Jiggy: Translate – Indian/trad/dance melange lost in translation

Thu, Jul 27, 2017, 12:39

   
 

Album:
Translate

Artist:
Jiggy

Label:
Self-released

Genre:
World Music

A “fusion of Indian rhythms, Irish traditional music and cutting-edge dance grooves” sounds like a recipe for disaster – but if Ed Sheeran can debase trad music for his own purposes, why not Jiggy? The Irish band, formed by percussionist Robbie Harris in 2014, make a fair fist of integrating that odd melange of sounds. At best, as on Ócam an Phríosúin and the dancey Silent Place, they just about pull it off, while the garbled Taraka sounds like a Moby remix. At worst, as on the diddly-eye overkill of Head Rush, the cod-mystical female vocals on Rasa and the clumsy reggae of Laethanta Saoire, it sounds clunky, forced and a little cringe-inducing. These songs may well profit from a vibrant energy when heard live, but on record, Jiggy’s message sounds a little lost in translation. Facebook.com/jiggy.ie