A pair of groovers from this legendary Caribbean ensemble – packaged together in one sweet set! On the cover of Message, the group is wearing some pretty sweet leisure suits – and the album's got some equally sweet grooves to match – the bouncy blend of horns, percussion, and guitars we've come to expect from Skah Shak #1! The group's got Haitian origins, but there's a fair bit of Latin in the mix as well – especially in the way the horns come together over the top of the arrangements, often with jazzy flourishes that really help add a new level of melody to the tunes. Most numbers build in long, hypnotic grooves – and titles include "Message", "Aide M Rele", "Pour Demain", "Manman", "Yaveh", and "Zanmi". Doing It features a great batch of funky Haitian tunes from Skah Shah – a group who seem to weave together many strands of music into one unified groove! The rhythms have this really bouncy sort of quality – almost an echo of cumbia, but with stronger African roots – and some of the percussion you'd expect to hear from Cuban music as well – a strong indication of the Caribbean crossroads that spawned the group and their style. Horn parts are especially nice – alto and tenor coming together in these lines that are sharp, yet gliding – and which really help give shape to the tunes. Titles include "Do It", "Racine Core", "A Sandy", "Zoute", "Vie Neg", and "Bon Tan".