Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
For those of you that don’t know me, one the quickest ways to my heart is with a good reggae song. Thus, I was incredibly excited to delve into the single we’ll be touching on this morning in the Independent Spotlight. ‘Ladies Ball’ is a recent release from the reggae crooner, Coco Tea. Born Calvin George Scott, Coco Tea has made a name for himself over the last several decades with an impressively diverse catalog. While simplistic, ‘Ladies Ball’ exemplifies the charming persona that has concreted Coco Tea’s relevance for all that time.
I must be honest: I was a bit worried when I first began delving into the content of ‘Ladies Ball.’ I was afraid that Coco Tea may enter some misogynist territory. It’s so easy to start out with the intention to glorify women with your song, but end up ultimately objectify them in the process. That wouldn’t necessarily be foreign territory to popified music. At its core, ‘Ladies Ball’ is reggae with a very heavy pop flair. Fortunately, it’s actually quite suave and respectful.
“Every king knows that the queen comes first,” Coco Tea declares over his easy-riding, relaxing, reggae sonic landscape. The track isn’t sexualized, either. He’s at his ‘Ladies Ball’ to celebrate all women - even and especially mothers. It’s such a sweet tune in this sense. Coco Tea is inviting all of the important women in his life to a night of class and elegance. I can’t even begin to explain how refreshing this is - I’ll get half a dozen incredibly opposite tunes sent to me in as many days. This kind of respect and class is so missing in so much music right now.
The instrumentation is very simplistic throughout ‘Ladies Ball,’ but it suits it perfectly well. It’s infectiously catchy and Coco Tea’s delivery and performance is absolutely fantastic. He’s so perfectly mixed into the sound; he occupies his space so superbly. There isn’t anything overly profound about the track, but Coco Tea’s slick delivery makes you feel at home. It’s the kind of track that you can, and will, spin many times through without it losing its flair.
I absolutely adore Coco Tea. Good on you, my friend. Keep class alive; keep respect alive, and keep reggae alive. Coco Tea is doing it right. Spin the tune below.
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