Anyway, having checked them out on My Space, I can see why they’ve attracted a bit of attention, but now Dana (pronounced Day-na) is also doing her own thing. And based on the first of the two songs on this double-A sided single release, it could be that she has to rethink how best to schedule her time.
In many ways, the guitar and attitude on this particular track remind me of a more commercial, but early Skindred – though you have to say that Benji never looked quite this good! ‘Galang,’ is actually a cover of an M.I.A. track and arguably an even better version. It lends itself nicely to Dana’s distinctive Caribbean-lilted voice playing off as it does against the big, dirty and chunky guitar riffs and powerful beat. There’s also a catchy as hell chorus to hook the listener.
However, while ‘Galang’ marks Dana out as being a little different to the majority of current female solo artists, the second track ‘Little Sister,’ is less distinguishing. It’s a good little rocker all right, with a nice danceable beat and lovely little reggae-based breakdown towards the end, but I’ve kinda heard it all before.
Dana grew up amongst the soca and reggae sounds of Trinidad, and if she sticks to this influence then I reckon she could quite easily carve a wee niche for herself in the current market.
(Released through Priestess Records UK on 4th April 2011)
(7.5 / 10)