Swiss 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.