When I first thought about booking Tarrus Riley at Boomtown this year, I undoubtedly had my reservations. Lovers Rock has been largely absent from the festival previously and Riley is better known for classics such as She’s Royal and Sorry Is A Sorry Word. However he is a well rounded artist who speaks on all kinds of situations and for me he’s at his best with fire in his belly. We Want Better is a prime example and one of my favourite tunes of last year, it was undoubtedly a deciding factor in him playing also (sadly I didn’t get to watch the whole show to see if he played it, I do hope so). No Hypocrites Allowed is another energising slice of Roots Reggae released this coming Friday and it’s currently on repeat on my speakers. It must have been a tough year for Tarrus with the passing of his father, the great Jimmy Riley, but musically I’d say he’s stronger than ever right now.
Listen: AAA Badboy – Reggae Revolution