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The Bees: Sunshine Hit Me

Nick Southall, Stylus, 1 September 2003

SUNSHINE ON WAX. This record is delicious.

For the last 25 years or so the most important influence on British music has not been American pop or our own rich musical heritage, as it had been for the first 25 years of pop's life. It's been the Caribbean and reggae. Ever since mass immigration from the Caribbean began 40 or more years ago, England has been vibing off the sun-kissed tunes of West-Atlantic shores, Marley and Pablo, Perry and Tubby, taking the sound and the spirit of this beautiful, vibrant rebel music and filtering it through our own consciousness in myriad brilliant ways.

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