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Another scorcher from Earl Zero

Last year Spanish producer Roberto Sanchéz put out the acclaimed Earl Zero showcase album And God Said to Man. That was Earl Zero’s first album since 2002.

Now it seems Earl has got inspired and motivated to record more music.

His latest album – Marketplace – is a fusion of reggae, dub, funk, soul and some rock influences thrown into the mix. The result is an album full of surprises, twists and turns. It is also a joy to find some dub version of the tunes.

Marketplace was recorded in California and is produced by guitarist Siahvash Dowlatshai, who has previously worked with bands such as The Devastators and Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble. The backing band on the album includes members of the legendary Roots Radics.

You will find plenty of organ, clavinet and piano as well as some heavy drum and bass grooves. Mystery Babylon Dub, the version of Blackmans Time, is dark and scary with plenty of echoes.

The intro to Do the Rub A Dub feels like the soundtrack to an Arnold Schwarzenegger or Bruce Willis action flick. And its version Rub a Dub Instrumental adds some Mighty Two sound effects.

This album is different from And God Said to Man. That effort was a pure Channel One style roots album. Marketplace is rooted in reggae, but is still a much broader album. It takes a while before it gets under your skin, but once it has, you will love it.

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