The Breadwinners – a one man show directed by a lad called Al – has dropped a discomix extravaganza on Horus Records. Far As I Can See and Mr Landlord recall mid 70s Jamaica and especially Lee “Scratch” Perry’s work at his famous Black Ark studio. Two raw vocal cuts by City Culture and Stevie are followed by their gritty dub and instrumental counterparts.
Another all-analogue scorcher comes from Israel and Jamaica courtesy of Kalbata & Mixmonster featuring veteran vocalist Little John and organ maestro Kutiman.
Prisoner in Love is the first singles taken from Kalbata & Mixmonster’s debut album Congo Beat the Drum, set for release on April 28 on vinyl, CD and digital download.
When recording the mellow and down-tempo Prisoner in Love Kalbata & Mixmonster aimed for getting the spirit of the late King Tubby and the early dancehall era of the late 70s and early 80s. For this purpose they used a 16-track tape machine and an old analogue mixing desk as their main instruments.
Little John’s singing floats easily on top of the dreamy piano and the deep bass lines. The flip is owned by Kutiman’s organ, who delivers a killer instrumental in proper old school Jamaica style.
Both releases are directly aimed at fans of well-produced and vintage Jamaican roots and early dancehall.
King Spinna Records – founded and operated by Dom and Bob from the acclaimed Blood and Fire Records – have a new album out – The Breadwinners’ Dubs Unlimited.
By the name it sounds like it’s a band or group, but The Breadwinners are actually the alias for 34-year old Alan Redfern from the UK. He is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording and mixing engineer and producer as well as a musician playing drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, percussion and harp. On Dubs Unlimited he is also joined by saxophonist and flutist Stally, who has a soft and relaxed relationship with his instruments.
Over the past five or six years Alan Redfern has produced hundreds of tracks and 15 of these made it onto the album, a mostly instrumental set, with vocals on only one track – Joy, which is voiced by the legendary Big Youth and presented in a discomix style.
Dubs Unlimited is swamped with deep and easy rocking bass lines and pays tribute to old school recording techniques and is a all analogue album, which creates a warm, almost soothing, sound.
The influence of sonic wizard Lee Perry’s sizzling and swirling sound is obvious throughout the whole set, but Alan Redfern is no copycat and has put his own touch to it.
Dubs Unlimited is available on digital platforms, CD and LP, but the vinyl edition doesn’t unfortunately come with the Big Youth track.