When Katchafire first emerged in early 2000s the concept of ‘BBQ Reggae’ didn’t really exist. These days, they can be seen as godfathers of the scene, although given the negative connotations the term now invokes, it’s an accolade they would probably be reluctant to embrace.
But whether you call it’s BBQ, Pacific or sunshine reggae, there’s no doubt that Katchafire are masters of their craft and their first studio set since 2010’s On The Road Again finds them at the top of their game. Unlike some of their local contemporaries, the R&B/soul influences are less pronounced on Legacy, with their fine horn section adding a welcome layer of roots authenticity to their old school skanking. For those who prefer poppier side of reggae, ‘Ain’t Gonna Give Up’, which features a guest vocal from Hawaiian singer Anuhea, ‘100’ and ‘Wasted’ are the places to start, while ‘Luv Plan’, with its Spanish guitar and strings, marks an intriguing side-turn. But as they sing on ‘Fyah In The Trenches’, the opening track on Legacy, “reggae music pays my bills and we do it for the love of it”. Enough said.