There are a bunch of European producers that have managed the craft of making vintage roots reggae or early dancehall from the 70’s and 80’s sound contemporary, vital and fresh. Roberto Sánchez of Lone Ark and Ryan Moore of Twilight Circus Dub Sound System are two examples.
Fredread of Webcam Hi-Fi is a third, and probably not as well-known as the other two. He is based in south France and has since 2004 produced numerous riddims voiced by artists such as Earl Sixteen, Tony Tuff and Ranking Joe. The debut album of Webcam Hi-Fi – Livity is My Temple – dropped in 2009, and now it’s time for a follow-up.
Feeding My Faith is written and produced by Fredread and also recorded and mixed by himself in his own studio.
His dynamic, powerful and organic riddims owes much to early 80’s productions by Sly & Robbie, and the analogue effects and syndrums are hypnotizing. Especially the dub versions, which follow singers ranging from El Fata’s and Trevor Junior’s rub a dub style to the mystical laid-back Lyrical Benjie.
Feeding My Faith is an album with live instrumentation including beautiful brass and flute and it catches your attention on the first listen and keeps you skanking throughout the twelve tracks on the limited edition LP or the 17 for the digital download version.