Let’s start this week’s Follow Friday with a mellow mood: The Movement. Their modern reggae sound takes inspiration from hip-hop, rock, and their contemporaries in reggae. Ways Of The World, their latest take on the reggaeton sound, was received with critical acclaim from the community.
Released on June 7th, MVMT Junkies (and everyone else) were treated to 54 minutes & 19 seconds of absolute bliss. Starting out with the title track, The Movement leaves no doubt on the opening note that this would be their most ambitious and complete album to date (which is no easy task considering the quality of all of their previous releases).
Reggae360 on Ways Of The World
The roots sound of The Movement is emphasized by their heavy grooving basslines. Check out what all the fuss is about for yourself and listen to Ways Of The World down below. Or, if you want to join the “MVMT Vibe,” go to their website for tour dates near you.
Keeping it chill, we have Satsang up next on the Follow Friday lineup. Blending soul, folk, and hip-hop, their sound has a sprinkle of that reggae sound. Their name, Satsang, is a clever play on words that comes from Sanskrit, meaning “in the company of truth.”
It’s a beautiful moment when music from the heart and poetry from the soul truly connects with its intended audience. For Satsang lead singer and songwriter Drew McManus, that moment occurred on a 2018 tour through the Midwest, Northeast and Pacific Coast in which two-thirds of the band’s dates sold out. That’s when the truth hits home for McManus that his soulful, reggae-infused blend of folk-rock and melodic hip hop and its message of strength, growth and resilience is his testimony to the world – and the world is finally listening.
Satsang Official Bio
The music of Satsang is meant to inspire with their provocative lyrics and conscious messaging. If you want to dive into the world of Satsang, head over to their official website to learn more.
Get enlightened with Satsang‘s Kulture down below.
Now, we’re going to switch up the pace with Spiritual Cramp. Their post-punk sound takes bits and pieces of the ’80s and combines them into something completely contemporary. Whether it is the danceable art rock of Talking Heads or the raw punk rock of the Clash, Spiritual Cramp brings them both over the span of their discography.
Mike and I met because we were into the same sh*t and knew some people. He hit up the bassist, Michael Fenton, who wrote all of the songs and it just sort of came together that way. Really just as a way to express something that Mike felt wasn’t being talked about in the music that he was listening to. People view people in bands on pedestals and think they have their shit going for them. That’s not the reality. We are all f*cked up.
Stewart Kuhlo, Thrasher Magazine
Spiritual Cramp has music across the spectrum for you to explore. Their attitude is certainly matched on-stage. Check it out on their official website, or in person by catching tour dates near you.
Listen to the hardest of Spiritual Cramp down below.
Slow Mass is a perfectly named band. Their Chicago-based grunge rock hits like a wave of sludge: steady, heavy, and massive. Their music hits like a Slow Mass, if you will. But they’re not afraid to rock, drenching their tracks with distortion and droning feedback riffs.
The momentous, overwhelming choruses of ‘Suburban Yellow’ and ‘Blocks’ share that wave’s most potent communal and cathartic stylistic aspects, the accomplishment felt when a half-dozen people finally push a pickup out of a mudhole. If it isn’t joy, it’s at least the camaraderie when misery finds company.
That album — On Watch — was their most recent full length release. But, don’t fret: Slow Mass has come into 2020 with their second Music For Ears single. “Mal,” backed with “I’ll Wait For You,” is worth the listen. Check out their official website for more information and tour dates.
Get gritty with Slow Mass below.
Kelsey Reckling is the face behind the name: Reckling. Playing (and backed by) fellow Ernie Ball artists like FIDLAR, together Pangea, and No Parents, you can be sure she is bringing the best of independent, energetic punk.
Razorcake Magazine says, ‘Reckling’s debut album is loaded with hooky, captivating punk rock songs—a perfect album from start to finish. The band always gives the crowd an extra-powerful performance, burning up the stage… Their shows should never be missed.’ Expect more from this band in 2020.
Reckling Official Bio
Reckling‘s music is noisy and messy in a perfect way only captured by punk rock. Her debut, self-titled album broke through quick, and with plans for 2020, she is one to keep an eye on. You can do exactly that by following her official website.
Reckling plays Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys.
Listen to Reckling‘s self-titled album below.