Locked within the culture of San Diego seems to be wide swept love for reggae music, with our laid back atmosphere, number of reggae festivals, and constant replaying of Sublime and Bob Marley on the radio. Luckily for us, one of the biggest names in today’s reggae scene calls San Diego home. Tribal Seeds, a six-piece grop made up of brothers Steven Rene and Tony-Ray Jacobo, Carlos Verdugo, Victor Navarro, E.N. Young, and Ryan Gonzalez, have shared the stage with some of the biggest names of the genre, Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Matisyahu, and countless others.
Tribal Seed’s fifth studio album, Representing, is set to release on May 13th. The 12 track album features a fantastic collection of guests lending their hand on five of the tracks, including Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle Mcdonald and Midnite’s Vaughn Benjamin. This album is a follow-up to the band’s 2011 EP “Soundwaves” and 2009’s full length The Harvest, both of which landed on the Billboard Reggae Charts.
Representing carries an inspiring and uplifting theme throughout its duration. Opening up with its title track, the listener is instantly treated with a chill vibe whose chorus is undercut with tropical steel drums and an impressive electric guitar solo. “Rock the Night” provides a synth solo that is fun contrast to the organic island sound. “In Your Area,” which features vocalizations from Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle McDonald, picks up the pace and utilizes a horn section to fill out the sound.
“Moonlight,” my personal favorite, brings down the tempo back to a place of relaxation, as the lyrics paint a picture of a tropical paradise in the glow of the moon. The piano rings between the verses and chorus and provides the sound for an impressive solo. “Blood Clot,” features Don Carlos as a guest vocalist and a slight electronic undertone, another cool contrast to an otherwise traditional sound. Bringing the album to a close is “Lonely Night,” another track that uses piano to portray a softer vibe, creating its atmospheric tone through its use synth undertones. The album is a perfect addition to any party for the upcoming summer, creating chill vibes and good times for any music lover.
Nearing the end of their 35-date national “Representing Tour,” Tribal Seeds are making their way back home for what’s sure to be a fantastic homecoming. Check them out at their show at SDSU's Open Air Theatre on May 2nd!