Mellow Mood - 2 The World (2015)

“2 The World” is the new album from Italian reggae band MELLOW MOOD, and will be released on iTunes and digital stores by independent label La Tempesta International. Ten months after their fortunate “Twinz”, the Mellow Mood reveal its twin, bearing witness to the buoyant creativity of twins Jacob and L.O. Garzia and to the further stylistic evolution of the whole band.

Sturdy rhythmic structures and a band stripped to the bone (keyboards, drums and bass) allow the Mellow Mood to freely mix the constituents of reggae music. The five Italians once again deliver an album covering the full extension of Jamaican music, wisely blending roots songwriting with dancehall elements, and experimenting with digital sounds unused to the band. “2 The World” is a twofold declaration of intent. On one hand, the band wants to underline an increased opening to the international reggae scene, testified by several and precious Jamaican collaborations (Tanya Stephens, Hempress Sativa, Jah9, Gideon & Selah); on the other hand the title underlines how the Italian scene (artists and fans together) is proving to be ready to be among the main players of the rebirth of reggae music worldwide.

The Mellow Mood’s teamwork is also gaining increased international recognition. Paolo Baldini is once again the man at the controls, fortified by the collaboration with Mellow Mood on his own project Dub Files, which made him one of the most influent reggae producers of the Old Continent. Forelock and Andrew I, who also teamed up in Baldini’s project, are the only Italian guests of the album, though their style is more Jamaican than ever. “2 The World” is a grown-up album, the fourth tile in the discography of a band which has now come a long way, and has a bright future ahead.



01 - Intro
02 - Inna Jamaica pt.2 feat. Hempress Sativa & Forelock
03 - Criminal feat. Andrew I
04 - Extra Love feat. Tanya Stephens
05 - Write To You
06 - Weh You Trend
07 - Sufferation
08 - Bun Mi Heart
09 - Innocent
10 - Even Over
11 - Everything She Want
12 - Wipe Away feat. Jah9
13 - Twinz Invation feat. Gideon & Selah
14 - Love Mama



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Mellow Mood

Mellow Mood

No discussion about Italian reggae is possible without mentioning Mellow Mood among the main players of an ever-growing scene. Born in Pordenone (North-East Italy) around 2005, the band officially debuts in 2009 with the release of their first album, entitled “Move!”. Produced by Paolo Baldini, who was later to become their dubmaster, the album was intended to be their first “move” on the international reggae scene: totally self-released, it was an unexpected success and the two singles “Only You” and “Dance Inna Babylon” were viewed in total more than twenty million times on You Tube. The band, led by twins Jacob and L.O Garzia, was then composed by Federico Mazzolo on drums (also known for his electronic project IOSHI), Enrico Bernardini on keyboards, Giulio Frausin (now divided between Mellow Mood and his folk-acoustic project The Sleeping Tree) on bass, Stefano Salmaso and Roberto Dazzan on horns. Two years of intensive touring and artistic growth followed. After a slight line-up change, Mellow Mood went back into the studio with Baldini to record “Well Well Well”, published in May 2012 by Italy’s most important independent label, La Tempesta, headquartered in Pordenone too. Ranging from roots-reggae to rocksteady, to tribal clubbing, “Well Well Well” is intense and elegant, and showcases the progression of Mellow Mood, as they proved to be among the protagonists of a new generation of reggae artists coming from all over the planet. Over the second half of 2013 the two singles “Dig Dig Dig” and “Extra Love” were released (the latter features reggae legend Tanya Stephens), as a preview of the band’s development. Their third album, entitled “Twinz” is released in June 2014. It is once again produced by Paolo Baldini, has a streamlined line-up (the band no longer has a stable brass section), prestigious international collaborations (Richie Campbell, Sr. Wilson, Forelock and KG Man) and couples the rediscovery of roots music with a deeper knowledge of the newest Jamaican sounds. Mellow Mood subsequently played at Europe’s most important reggae festivals (Rototom Sunsplash, Summerjam, Sziget) and in Southern America. Less than one year later, “Twinz” reveals its twin: “2 The World”, once again published by La Tempesta, bears witness to the creative growth of the band and is enriched by national (Forelock, Andrew I) and Jamaican colaborations (Tanya Stephens, Jah9, Hempress Sativa, Gideon & Selah). The title aims at both underlining the international calling of the band and the work team gravitating around Baldini’d studio, as well as showing how the Italian scene (artists and the general public together) is now ready to find their place on the reggae global landscape.