There has always been a reggae influence in El Michels Affair's music. From the reggae-infused cover of Hung Up On My Baby to the general sound and approach that permeates Leon's production style.
During the recording of Bailey's 2020 album Ekundayo, they recorded some straight reggae tunes inspired by different eras, in addition to some modern R&B tracks that would fit more alongside Frank Ocean than Jacob Miller. The idea for Ekundayo Inversions was born out of the conviction that old and new can live well together after all.
One of the highlights on Ekundayo Inversions is a guest appearance by the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry on the Ugly Truth version. Lee alternates between singing and speaking, praising his own powers and playing with the title of the original track.
Ekundayo Inversions is a testament to how strong the original songs are. It doesn't matter whether they come in R&B or reggae guise, whether they're stripped down to the bone or given an elaborate production.
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