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Contemporary roots singer Gappy Ranks first captured international attention back in 2010 with Put the Stereo On: a set of retro-oriented anthems crafted as a love letter to the powerful sounds that had come from Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One during the roots era. Ranks’ follow-up (2011’s Thanks and Praise) saw him adding contemporary touches to his sound, including distorted and Auto-Tuned vocals, preprogrammed beats, and dense synth overdubs. With Shining Hope, Ranks moves even further in a modern direction. The slick productions that grace tracks like “Why?” and the plaintive “Still in Love” find Ranks sounding similar to younger performers like Chronixx and Hi Octane, who are equally fond of delivering their roots-minded, Rastafarian-infused lyrics over production that borrows as much from contemporary American R&B as it does from more classic Jamaican styles. Though this approach may alienate some more traditionalist listeners, it suits Ranks well; he sounds inspired and invigorated throughout, particularly on more serious-minded numbers like “Nothing Comes Easy” and the gently bubbling “Sell Out.”

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Instant classic!

Large up to Gappy Ranks The Grandson of Reggae!

Great Work!!!!!!!

I never give up hope when i listen this album... Big up! Gappy


Born: Harlesden, London, England

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Recalling the '90s -- the heyday of British artists like Maxi Priest and Bitty McLean -- singer Gappy Ranks brings U.K. reggae to the world. Born Jacob Lee Williams, the London-based artist was struggling to keep from being homeless when his career began, but working with radio and playing numerous live shows helped him step up. In 2009 he signed with Greensleeves, releasing his debut album for the label, Put the Stereo On, in 2010. The throwback effort was filled with nostalgia for the reggae of...
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