First release off Zion Train’s upcoming album

The first release from heavyweight UK dub pioneers Zion Train’s forthcoming album Land of the Blind is a 10” EP with four cuts on the Money riddim.

The EP features vocals from Zion Train regulars like Dubdadda and Fitta Warri as well as Daman.

The Money riddim EP is now available on vinyl and digital download. Check the preview below.

Leave a comment

Filed under News

The four seasons of Fireman Crew

imageAustria’s Fireman Crew has for about six years been building riddims and providing backing for a number of reggae artists, mostly from Europe and the Caribbean.

Their latest production is the Four Seasons Selection, an up-tempo riddim in the one drop tradition. The riddim comes with 13 cuts from a number of well-known artists, including Lutan Fyah, Ras Mac Bean and Da’Ville. It also collects strong efforts from lesser known singers, for example Ricardo Clarke, Zagga and Troy Anthony.

The Four Seasons Selection drops as digital download on September 19.

Leave a comment

Filed under News

Dub rises with Sly & Robbie

After Underwater Dub and Dubmaster Voyage comes Sly & Robbie’s third dub album this year. It’s titled Dubrising and is mixed by Paul “Groucho” Smykle, who is probably best known for Black Uhuru’s The Dub Factor, released in 1983.

In a press release the album is described as “taking you back to the golden age of dub” and being “heavy as lead, yet musical and refined”. And just as Dubmaster Voyage it features dub versions of tracks by Bunny Rugs, Horace Andy and Chezidek, among a few more.

Dubrising drops in November and will initially only be available on vinyl. In addition to the 33 RPM edition, a limited audiophile version will be available on a double 45RPM 12″ pressed on heavy 180g vinyl.

Check how it sounds below.

Leave a comment

Filed under News

King Jammy and Alborosie join forces on new dub album

Legendary producer and mixing engineer King Jammy and Alborosie, the acclaimed Italian/Jamaican singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist/engineer, have joined forces for a new dub album called Reality of Dub.

The set hits the streets in early 2015 and is recorded and mixing using analogue equipment and vintage techniques. Check how they work together below. History in the making.

Leave a comment

Filed under News

An explosive fusion of reggae and hip-hop on Capitol 1212’s debut album

imr020Capitol 1212 are Professa Fresh and Fly T, two Edinburgh based DJ’s and producers that started to make music together in 2007. Since then they have been busy releasing various singles and EP’s on different labels, including their own 1212 Records.

Now, seven years after of honing their craft behind the mixing desk, all of their influences come together on their debut album The Return of Rudy Nacho, an explosive and intoxicating mash-up of hip-hop, ska, reggae and jungle flavoured with a serious dose of carnival vibes.

And sound the air horns, because this is an irresistible and stylish album filled with seductive hooks and infectious melodies set to boastful beats and pulsating riddims. Many genres with big bass lines come together very nicely.

For this album Capitol 1212 has collaborated with vocalists like Tenor Fly, Serocee, Gappy Ranks, Deadly Hunta and Million Dan. And these vocalists battle beats with clever samples. Makin’ Disturbances, with Serocee on the microphone, borrows from Justin Hinds’ classic Carry Go Bring Home, and Daddy Scotty’s Everybody Move Like Robot uses elements from The Uniques’ smooth My Conversation and Hopeton Lewis’ delicate Take it Easy.

Some of the vocalists also need to handle unexpected tempo changes, and the best examples are Lif Up with veteran deejay Tenor Fly on vocals and Murder Dem with the gruff Deadly Hunta. Both cuts start with booming beats and then – suddenly – strobe lights jump in and give you a heart-attack.

The Return of Rudy Nacho collects 13 tracks, including one intro, one interlude with MC Donald D talking about the hip-hop/reggae connection and one outro. The other ten tracks are pure dance floor mayhem, with Gappy Ranks’ grim Born as a Warrior – now available as free download – being one prime example. Check it below.

Leave a comment

Filed under Record reviews

Tour de Force aim to push back electronic dance music to its roots

NYC’s dub crew Tour de Force follow up on their heavyweight debut album Battle Cry, released earlier this year. With Battle Cry Remixed they aim to push back electronic dance music (EDM) to its sound system origins bringing elder Jamaican dub fans together with exuberant club kids.

And to fulfil their aim they have teamed up with a diverse set of producers and mixing engineers to give listeners a whirlwind tour of the worldwide dub community.

