathers will guide them to a safer land and a better life. Relating to, or understanding this narrative doesn’t trouble anyone. We all search far and wide to gain meaning, to perhaps find solace, and quite often for a reason to live; questioning a lot of the time those religious idols or spiritual teachers we reach out to, when in-fact only we can decipher the answers for ourselves – from ourselves. Is this what Mangoseed are getting at? Actually, that’s irrelevant; it’s what I’m garnering from it. The song highlights these ideas; it embraces all cultures, sucking up all that can be learnt from the diversity in the world whilst displaying – through such ferocious playing – the notion that all ability to be safe and comfortable in your own space ultimately comes from your own projection via the influence of external factors. A charged Dub number with plenty of post-punk guitar moments, check out the video below.
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Words by Robbie Cully