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Raw digital bangers on Tonto Addi’s Dancehall Showcase

a0022606037_10Keeping up with reggae album releases is hard and I recently came across yet another set released last year. It was German blog House of Reggaeagain – that highlighted Tonto Addi’s debut album Dancehall Showcase, an effort with six vocal cuts followed by its dub version.

For this twelve track set aggressive French sound system deejay Tonto Addi – who today resides in Germany – joined forces with Spanish producer Raggattack. This is an album that takes you back to the mid to late 80s, a time when producer Augustus “Gussie” Clarke had started to experiment with digital and semi-digital sounds. Dancehall Showcase is in that vein, but compared to Augustus Clarke’s sometimes vivid soundscapes, this set has rather sparse arrangements.

The pair’s first track together was We Do the Killing, a tune included on the album but according to an interview Tonto Addi it has a different mix. We Do the Killing is a dancehall banger, and so is several other tracks, especially album opener Slow and the Trevor Junior combination Music a Play. Tonto Addi has a raw, unpolished flow, which clashes nicely against Trevor Junior’s smooth vocals.

Mid to late 80s digital reggae has been popular for some time now and original releases usually means big bucks on eBay. So if you are into the digital sounds but don’t have the cash or want to get ruined check this mean and dark album.


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Webcam Hi-Fi put the B in boom

There are a bunch of European producers that have managed the craft of making vintage roots reggae or early dancehall from the 70’s and 80’s sound contemporary, vital and fresh. Roberto Sánchez of Lone Ark and Ryan Moore of Twilight Circus Dub Sound System are two examples.

Fredread of Webcam Hi-Fi is a third, and probably not as well-known as the other two. He is based in south France and has since 2004 produced numerous riddims voiced by artists such as Earl Sixteen, Tony Tuff and Ranking Joe. The debut album of Webcam Hi-Fi – Livity is My Temple – dropped in 2009, and now it’s time for a follow-up.

Feeding My Faith is written and produced by Fredread and also recorded and mixed by himself in his own studio.

His dynamic, powerful and organic riddims owes much to early 80’s productions by Sly & Robbie, and the analogue effects and syndrums are hypnotizing. Especially the dub versions, which follow singers ranging from El Fata’s and Trevor Junior’s rub a dub style to the mystical laid-back Lyrical Benjie.

Feeding My Faith is an album with live instrumentation including beautiful brass and flute and it catches your attention on the first listen and keeps you skanking throughout the twelve tracks on the limited edition LP or the 17 for the digital download version.

Highly recommended.

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