Washington D.C.-based reggae outfit Dale and the ZDubs recently released “Her Melody,” featuring HIRIE, a feel-good reggae rock song for the summer.
“Her Melody” celebrates lead singer Dale Rodman’s release from a three-year prison sentence for a non-violent drug crime.
After the 3-year hiatus, Dale, Miles, Johan, Pat, and Julian went to work during quarantine to put instrumentation and melody behind the lyrics Dale wrote on the inside. Dale also hit up some old friends to be part of the comeback. The result is the current stream of saucy singles including “This Time,” feat. The Elovaters, “Pathological,” feat. Bumpin Uglies, and of course, “Her Melody,” feat. HIRIE.
Dale and the ZDubs’ absolute obsession with performing live is the catalyst of their continuously heavy tour schedule. Dale and the ZDubs have recently shared the stage with heavyweights such as BALLHYOO!, Badfish – a tribute to Sublime, Little Stranger, Kash’d Out, Joe Samba, and Artikal Sound System. High-energy live shows feature multi-part vocal harmonies, along with thick guitar-driven melodies. And sometimes Dale gets pretty close to naked.
“Her Melody” opens on a deliciously fat reggae rhythm, highlighted by a plump, resonant bassline and tight, crisp percussion as HIRIE’s luscious voice warbles overhead. When Dale’s mellow, evocative vocals enter, the tune takes on yummy singjay flavors.
A brief breakdown is followed by HIRIE taking over, imbuing the lyrics with quixotic aromas and oh-so-cashmere tones.
“We don’t even have to try / you always make my heart shine / The only one who makes me fly, fly fly.”
Drenched in warm, alluring textures of reggae tinted with hints of pop, “Her Melody” pampers listeners with a silky-smooth flow.
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