Winston McAnuff and Fixi – Big Brothers

Album Review | Chapter Two Records/Wagram | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

French/Jamaican collaboration featuring 1970s Roots Reggae stalwart Winston McAnuff (Electric Dread, Inna De Yard) and French accordionist Fixi, who pool their respective influences in a hotpot of vibrant rhythms, including Cuban styled piano, reggae, electronica and a shimmering vocal contribution courtesy of Angola’s Pongo (aka Pongo Love) on the pulsating “One Note”. Big Brothers, the second album release by McAnuff and Fixi, follows on from their debut A New Day (2013) and is awash with fine accordion flourishes courtesy of Fixi, with some thoughtful conscientious songs, such as “I Came I Saw, Crying For Love”, the poignant Think and the infectious Cuban-influenced title song, as well as some soulful moments, notably “Sweet Love of Mine”.