Dub Colossus is a collective of pan-global musicians led by UK multi-instrumentalist and composer Nick Page aka Dubulah.
On their fourth and latest album Addis to Omega they take a leap in a partly new direction – from working primarily with Ethiopian artists and musicians to collaborating with singers and players mainly from Jamaica and the UK. It’s a funky reggae fusion nicely wrapped in a dubby package.
Nick Page has flavoured the album with a myriad of different genres – skanking reggae, ethereal dub, booming funk, silky soul, bouncy afrobeat, fresh Latin and hypnotic jazz are all intertwined on this experimental and roaring 15 track album with vocals provided by a diverse set of artists ranging from veteran Jamaican gruff deejay Joseph Cotton to the smoother styles of PJ Higgins and Steel Pulse’s Mykaell S. Riley.
But some of the greatest moments on this excellent album are provided by the beefy Horns of Negus, a horn section that impresses throughout the set. Just listen to tracks like Orpheus Underground, Soft Power or the title track, where PJ Higgins shows her deejaying skills.
If King Tubby would have mixed an album where The JB’s had teamed up with Fela Kuti and The Abyssinians in a studio in Ethiopia it might have sounded something similar to what Nick Page has done on Addis to Omega.