On Mo’Kalamity’s third album Freedom of the Soul she takes a leap forward in terms of song writing and singing. It’s definately her finest set yet.
Once again this Cape Verde native and Paris resident has teamed up with The Wizards to set the musical backbone. It’s a twelve track roots reggae journey accompanied by Mo’Kalamity’s ethereal, fragile and distinctive voice.
She calls for spiritual awakening, change and protest. And she urges her fans to get up of their chairs and make a change for the better.
It works pretty well, especially in the militant and anthemic Overcome, where she is fiercer and more aggressive than perhaps ever before.
Jah Live is underpinned by a rolling bass line and a flute echoing in and out of the mix in the dubwise excursion at the end of the song. Producer and mixing engineer Fabwize has done a tremendous job on Freedom of the Soul.
Mo’Kalamity’s singing may be an acquired taste, but the riddims and the mixing is flawless.
French producers and musicians Bost & Bim have teamed up with mixer and engineer Fabwize for the dub album To Bring the Amazing Dub Monster Back to Life, an album with a cover sleeve and song titles that directly refers to ace mixers Mad Professor and Scientist.
This ten track sonic explosion dubs up some of Bost & Bim’s most well-known tracks and riddims, used both for original vocal cuts as well as mash-ups for their Yankees A Yard mixtape series.
Fabwize has removed most of the vocals, but has on the other hand used a rather generous amount of the original instrumentation and distorted it with lots of delay, echoes and reverb. It’s playful, electrifying and upbeat.
The many highlights include Dub Monster’s Curse, a doomsday version of the Judgement Time riddim, and the head nodding Dub Monster with its militant snare drum and robotic bass line.
When you’ve worn out the vinyl version under the turntable needle I suggest you buy a mp3 version and hang the LP on the wall in your living room.