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Harsh and haunting on O.B.F’s debut album

Cover _ OBF _ WILDAfter 15 years in the business French sound system O.B.F drop their debut album Wild. It collects twelve exclusive tracks and offers a mix of vocal cuts and dubstrumentals.

Wild is a rough and intense effort to say the least. It’s the hardest kind of futuristic digital UK roots with potent bass lines blasting through the speakers and the haunting synths set a dark and dread atmosphere.

The energy level is high throughout the set and a top selection of mostly internationally recognized artists – the UK, France and Jamaica are covered – showcase their talents on tracks like the excellent Ladies Anthem, performed by I-Leen, and Mr. Williamz’ swinging Poor Man Life.

Two deejay legends also step up to show the youths how things are supposed to be done. Lone Ranger revisits his Style and Fashion and the gruff Burro Banton is heated as usual on Leave it Alone.

A dangerous album directly aimed at burying soundbwoys at any dance.

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Dreamy and atmospheric on Razoof’s Jahliya Sound

artworks-000058252688-3y5sy2-cropGerman reggae producer Ras Uwe aka Razoof turned his musical skills toward electronica in the early 2000s and together with Solar Moon he managed to create dancefloor heat around the globe. But now he has found his way back to the reggae scene.

On his latest album Jahliya Sound this drummer and DJ, who has previously worked with German superstar Gentleman, blends reggae, dub and deep house creating a dreamy, atmospheric and relaxed sonic landscape.

The album was recorded in Germany, Gambia and Jamaica and collects 16 tracks, of which four are instrumental versions, and features a diverse set of artists, including Cornel Campbell, Lone Ranger, Luciano, Mykal Rose, Lutan Fyah, Jaqee, Don Abi, Sebastian Sturm, Naptali and Pa Bobo Jobarteh.

Jahliya Sound is a smooth and ambient journey with plenty of laid-back vibes. It’s odd though to hear vintage artists like Cornel Campbell and Lone Ranger interact with the ethereal grooves. But it works, and especially well on Mykal Rose’s Birdsong, Lutan Fyah’s You Say This, Naptali’s Keep the Faith and Cornel Campbell’s Free Up Di People.

Definately an unusal and unconvential album.

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Foundation rub-a-dub from LA’s Dub Club

foundation-come-again-1A while ago I wrote about two exciting dub releases from LA’s Dub Club, aka producers Tom Chasteen and Tippa Lee. The vocal counterpart has just hit the shelves and it’s even better than the initially released dub albums.

Foundation Come Again collects 20 tracks voiced by 21 Jamaican sound system legends and one newcomer, Natty King. The album is solely based on relicks of a number of immortal and scorching riddims, including gems such as Heavenless and Drum Song, both originally recorded at Studio One in the 60s, and versioned abundantly in the days of early dancehall, when some of the icons on this album had their heydays.

But it’s not only the music that gets a relick, some of the artists reuses lyrics originally sung in the 70s and 80s. Lone Ranger, for example, uses some of the lyrics from his Sat Upon the Rock, and Welton Irie, checks lyrics from his dark and grim Jah Come.

The musicians – especially the riddim section – involved in this project take a relentless taking-no-prisoners-approach to executing the pulsating and thumping riddims into deadly sonic punches. And there are so many highlights on this album I really don’t know where to begin or to end.

You have the ghostly chanting from Dillinger on Around the World, Little Harry’s fiercely aggressive Revolution or Brigadier Jerry & Ranking Joe’s hypnotic head-nodder Meditation Trance. Then there’s 17 other almost equally as great tracks by icons such as Big Youth, Trinity, Jim Brown, the late Ranking Trevor and the sadly under-recorded Tullo T.

Foundation Come Again is definately not your ordinary album of relicks. This one is something else.

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Reggae goes outernational

Rymden är i hetluften just nu. Vår svenske ingenjörshjälte Christer Fuglesang gjorde inatt sin första av två planerade rymdpromenader. Och medierapporteringen är massiv.

I reggaevärlden har man naturligtvis varit i rymden och vänt flera gånger redan. I alla fall på skivomslagen.

Skivomslagen i reggaevärlden kan grovt delas in i fem kategorier. Vi har de religiösa, de sexistiska, de porträtterande och de gräshyllande. Sedan har vi ju förstås rymdomslagen.

Rymdomslagen är – kanske självklart – alltid tecknade och visar ofta artisten eller gruppen som hjälte/hjältar eller något annat tappert.

Vad rymdfascinationen beror på är svårt att svara på. Kanske ligger tjusningen i att rymden är relativt okänt territorium? Kanske beror det på de rymdfilmer som producerades under 60- och 70-talen och som satte sina avtryck.

Under 80-talet var det högsäsong på rymdomslag, och kända namn som Lone Ranger, Mikey Dread och Prince Far I hakade alla på trenden med plattorna Badda Dan Dem,

Lone Ranger

Dread at the Controls

Mikey Dread

respektive Cry Tuff – Dub Encounter Chapter III.

Prince Far I

Men bakom min favorit döljer sig ett skivomslag signerat formgivaren Tony McDermott. Hans tecknade skivomslag till plattan Scientist Meets the Space Invaders från 1981 är fenomenalt – den vinnande faktorn är nog de små Pacman-figurerna som anfaller Scientist i sin superhjälteuniform.

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Scientist möter på sin platta rymdskurkarna. Prince Jammy däremot, förgör dem året efter Scientist på skivan Prince Jammy Destroys the Space Invaders. Även om titlarna påminner om varandra, så är skivomslagen rätt olika, även om dataspelskopplingen är tydlig.

Prince Jammys destroys the space invaders

På den tredje rymdplattan signerad Scientist och Jammy gör de gemensam sak och slår tillbaka. Albumet Scientist and Jammy Strike Back! har ett skivomslag med tydlig parafras till Star Wars-filmerna.

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Även på vår sida Atlanten fattade man tycke för rymden. Brittiska Tradition gjorde plattan Captain Ganja and The Space Patrol där man utforskar rymden i en hyperteknisk farkost.

Captain Ganja

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