Jamaican ensemble and production crew Suns of Dub – led by the late Augustus Pablo’s son Addis Pablo – has created a mixtape for VP/Greensleeves by using the label’s extensive catalogue.
Riddimentary is a musical journey and a time travel back to the 70s and early 80s. Addis Pablo and Suns of Dub have selected crucial cuts that have inspired their musical output and in the continuous mix – without any sound effects or mixing wizardry – you’ll find classics from reggae legends like Sugar Minott, Dillinger, Jacob Miller and, of course Augustus Pablo, who kicks off the set in fine style with his Far East sound.
This set is an excellent introduction to conscious reggae and rootsy dancehall and be sure to check slightly lesser known cuts like John Wayne’s Call the Police or Tenor Saw’s Golden Hen.
Innovative Jamaican production duo Equiknoxx Music is behind Shanique Marie’s – formerly Shanz – debut EP Uno, a six track set full of sunny vibes and playful singing.
She started her career as a dancehall artist, but has now moved to a more reggae-oriented sound. Her first love was however jazz, which can be traced on Walk Away, on which she showcases her powerful vocal abilities in the latter part of the song.
The arrangements are often airy, which give Shanique Marie plenty of space to flex her voice over the bass boosted beats. Check for example the piano-driven opening track Talk or the R&B-flavored Breezy Day.
Best of the bunch is however the fierce Sweet & Dandy – not to be confused with the Maytals tune of the same name – and the edgy Dub Me, which is co-produced by Suns of Dub and underpinned by a fusion of sounds from unreleased Augustus Pablo tapes.
Shanique Marie and Equiknoxx Music are obviously full of confidence since they haven’t bothered to write either title or artist name on the cover sleeve. Let’s just hope people still discover this fresh and solid release.
Last year Addis Pablo – son of the late and great producer and melodica maestro Augustus Pablo – dropped his stunning solo debut album In My Father’s House. But Addis Pablo has also been involved in Jamaican duo Suns of Dub, together with producer and mixing engineer Ras Jammy.
Suns of Dub have released material sporadically, but now it’s time for their debut album Far East Dub. And despite its title this set is not a fully-fledged dub album, even though six of the twelve tracks are dub workouts. Four are melodica lead by Addis Pablo and two have Trinidadian singer Jah Bami on microphone.
Far East Dub is slightly different compared to their previous releases, which has been a bit more digital. This album is soft, deep and organic with meditative and dreamy vibes and Addis Pablo connects the dots between his father’s legacy and a more contemporary sonic landscape.
This is a bold and unique album and almost the opposite of the current EDM craze and top 40 music. It’s mostly instrumental, relaxed and it takes a few listens to fully appreciate all of its glorious details, but after a while you have fallen in love with tracks like Far East Median with its desolate trombone sounding from a far or the muscular bass on album opener Eastern Acoustic.
Jamaican singer Keida is an emerging talent on the international reggae scene. And just as several other notable Jamaican performing artists Keida started to get enrolled in music while at the Edna Manley School of Visual and Performing Arts.
She dropped her debut single Jamaican Boy in 2009 and has since dropped a number of singles. But her brand new EP Ebb & Flow is her first more full-body of work.
On this seven track set – including a dub version – she enrolls five different producers – Rory Stonelove, UIM Records, Natural High Mystic, Suns of Dub and Royal Order Music. The set includes three previously released singles, including hit songs Ganja Tea and Stand for Something.
Ebb & Flow is a tasty mix of cultural roots and blazing, yet thoughtful, dancehall. Keida is a talented lyricist with a conscious approach. She invites people to use ganja in a positive and meditative way and strives for social change and global love.
This fresh set shows a mature singer comfortable with both up-tempo and hard-edged dancehall as well slower roots. Keida sends an uplifting message encouraging people to change in a positive way.
Two blazing mixtapes were put out today – one from the well-respected UK label Maximum Sound and one from Suns of Dub & Walshy Fire, one third of futuristic dancehall trio Major Lazer.
The Maximum Sound mix is a 20th anniversary mix covering 95 tracks from 1993 to 2013 mixed to perfection by Gussy from Silver Star Sound. It collects a truckload of big tunes, for example Bunny General’s Spy Fi Die, Fantan Mojah’s Stronger and Captain Sinbad’s Worldwide Rebellion. If you need the full tunes – and you probably do – they are easily available as digital download on the compilation Maximum Sound 20:20. Meanwhile, listen over at Soundcloud.
The mixtape from Suns of Dub & Walshy Fire is a completely different affair. Suns of Dub is an ethereal two piece group consisting of the late Augustus Pablo’s son Addis Pablo and his partner Ras Jammy. They are the next generation of Rockers International and for this project they have some of their contemporaries onboard – Chronixx, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid and Randy Valentine. But included are also legends like Bob Marley and Luciano.
Walshy Fire has treated the original material brutally. It’s a perfect mess mixing all things with a big, bad and bold bass. It’s a journey through dub, reggae, dubstep and dancehall via hip-hop, drum and bass and electronic dance music.
If you dug Walshy Fire’s treatment of Chronixx’ material from last year, you’ll need this one also. Listen and download via Soundcloud and check the full story behind the project over at LargeUp.