Music We Listen To, feat. Toots & The Maytals

Genre: Ska, Reggae

The first entry in our new music curation series titled “Music We Listen To” is Toots and the Maytals. This classic Jamaican Ska Band, were first active in the 1960s and came up at around the same time as Bob Marley and the Wailers, when ska was all the rage in Jamaica. Their tune “Pressure Drop” was featured in The Harder the Fall, the Jimmy Cliff movie which was one of the first internationally recognized reggae records. They also spawned a notable cover called 54–47 Was My Number, by Sublime in the 1990s. The band disappeared from the scene as the Second Wave of Ska was developing in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but with the revival of Ska in the 1990s, Toots and the Maytals reformed and have been active since.

Toots and the Maytals are great to listen to while you are working or doing other recreational activities. Play them in your car as you cruise around your town. Play them for your friends. They are both incredibly accessible and also really enjoyable. Great music to chill by.

Below, I present Toots & the Maytals’ Pressure Drop Collection, which gives you a nice sample of their work. And then I encourage you to check out more of their work if you dig this.

This is music we listen to: Toots and the Maytals, from Jamaica