Horace Andy


Horace Andy, 'This Must Be Hell'

Massive Attack collaborator and famed Jamaican vocalist Horace Andy's "This Must Be Hell" opens his new album, Midnight Rocker, with near-catastrophic spiritual urgency. Lamenting the violent state of the world over the song's majestic bass arrangement, Andy's pained chorus says it all: "Lord, this must be hell because there's no peace amongst mankind."
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Horace Andy

Legend recognises legend as Horace Andy and Adrian Sherwood unite for the first time on an imperfect yet incredibly compelling LP, says Bernie Brooks. Horace Andy didn’t have to do this. The man is seventy-one years old. He recorded Skylarking. He was on Mezzanine. Dude can coast as far as I’m concerned. Nap, go birdwatching, whatever. Hell, I’m only forty-two, and the amount of effort it took for me to sit down and write something as relatively inconsequential as this record review could be described as colossal. Then again, that’s probably why I’m not legendary roots and dub singer Horace Andy, with scores of albums under my belt, releasing Midnight Rocker, a not-insubstantial full-length collaboration with Adrian Sherwood, in my eighth decade.
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Horace Andy – Midnight Rocker

A warm reggae-infused bed lays the groundwork for a remarkable late-career resurgence and strengthens his position as a bona fide legend. The songs on this well-paced, concise record mostly revolve around a simple theme, whether it be the tricky role of money in life on Materialist, or the case for a healthy dose of scepticism on Careful. Referring back to his aforementioned role in British trip-hop, there is also a cover of Safe From Harm which replaces the spooky pads of the original with dub echo and more acidic synth lines, a resounding success.

Horace Andy: ‘3D is a brilliant young man. But Massive Attack work slow’

On a call to Horace Andy in Kingston, Jamaica, it appears that reggae’s sweetest voice is out and about – motorcycles roar past, dogs bark fiercely, children shriek and incoming calls interrupt our chat. “It’s hot here. And it nice,” says Andy. “Covid hit Jamaica but not like it hit London – less people here – so I been safe.”

Horace Andy: Midnight Rocker review – the Jamaican singer’s finest performances yet

Few singers have better mirrored the mercurial sound of dub than Horace Andy. Finding prominence with a spate of singles recorded with producer and Lee “Scratch” Perry collaborator Bunny Lee in the mid-1970s, the Jamaican singer’s vibrato-heavy falsetto has become one of dub’s defining features, as well as featuring amid the nocturnal trip-hop of Massive Attack’s albums.
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Horace Andy Details New LP With Adrian Sherwood

One of the all-time great Jamaican vocalists will team up with the acclaimed On U-Sound producer for a new album this spring. Legendary reggae musician Horace Andy has announced his new album Midnight Rocker, which will see him work with famed dub producer Adrian Sherwood for the first time. It...