Highly popular French band Dub Inc. is the epitome of an independent band. They produce their own albums and they record their own material at their own studio.
On their recently released sixth studio album So What they continue in the same vein as before. Two vocalists trading places in front of the microphone singing socio-political lyrics in at least three different languages over explosive beats and rhythms.
So What is jam-packed with energy and it is no wonder why Dub Inc. is described as a superb live act. Their fusion of rock and roots reggae sounds custom-made for major festivals and larger arenas.
On So What their take on reggae is fused with Latin, the title track, Middle Eastern influences, Maché bécif, dancehall, Fêlés, and hip-hop, the Naâman combination Don’t Be A Victim.
Best of the bunch is however the pounding No Matter Where You Come From with its bulldozing bass line and blazing horn blasts.
Their career is now spanning almost two decades and with So What they show no signs of slowing down.
Dub Inc – one of Europe’s most successful reggae bands – is back with their long-awaited fifth album Paradise, following Hors Contrôle put out in 2010. Over these three years this seven piece band from Saint Etienne, France, has toured the world – from Portugal to the U.S., from Colombia to India and from Germany to Senegal. They have also been subject for the documentary Rude Boy Story.
Paradise collects 13 tracks, of which one is a dubstrumental. It’s a global album with influences from Jamaica and the Caribbean as well as from the Middle East and Balkan. Dub Inc also continues their journey to reach a broader fan base with several songs sung mostly in English rather than French, a pity since the two vocalists sound much better in their native language.
Album opener Revolution is a thunderous and infectious reggae scorcher with its catchy ski-bi-di-bap’s and politically engaged lyrics in both English and French. So is They Want with guest deejay Skarra Mucci, one of Europe’s hottest artists. He certainly outshines Dub Inc’s two vocalists Komlan and Bouchkour with his tongue twisting delivery.
Two of the more odd moments are Hurricane and Il faut qu’on ose. The latter sounds like Dub Inc has teamed up with Korn or another U.S. nu metal band and the former is frenzy accordion-driven dancehall.
This is a diverse and non-cohesive reggae album that will probably appeal to Dub Inc’s many fans across the globe.