Artist: Fidel Nadal Track: "Puerta de Oro" Album: Crucial Cuts Listen
Like many contemporary artists thrown under the reggae banner even though they don't always belong there, Fidel Nadal is an obscure figure with an interesting background and releases that never get the exposure they deserve. For those (like me) who haven't followed his prolific career as a solo artist and member of Todos Tus Muertos, Crucial Cuts is a collection worth grabbing.
This dominating batch of hits, dubs, remixes and other musical tidbits shows Nadal to be a talented arranger, vocalist and musician. Originally included as the title cut of a 2004 album, "Puerta de Oro" shows how killer he can be without words -- putting forth shadowy rhythms and peppered percussion that bounces, sways and haunts.