Not many can do justice to classics, but Judge Roughneck and Fishbone’s Angelo Moore combine for this rework of The English Beat’s classic is effortless. "Mirror In The Bathroom" takes Judge Roughneck's blend of ska & reggae to its peak, paying tribute to both the early '80's British 2-Tone movement and the original jazz-laced ska of Jamaica and infused with soul. The in-studio visual showcases the vibrant energy that radiates from this outfit, plenty of soul and passion to boot.
Judge Roughneck’s vision came to him in the dead of night. He said, "The arrangement for ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’ came to me in a dream. In it, I heard the song how it is in the video; the tempo is slower than the original version, the style is more reggae and dub. I wrote the horn line and added the dancehall chorus. The overall outcome has a more menacing feel to it...not my intention, just the end result! Our director, Matt Nasi had some great ideas for the videos aesthetic. Angelo had a lot to do with the staging and shots as he has the most experience being in front of the camera." And now it's here for all of us to enjoy. Peep the video for "Mirror In The Bathroom" below!
By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor