Upground / Feel The Vibe
Album: Feel The Vibe   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Upground   Added:Sep 2007
Label:South Ferris Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-09-23 Pull Date: 2007-11-25 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 25 Nov 11 Nov 4 Oct 28 Oct 21 Oct 14 Oct 7 Sep 30
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 2 3 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 07, 2011: Happy Hour
Feel The Vibe
4. Nov 21, 2007: Erin is Disorderly
Skanking Monkeys
2. Jan 19, 2009: Happy Hour (Coverin' for PACC)
Hot Fudge Sundae
5. Nov 06, 2007: Ripridah Radio Vol 3
3. Nov 25, 2007: New World Disorder
Sol Azul
6. Nov 04, 2007: New World Disorder
Hot Fudge Sundae

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-09-26
Upground – Feel the Vibe
Reviewed by Sadie O., 9/8/07
Latin Ska (with a bit of Cumbia and Reggae) from LA. Fun sounds, terrific band (esp. horns, bass and percussion). The only thing I DON’T love about the album is that they made the last two songs into one track – the “hidden track” routine is getting really old and isn’t fun to listen to and hella sucks for radio play! Boo on that – but yay on everything else!
No FCCs that I heard. I like track 6 best just because I’m a total funk sucker. Everything is good to great, IMO.
1. ***funny spoken intro, the uptempo B&W-style ska, very high energy. Political diatribe, English. False ending, then long horn flourish.
2. **sweet midtempo cumbia, nice horns and lots of percussion. In Spanish.
3. ***midtempo roots reggae skank with Latin overtones, in Spanish and English.
4. ***midtempo roots skank, but with a bit of cumbia, in English.
5. **fast skank turning into frank ska, in English. Interesting bit towards the end with guitars imitating sirens..
6. ****bit of spoken word intro, then midtempo uber-funk, in English. God, I’m a sucker for funk… The bass KILLS.
7. **fast almost-ska with big band horns. Turns into uptempo ska, in English. Café sounds at end blend into next track.
8. ***uptempo and energetic cumbia, in Spanish, but with lots of guitar solo.
9. **several seconds of tuning radio dial sounds, then fast ska. False ending 18 seconds from end.
10. ***sort of an uptempo mambo-ska, in English. Slows down to a rather slinky vibe. Gets random for a bit, then big drum solo and back to ska.
11. **short intro, rather uptempo ska, in English and Spanish. Fun lyrics.
12. **horror movie intro, fast ska, in Spanish and English – about Dia de los Muertos.. Naturally, it’s not 7:18 long – it ends 4:06 from end. Another song starts 3:03 from end, uptempo funky ska instrumental. Nice stuff – I wish they’d separated it out for radio…

Track Listing
1. Skanking Monkeys   7. Big Mistake
2. Recumbia   8. Sol Azul
3. Oye Chica   9. Irie Eyes
4. Feel The Vibe   10. Accept It
5. Night Stick No   11. Mr. Duran
6. Hot Fudge Sundae   12. Suerte De Mi Muerte