French label and sound system Blackboard Jungle has once again put out a killer release with help from France’s Rockers Disciples and Spain’s Roberto Sánchez along with a few other key musicians.
Sounds From the Ark is a stellar 12 track album where wonderful instrumentals rub shoulders with killer vocal cuts and lethal dub versions. The set is inspired by nature and the classical elements, and with that backdrop a team of musicians, including Rockers Disciples, The Producers, Don Fe and Prince Jamo, created a number of instrumental pieces that later formed into Sounds From the Ark.
The inspiration for this album is clearly showcased by the song titles – Water of Life, Fire Rises and Mystic Wind – and the set is organic taking the listener on a journey from the depths of the oceans to the mountain tops.
A beautiful album. Just as nature.
On a new and excellent ten track set UK’s rootsy vocal duo Reality Souljahs meets France’s Rockers Disciples in a western-inspired showdown.
This rocking and bouncy set is presented in a showcase style where the vocal cuts are directly followed by their fierce dub counterparts.
Blackboard Jungle Showcase Vol. 1 starts off with a haunting tribute to Italian composer Ennio Morricone titled The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. And from there on it’s a conscious and militant rockers fiesta with bad ass bass lines, evocative horns and fuse-blowing dub mixing.
A warm and affectionate tribute to the Jamaican sounds of the 70s, which is now available on LP and digital download.
My first encounter with Senegalese singer Daba Makourejah and French eight piece band The Rockers Disciples, also known as RockDis All Stars, was on the vibrant compilation Musical Raid in 2011. Obviously they worked well together since they have recently put out the album Far Eye.
This 14 track set – of which nine are vocal cuts, five are dub versions and one is an instrumental – is a heavy slice of dense, thick, slow-paced and mesmerizing roots reggae spiced with the jazzy tones of Daba Makourejah.
The organ is put in the front row on several tracks, and this is especially tasty in the hypnotic dub versions. Just listen to the haunting sounds of Dina Diex and Dina Diex Dub or The System is a Fraud and Dubbin’ the System.
The finest moment is however the opening track Calabash Rock, which incorporates great horns, sirens and outer space keyboard sounds a’ la Sly & Robbie, and it also has the same spooky feel as The Specials’ immortal Ghost Town.
Far Eye is the fourth album from Rockers Disciples and is now available on CD and on digital platforms. Vinyl addicts can check the 12” EP, which collects three vocals and three dubs.