Wednesday, 17 December 2014

FIRST LOOK: The Mystic Revealers reprise their roles as global reggae ambassadors

MAKING A SPLASH: The bandmates are set to release their first album in over a decade.

Roots-reggae band Mystic Revealers are the living proof that it's never too late for a return to the big dance. For more than 20 years, prior to their self-imposed hiatus from recording and performance, the iconic groupwho built the house that Raging Fyah and Mystikal Revolution live in specialized in conscious grooves that provoke thought and stir the soul. 

Fans will get to relive classic moments from the band's heyday when they release Crucial Cuts (VP Records), their first album in fifteen years a compilation that gathers key tracks from the group's decades-old catalogue, dating as far back as the 1980s. Seminal truth-to-power cuts like "Young Revolutionaries" and "Rasta Man" should reawaken blast-from-the-past memories for oldies aficionados while introducing today's hip hop-loving generation to an artistry and musicality whose hallmarks are timeless sound and substance. 

The band's "reunion" also includes an upcoming tour and the release of newly recorded music that reflects the modern-day status quo and speak to issues that resonate across the board. It should come as no surprise that new-school whiz kid Chronixx has been tapped to appear on the lead-off single, due out Feb. 3. 

Making a comeback, it seems was always in the cards for the bandmates whose love of nature, the sea in particular, is artfully celebrated on the vibrant Crucial Cuts album cover (above), depicting the musicians on surfboards and jet skis. 

But for lead singer Billy Wilmot, vocalist Steve Davis, bassist Leroy Edwards, and drummer Nicky Henry, making powerful statements through song is the essence of their mission as artists. "We are like postmen sending a letter," lead singer Wilmot quips, putting their role and contribution in perspective. "We might not be the ones who wrote the letter, even though the songs are ours. The messages being transmitted are from the Almighty messages of love, truth, justice and unity." 

> LISTEN UP: Stream tracks from Crucial Cuts before it goes on sale next month

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