This network includes dubstep whiz DJ Madd, raggabass pioneer Dub Gabriel, dublectro kingpin Dubmatix, reggae producer Adam Prescott and dub pioneer Brain Damage, among a few more. The common theme for all cuts is the sound of an old school and high-powered sound system.

“There’s a Jamaican culture of sound systems, and with the rise of EDM, and fans enjoying this music on festival and concert PAs, the time’s right for a stronger connection between electronic music and sound system culture,” explains DJ Q-Mastah, one half of Tour de Force.

Battle Cry Remixed comes with 15 cuts and drops on October 7, and you can listen to a preview over at Soundcloud.

Leave a comment

Filed under News

Vintage rub-a-dub dub from The Giants

coverSwiss trio The Giants comprises the Duke Brothers – Yves and David – along with Pascal Reuse. It’s however the brainchild of Yves and David, and they play bass, organ, keys, trombone, drums and trumpet, while Pascal Reuse adds rhythm and lead guitar.

On their new 18 track album Reel 1 & 2 – Adapted Chapter they have versioned 18 riddims in a vintage dub style. Most of the riddims are well-known and previously much-versioned, including Drifter, World a Reggae aka World Jam and Drum Song. The haunting Drum Song is actually one of my all-time favourite riddims, and this version gets a pretty high rating.

Reel 1 & 2 – Adapted Chapter was recorded during a live studio session on a 8-track tape from the late 80s. And the album certainly has a feel of old school dancehall coming from Channel One with Roots Radics providing the hard and ruthless riddims.

This is clean, organic and vintage dub at its best. There is one mystery with this solid set though. It’s available for free download. Not sure why, because the Duke Brothers have certainly put their hearts and souls in this project. So, grab it now before they change their minds.

 

2 Comments

Filed under Record reviews

Brina transcends borders on new EP

coverA few years back Jamaican singer Brina took me by storm with her uplifting double A-side single Listen/Real Reggae Music. It was later followed by the diverse album Under the Sun.

Lala Vizuri was partly translated into Swahili for her debut album and now she has decided to go all the way with the Swahili language. Her new EP brings Jamaican reggae to Africa, and it is sung in Swahili. Probably the first time a Jamaican artist has sung songs completely in Swahili.

“I see myself as the successor of my ancestors and, through my music, pay homage to them with every note I sing. Even though I was born in Jamaica, I needed no serious convincing from anyone that I am African,” says Brina in a press release.

Reggae Sauti Za Kiswahili is a Jamaica/reggae/Swahili cross-cultural musical fusion and collects five re-worked songs – of one is a dub version – from Brina’s debut album. Real Reggae Music is for example now Naimba Real Reggae Music with the Afro Cuban Bembé drums closing the song.

Leave a comment

Filed under News

King David style on Young Warrior’s Dub Box

young-warrior-DUB-BOX-ALBUM-FRONT-FOR-DOWNLOADYoung Warrior – son of acclaimed sound system operator, producer and mixing engineer Jah Shaka – follows in his father’s footsteps on his first solo album. Young Warrior Presents Dub Box comes with six instrumentals, each followed by their dub version. It’s UK heavyweight dub in a murderous showcase style.

Young Warrior has learnt his craft over a number of years and has produced a few albums, including Sista Beloved’s Woman of Virtue and Rockaway’s Chapter One. He has also worked with his father along with some of the most renowned musicians and producers on the UK roots scene, for example Gussie P, Mafia & Fluxy and Ras Muffet.

Now he has unleashed the Dub Box with its relentless and propulsive rhythms mixed and produced by Young Warrior himself. It’s a tough dub set, especially the up-tempo album opener War in Kenya and its dub counterpart War in Kenya Dub. Anthemic horns complements the pounding bass line and the ferocious percussion.

Young Warrior’s Dub Box is old school conscious UK dub with its roots in the 80s and early 90s. Warrior style dub that will make his father proud.

Leave a comment

Filed under Record reviews

New single from roots duo Tetrack

artworks-000088805713-do67wb-t200x200Jamaican harmony group Tetrack – probably best known for their work with Augustus Pablo in the late 70s and early 80s – has joined forces with French label Roots Vibes and producer Mr Haze.

The deep and heavy That Day Will Come is on the Western riddim, and the second cut on the 12” is the first international release of Ebene. Both cuts are followed by a heavy as lead dub version mixed by Mr Haze.

The That Day Will Come/Pink Clouds is now available on 12” from various retailers worldwide.

Leave a comment

Filed under News