Roots of Creation offered fans the first glimpse of their new album with the lead single, “Arabia”, featuring Twiddle guitarist Mihali. The song comes from Dub Free or Die Vol #1, due out on April 30th via Bombshelter Records.
“Arabia” arrives as Roots of Creation’s first original instrumental in years, and the band could find no better collaborator than Mihali. Together with the Twiddle guitarist, and an expanded lineup of horns including Andy “AG” Geib (Slightly Stoopid) on trumpet, Billy Kottage on trombone, and RoC’s own Andrew Riordan on saxophone, the band is able to explore the depths of its reggae influences. The song is highlighted by heated exchanges between Mihali and Roots of Creation guitarist Brett Wilson, who feed off each other’s energy as the song gradually boils over into a raging inferno.
“‘Arabia’ is a song that I’ve been working on for over a decade… we usually put 1-2 instrumental pieces on each studio or live album,” Wilson said in a press release. “This is finally a chance to showcase this signature style we have developed over time at the forefront. I always wanted ‘Arabia’ to emulate Jamaican Treasure Ernest Ranglin with some good ol’ hard rock’n’roll blended in.”
The tribute to Ranglin reached Mihali as well, noting, “When I first heard the song it reminded me of Ernest Ranglin, who is and has been my favorite guitar player since I was 13 and felt like a great fit from the start! ‘Arabia’ combines two of my favorite styles of music, Reggae and Instrumental music.”
Listen to Mihali’s collaboration with Roots of Creation on the band’s latest single, “Arabia”, below or on your preferred streaming platform.
Roots of Creation – “Arabia” (ft. Mihali)
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