• Equators
  • Hot (Stiff America) 1981 

Produced by Rumours keyboardist Bob Andrews, the Equators’ well-integrated (no pun intended) hybrid of ska, reggae and rock (credit the rhythm section all around) is musically, if not lyrically, similar to much of the output of the contemporaneous 2 Tone bands. This all-black sextet leaves out the heavy messages and aims for the feet, making Hot refreshingly unpretentious. Danceable as well as listenable.

[Dave Schulps]