UK bass music specialist King Yoof has dropped his debut album Homage to the King, a set that has been in the making for years, but never intended for actual release. When recording and producing other bands and artists King Yoof shelved samples and some of those centerpieces have now been reworked and given the dub treatment.
King Yoof grew up in Lewisham, UK, where he from an early age delved into sound system culture. The local sound was Saxon and this album is a tribute to sound system culture and dub masters like King Tubby and King Jammy. The latter’s immortal hit Sleng Teng even receives a version titled King Sleng, a cut that lies close to the original.
Apart from a vocal track with Earl 16 and MC Spee this is a strictly instrumental set where the bass and the drums and getting the full exposure. The vibrant bass lines and pounding drums are complemented by a haunting melodica – courtesy of I-Lodica – on Rum on Ice and a funky sax – played by Raggs – on Barter Town and A New Dawn A New Dub.
King Yoof has previously tampered with several bass heavy genres, especially jungle and dubstep. But Homage To the King is dubby and heavy sound system oriented reggae with a clean production.