The Red Gold and Green Machine, “The Look of Love”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.24.14 in Listen to This

Los Angeles reggae/R&B/hip-hop outfit The Red Gold and Green machine are proudly backwards-looking, nicking the basic elements of their songs from styles that have gone before, but reconfiguring them in ways that feel bright and effervescent. Case in point, “The Look of Love.” Its basic groove is lifted from the Dennis Brown classic of the same name; Tonye “Magic T” Aganaba’s bright-eyed vocal recalls classic Lauryn Hill, and dr.Oop has the same cluster-of-syllables rap style as pioneers like De La Soul. It’s as crisp and vibrant as springtime in the city.