Collie Buddz’s music isn’t normally my thing, necessarily, but I am addicted to this song. It’s hypnotic!
On Wednesday night, Buddz will drop into the Domino Room in Bend for a night of reggae-infused club-pop. My colleague David Jasper spoke with him and his alluring Bermudan accent last week. Here’s an excerpt of the resulting article.
Buddz has been called the Eminem of dancehall, and it’s a pretty apt comparison given his skin color and choice of genre. Like Eminem’s Detroit roots, his childhood in Bermuda, where the Jamaican influence is high, lends Buddz a credibility you can’t manufacture (see: Vanilla Ice).
Either way, he seems perfectly capable of bringing in fans like moths to the flame, even if Bob Marley might roll over in his grave (dreads permitting) if he knew this is what people are calling reggae in 2011. Buddz’s sound is slick and worldly, and the production value on “Playback” is set at 11.
Phoenix New Times, an alt-weekly in Arizona, sums up this sound quite well: “Buddz rarely sounds like a traditional reggae singer — songs like ‘World A Girls’ from his new record, ‘Playback,’ owe as much to Marvin Gaye soul and early G-Funk ambiance as … dancehall heaters.”
Jamaica’s become a regular stop for Buddz, who says that to Jamaicans, “it’s not about the color, it’s about the music, and Jamaicans know their music. Like, you go dancing down there, you don’t know what tunes you’re gonna hear.
“But it’s definitely harder” to earn acceptance there as a white reggae artist, said an undeterred Buddz. “You just have to work that much harder.”
You should read the whole thing by clicking here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Sapient’s new record is dope, Scott Fisher returns to town, Excellent Gentlemen get funky, Tyler Fortier presents his third album of the year, and Archeology might be the next big thing out of Portland. Plus Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, The Young Lions of Jazz, Hoedown for Hunger, a High & Dry Bluegrass Festival benefit with master mando man Radim Zenkl, and details on Sunday’s memorial for local metal guitarist Don Adams.