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Vibronics return with another earth-shaking set

The-Return-Of-VIBRONICSUK roots outfit Vibronics return with another no-nonsense roots and dub album collecting twelve brand new tracks – six vocal cuts and six dub versions. This time they have teamed up with legendary vocalists Michael Prophet and Macka B alongside more contemporary talents like Soom T, Danman, Madu Messenger and I-Mitri.

The Return of Vibronics is militant with intense energy. As usual with Vibronics one might add. The vocal cuts are haunting, dark and dread and the dub versions are crammed to capacity with bass heavy sound system flavour.

This is UK bass music culture of the highest order. Sometimes almost diabolical, like North & South, and sometimes a bit brighter, like Heartbeat, even though it has an apocalyptic bass line.

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Solo Banton’s certified head-nodder

Solo Banton is one of the newest members of the acclaimed Banton clan. He dropped his debut album Walk Like Rasta in 2009 and has since dropped the heavyweight EP Musical Addict, and now his second album Higher Levels.

Higher Levels boasts 15 tracks and has a impressive line-up of producers, including Kris Kemist, Roberto Sánchez, Dougie Conscious, Dubkasm and Nick Manasseh. Together with Solo Banton and his guests YT, Michael Prophet and Deadly Hunta they have made a versatile album with ruthless bass lines, nyabinghi drumming, uptempo ska and head-nodding digital roots.

Solo Banton is a fine lyricist sharing positive and cultural thoughts as well as an talented singjay equally at ease with spitting lyrics and singing faithful praises.

Just check Deya Know, the rough YT collaboration Politician Knockout over the Jacqueline riddim made famous by the late Hugh Mundell in the early 80’s or album opener Me No Know, a clever interpretation of the classic Ba Ba Boom riddim, originally produced by Duke Reid and performed by The Jamaicans in 1967. Here it has got a furious contemporary roots treatment.

Higher Levels is a natural follow-up to Solo Banton’s debut album, and is now available as CD and on digital platforms.

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Mos Def inna Reggae Style

Mash-up galore! Max Tannone, producent och dj, har gjort en platta där han blandar tio låtar från hiphop-artisten Mos Def med lika många reggaerytmer. Resultatet är bländande bra.

Max Tannone har fått det hela att låta helt naturligt. Verkar nästan som att Mos Defs rap är som gjord för de här upphottade rytmerna. Ovanpå rappen och rytmerna har han också mixat in originalsången från ett antal reggaelåtar samt en massa effekter.

Merparten av rytmerna är välkända, exempelvis Johnny Too Bad med The Slickers och 007 (Shanty Town) med Desmond Dekker. Mer oväntade är Underground, hämtad från plattan Superape med The Upsetters, och Black Moon, från albumet Rebel Rock med Third World All Star. Bäst blir det i ösiga In My Math som bygger på Your Teeth In My Neck från Scientist/Michael Prophet.

Max Tannone måste verkligen ha gjort ett hästjobb med att sätta ihop Mos Dub. Det var länge sedan hiphop lät så här bra.

Plattan finns att ladda ner gratis här.

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