In the mid-1970s Tony Aiken and Future 2000’s funky brand of R&B meets Dance with a clear influence of Caribbean and Afrobeat found an audience in New York despite the disco dominance of the day. Their strong arrangements, pulsating beats, and unique orchestrations made them underground darlings. So much so that 1976’s Unity: Sing It, Shout It is considered a joyous, booty-shaking classic to this day.
Aiken has since gone on to work with artists such as Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Chosen Few, and many more. What fewer people know is that Aiken is playing to this day, with the line-up behind him now called Future. On “Liberation” Aiken and the group kick it through 10 tight-snared, lush horn lined, roots reggae cuts reminiscent of the best the genre has to offer.