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The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 7-15-22 – 7-21-22, Sam Huber And Garrison Hawk’s “Justice For All” Reviewed

The Finnish superstar Sam Huber is best known as a funk and soul man but forays into reggae are not unknown and often in tandem with dancehall master Garrison Hawk. On the industrial strength dub track the duo deal with the sad response to “what’s so funny about peace and love?” with the drastic “where is the peace and love?”.

Sam Huber: “I was working on some new music when suddenly got a craving for really deep dub,” Huber notes. “I had a very specific sound in my head, so I started working it out. I was already thinking about Hawk when I brought it to Tomás (producer, Tomás Doncker) and he picked right up on that. Those two wrote the lyrics and built the song off that nugget I worked up.”

Garrison Hawk: “I’ve come to realize Sam not only has a real passion about reggae and dub, he knows the music really well. He understands it and respects it. I came in with the idea that I wanted to hear Sam do this, thinking it could bring him to another place in this music. He had this idea kicking around his head and knew where he wanted it to go. I went from his starting point, wrote some lyrics, Tomás wrote some more, we all collaborated and it we built it and made it all fit.”

With some Junior Murvin in its make-up and a “hypnotic” beat and deep bass thud , “Justice For All” reminds you that protest music must, first and foremost, sound great. Sam and Garrison trade vocal hooks and Tomás growls in the background in a different series of endangerments…. and we are only waiting for the extended mix because you can imagine it on a loop and playing constantly somewhere.

Grade: A-

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