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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Holy Wow: Extra Classic Shows That Good, New Jamaican-Influenced Music Not An Impossibility

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 4:33 PM

It's understandable that you're skeptical. We were, too. But -- at least judging from this local project's new single -- Extra Classic is that rare, Jamaican-influenced (white) band that isn't a total embarrassment. (They're at least the second such happy surprise in S.F. that we know of.) "Congo Rebel," the first single due out this Saturday in honor of Record Store Day, isn't quite a traditional reggae song, and that's a good thing. We'd rather call it dub-psych or something (though it's not quite a dub, either -- the 7-inch has a true dub version on the reverse side). Basically, it's a trippy, bouncy rave-up with smoky female vocals and a deliciously stodgy rocksteady bassline. And it's catchy as hell. 

Oh, and did we mention? Extra Classic is a new group from San Francisco. Whose members have played with Papercuts, The Anniversary, The Donkeys, and Casiotone for the Painfully alone. That should be enough to get you to stream the single and check out the video after the jump.

Not surprisingly, Extra Classic recorded "Congo Rebel" and its other work on vintage tape machines, capturing some of the analog magic that made its influences sound so good. The band is releasing the 7-inch on its own imprint, Nopal Records, and there are only 300 of them. 

Further: Main Members Adrianne Verhoeven and Alex deLanda will become a five-piece live on Monday when they open for !!! at the Independent. Take a hit of this radness below -- but be warned: The dub version of "Congo Rebel" sadly doesn't hold a Bic lighter to the original.

Congo Rebel by Extra Classic

Congo Rebel Version by Extra Classic

Extra Classic "Congo Rebel" from Jeff Lowe on Vimeo.

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