Reggae Royalty Protoje Sinks Into His Throne on ‘Third Time’s the Attraction’ – Rolling Stone

Protoje is in his head. Considered one of fashionable reggae’s most necessary determine is in a contemplative, nearly melancholy temper on his newest album, Third Time’s the Attraction. Gone are the aspirational anthems and the celebrity crossover collabs from earlier data. This time, Protoje is leaning again, getting misplaced in his ideas, and sinking into the riddims. 

The ten-track set’s first single, “Hills,” finds Protoje recounting an idyllic interval of isolation throughout the pandemic lockdowns. “Man, I been up within the hills, you understand, like cover away, no signal a me, steam herb three time a day,” he sings in a swaggering entice cadence. “The Attraction” samples legendary Jamaican singer Dennis Brown in its intro and blurs a straightforward skanking reggae rhythm into cavernous dub results. A futuristic reggae really feel permeates “Ten Cane Row,” which Protoje stated was impressed by his assembly British soul singer Jorga Smith, whose smoky, sultry vocals on the tune’s refrain distinction along with his descriptive, crisply chatted verses. 

Over a effervescent reggae beat, Protoje additional shows his romantic aspect on “Dreamy Eyes,” which is highlighted by his shifting vocal patterns, particularly his spectacular, accelerated tempo on the third verse. Protoje’s reflective phrases espousing religious energy are delivered with exact intonation on “Heavy Load,” which is ready to a lush, retro-soul orchestral association that ideally frames Jamaican singer Samory I’s powerfully anguished, irresistible hook.

Like its predecessors, Third Time’s the Attraction incorporates parts of traditional and neo-soul, rock, and particularly hip-hop, however this time round, Protoje strongly emphasizes his Jamaican/reggae roots. That stated, this isn’t your dad and mom’ reggae. Protoje, working with a stellar forged of producers together with IV the Polymath and 8Track, and Jamaica’s Iotosh and Ziah .Push, distills varied influences into an avant-garde sonic montage that propels his distinctive vocal circulation and lyrical complexities to higher heights.

All through his profession, Protoje has recorded many incisive social commentaries, and “Late at Evening” adheres to that precedent by addressing violence in Jamaica; the urgency of Protoje’s lyrics is intensified by his hypnotic staccato supply: “Streets scorching/Three Glocks/Beat shot/Sit back/Knee knock/Fall flat/Tree chop/Crime scene/See cops/Seize inventory.” Sung over a blistering, bass heavy reggae rhythm and co-produced by Protoje and Oliver “Cadenza” Rodigan (son of venerable U.Ok. reggae radio persona Sir David Rodigan), “Late at Evening” samples Jamaican singer Pam Corridor’s “Youngsters of the Evening” (a reggae cowl of the Stylistics’ 1972 soul nugget) with the dynamic Lila Iké offering the hauntingly sung refrain.

Protoje’s total musical method and the distinctiveness of this, his sixth studio album, is epitomized by the observe “Incient Stepping,” produced by the progressive musical collective Zion I Kings, which Protoje (and plenty of others) cite as the usual in fashionable reggae; over an ethereal soundscape that’s anchored in a powerful bassline, Protoje expresses his allegiance to Rastafari, juxtaposing reverential chanting with rapped verses and age-old mysticism with progressive imaginative and prescient. For all of Third Time’s the Attraction’s genre-spanning inspirations and sampled, synthesized beats, it’s unmistakably a reggae album that honors Jamaica’s nice musical traditions but incorporates daring experimentation to maneuver these traditions ahead; it’s additionally the best illustration of Protoje’s artistry to this point. No marvel Protoje is so misplaced in thought. The person clearly has loads on his thoughts.

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