Matthew Paul Miller, better known as Matisyahu, has been producing his own infectious brand of hip hop and rock influenced reggae for the best part of six years.
Last seen collaborating with dance music duo The Crystal Method, newest album Light, is two years in the making for the Grammy-nominated artist from Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Unique is probably the best word to describe Matisyahu’s style. A lot of influences are brought to this album: classic dancehall sounds, electronic beats and hip hop vocal delivery amongst many things with traditional Jewish themes providing the inspiration. Such diversity could almost be overbearing but this is just the right blend for this melting pot of sounds. Aside from the bizarre re-recording with R&B megastar Akon, there are some high calibre collaborations namely with members of LA funk ska-metallers Fishbone and legendary Jamaican musicians Sly & Robbie.
A slickly delivered album that stirs the soul, Light is an eclectic album which pushes the boundaries without alienating. Modern reggae with a slightly new twist this is a nice addition the soundtrack of summer.