If you’re in the need for some smooth Reggae sounds, then you have to check out the soulful melodies of Ashland, Oregon’s RasCricket. Fusing elements of Reggae and Soul seems effortless to this premiere composer. Ras couples his ability to play an array of instruments with sound songwriting skills and delivers magnificent music to the masses. His current collective, which is featured on MySpace (myspace.com/rascricket) and SoundClick (soundclick.com/rascricket), is sure to capture the ears and souls of music lovers across the globe with his vividly stimulating instrumentation.
It’s said that no one man is an island, but RasCricket is a one-man production team. He plays all of the instruments on his tracks. His efforts are displayed on the Ska/Jazz/Reggae influenced “Ska One”. The track’s opening misleads the listener beautifully. The song begins as a slow tune with roaring strings and percussion; then it quickly transforms into a mid-tempo composition. However, there’s no need to worry if you can’t get enough of that infectious slow groove. There is another transition towards the song’s end that brings back the slow sequence. Hips will wind gracefully to the pace of the guitar riffs that float flawlessly across a sea of lightly laced upbeat percussion.
Ras continues to spread joy through musical expression on the laid back uplifting track “Inspiration”. Backed by fellow Roots Reggae band Oregon Transplant, the crew delivers a soulful and enriching song that chronicles the relationship that he has with the one person who has truly been inspirational, his lady. The song’s traditional Reggae percussion patterns blend seamlessly with it’s accompanying keys and guitar. RasCricket’s mellow tone adds a splash of vibrant color to this creative work of art. The song’s premise is one that anyone could relate to, which is being truly appreciative of those who love and inspire us unconditionally.
Ras pays tribute to the world’s greatest entertainer with his rendition of the late Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”. Everything about this song is amazing from the opening drum hits to the exiting guitar solo. Not to take anything away from Quincy Jones and his elaborate musical talents, but RasCricket’s version of this timeless classic is so crisp and clear that it sounds as if it were made just for the King of Pop. Again Ras shows his ability to be a one-man band as he single handedly meshes percussion, staccato-stacked strings and a plethora of layered sounds in an eloquent manner. RasCricket empties his soul into the track and handcrafts the perfect tribute to the perfect entertainer.
RasCricket’s unique blend of music will offer a cure to the Commercial Radio Blues. This musical prodigy’s talents have the capability to grab the ears of music and program directors across the globe with the intent of reversing the trend of playing senseless music on a commercial stage. His inspirational lyrics and vast knowledge of instrumentation is a true gift to music lovers from all walks of life.