Natali Rizeâ€™s foray into reggae began in 2005 as the lead vocalist, co-founder and chief songwriter of the Australian based Blue King Brown. â€œWaterâ€ was their nuanced single about imperialism in the new world and the video racked-up enough views to take them beyond their down under audience. Rizeâ€™s lyrics were unapologetic about cultural displacement but her delivery made the serious topic sound like uplifting world pop music. New Era Frequency has the same consciousness wrapped in velvet made with consoling rhythms from Jamaican production duo Notis and Rizeâ€™s good-natured vocals. â€œGenerations Will Riseâ€ is fiercely hopeful in a younger generation who will reject mental slavery inside an amicable arrangement of bright riddims and stark vocals from Kabaka Pyramid. Rizeâ€™s politics are always present in each song but she also recognizes love as a force for living. Revolutionaries still need companionship and â€œRebel Loveâ€ featuring Zuggu Dan doubly serves as opposition to the establishment and romantic yearning. Wayne â€œUnga Barungaâ€ Thompson and Jason â€œBig Bassâ€ Welsh of Notis provide a heavier sonic bottom to Rizeâ€™s breezy singing which places them in the reggae and pop worlds at the same time. Her light touch to the microphone is a strategic sell of radicalism without sounding radical. â€œHeart Of Lionâ€ is rebellion disguised as non-threatening reggae but Rizeâ€™s words about â€œTrouble in the jungle take it to the streetsâ€ is another edict to demand changes to the status quo. Rize and Notis ultimately handle their duties well by balancing New Era Frequencyâ€™s politics with feel-good playing which will appeal to the most casual fans of reggae.