Save It For A Rainy Day - B.B. Seaton

from the single Summertime b/w Save It For A Rainy Day (2012)

B.B. Seaton is a 68 year-old Jamaican musician, songwriter, and producer who has been based in London for several decades. Coming of age in the 1960s, he is well known for his years in early ska bands, such as The Gaylads and The Astronauts.  His songs have been recorded by artists including UB40, Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffiths, and Maxi Priest.

Today, he and his son Richard - a hip-hop producer - run Soul Beat Records.  He is actively re-releasing remixes of his past recordings. This includes Save It For A Rainy Day, a song that I have been really enjoying over the past month.

On the Soul Beat Records web site, it says that B.B. Seaton's ambition is "to write a song that the whole world will sing."  That is one fantastic ambition.  I dig it beyond words.

The song lays a cool Jamaican ska vibe over a dance beat.  I imagine hearing it late night in a tropical dance club.  The song is very catchy and loaded with great hooks.  It can make most any summer party mix.

I particularly like the production.  The instruments are nicely layered and the choices of tones - particularly the melodica - all contribute nicely to the groove.  There is a lot going on in the song, but it never gets overcrowded.  Nice job.

I see that he is playing at The London International Ska Festival in March.  The festival includes other ska bands I've been digging lately, like Mr. T-Bone and Bombskare.  Wish I could be there.

Click Here to watch a montage of BB Seaton songs from a performance in Malmo, Sweden in 2010.