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Ras Mykha & Roots Ista Posse – “Rootikal Showcase” (Patate Records)

Ras Mykha & Roots Ista Posse – “Rootikal Showcase” (Patate Records)

rootsBoth Roots Ista Posse as well as Ras Mykha are a heavyweight brand which we have mentioned not just once – http://dubmassive.org/tag/roots-ista-posse. This time we are proud to present their joint LP “Rootical Showcase” released by Patate Records. Twelve solid tunes inna heavyweight style, of course as befits soundsystem killers we get 6 vocal and 6 dub versions.

At the beginning like in Alfred Hitchock’s films we have an earthquake due to “Sound System Addict” about known subject. The next solid tune is “Watch I-Self”, which reminds me their big killer “Mighy Jahovia”. After this one Ras Mykha is asking “Are You Ready” to fight for revolution, then in “Heavy Load” they blow me away, both with heavy style and Ras Mykha’s vocal; the dub version is masterpiece. Fortunately Roots Ista Posse respects bodies of their listeners and they slow down a bit in “Falling” and thanks to a beautiful dub version you can give yourself over a meditation. In that way we reach the final track “This is my life” with beautiful lyrics and Ras Mykha’s singing.

A fantastic album for every fanatic of a heavyweight steppers style, solid basslines, great vocals and conscious lyrics.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/ras.mykha
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Roots-Ista-Posse/171810538164
https://www.facebook.com/pages/PATATE-RECORDS

Posted by Bedi in Recenzje
Brain Damage in Jamaica

Brain Damage in Jamaica

10Martin Nathan aka Brain Damage announces a new album and this one will be very special. Due to friendship with Samuel Clayton Jr, sound engineer and internationally respected producer (Steel Pulse / Toots & the Maytals) the doors of legendary Harry J Studio has been opened to him – Martin has got closer to the roots of his favourite genre. The result of this is cooperation with five legendary reggae artists: Horace Andy, Winston McAnuff, Willi Williams, Ras Michael, Kiddus I.

The album will be released in October 2015. Looking forward, this gonna be huge!

Links:

http://brain-damage.fr/

http://www.artik-unit.com/

 

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The return of the dubadub style – Stand High Patrol “A Matter of Scale” LP

The return of the dubadub style – Stand High Patrol “A Matter of Scale” LP

Released in 2012, the debut album of French crew Stand High Patrol “Midnight Walkers” met with a very good reception – they served us original blend of music, which they described as dubadub – melting pot of various beats, from hip-hop to club, from contemplative to heavy climates, all bonded by bass and  dub spirit.

Album artwork by Kazy Usclef

Album artwork by Kazy Usclef

The new album contains 13 compositions, recorded in a home studio within a year, on them we get the return of the dubadub style, which exceeds another boundaries of musical exploration areas. Pupajim, MacGyver and Rootystep do it very bravely, directing to the minimum arrangement (beautiful ballad “Sleep On It”, digital “Routine”) or jazzy elements and compositions (“Tempest”, “Geography”). This side of the album impresses me the most – the combination of trumpet, bass, smooth cymbals, subtle sounds of the piano, it sounds really beautiful … Of course “dubadub musketeerz” have not forgotten how to move people from the seats – whether it’s with bouncy “Gambling Johnny”, hip-hop flavoured “Ruckus” or heavyweight dubs – “Warehouse”, “The Bridge” and “The Tunnel” will please fans of dark and heavy sounds.

Vocally Pupajim has moved even further than on the previous album, his extraordinary voice beautifully fits the music and with such interesting compositions he can serve us the entire spectrum of timbres.  You can hear it well, amongst others, in rockin’ “No Matter How Long It Takes”. Lyrically it is also variously, as on the first album – from serious topics to lighter ones, from a story about sad routine to a tale about driving an overloaded track to a sound system session.

The greatest art in creating a diverse album for me is, in spite of appearances, consistency. That despite a large musical blend everything sounds not like a medley. That everything is based on something sticky that glues this diversity. Artists have different ways to achieve this I think and one of them is to have your own style. Stand High Patrol already has it, it is called dubadub and knows no musical boundaries.

Links:

http://www.standhighpatrol.com

 

Posted by yarecki in Recenzje
Kalina in Dub – “Second hand”

Kalina in Dub – “Second hand”

kalinaIn Poland there is not too much dub live acts so I wonder why – when such project appears – it’s not mentioned almost anywhere. So I want to break the silence today introducing a project by Kalina – a man, who played in a reggae band Arkapark, a jungle Hajer Boss and a punk Hercklekot. He describes himself as a producer, author, lyricist and vocalist. Kalina in Dub is his first solo project. On our scene there are a very few people like him – “one man army” living with music. He loves dub so much that he decided to finalise the project no matter what.

Album “Second hand” contains 14 tunes (remixes to be more precise), where the common denominator is dub in its wide meaning. The album is opened by “Ktoś czeka”, where Kalina serves us Asian-inspired melodies introducing to a meditative state, just like in “Dub” – that tune by Jamal gains power in the Kalina’s remix with his beautiful melodica. The next track is remix of Dub Syndicate “Fire Burning” with a lot of echoes and effects – honey for the ears. There is a surprise – a guest appears on the album and it’s Bajka from Fire In The Hole in the tune originally recorded for Hajer Boss but on a dub rhythm, what makes me wonder why she doesn’t appear on dub productions too often. This tune also has a beautiful saxophone part recorded by Janusz Makowski. In the 5th track Kalina faced a Polish reggae legend: Izrael – “See I&I” is a very good version stepping into dubstep climate, with a charming melodica. In the next remix he meets another legend, this time an UK dub one – Alpha&Omega and “Meditation Rock” is one of my favourites from the album, you have to check out how he spiced up that seemingly calm tune. When we approach the half of the album dubstep climate begins to rule, a good examples are “W Korbielowie” and a classic by Bob Marley “Mr Brown”, reminding me of Radikal Guru’s productions – a real soundsystem killer. The next tune is “Nie ma nic” – a remix of Hecklekot, a punk band where he was the vocalist. Here we get a solid dub with a tough bass line, spacial effects and strong lyrics, just like in “Na szczycie” by Grubson. Next we head to “Święty szczyt” (The Holy Summit), a classic track by Kryzys, where Kalina sings a very important for some people lyric that perfectly fits the music. We are getting closer to the end and we get another classic tune of a certain generation – “Centrala” by Brygada Kryzys (my next favourite). The vocals are great and the composition is so varied that after you hear it once you know you will come back to it a lot of times. The last track is “Słoneczko” by Konopians – I really like the original version but I miss something here – maybe too few vocals.

To sum up – if you haven’t heard of Kalina you need to catch up and – if possible – see him live, as it’s best to listen to music like that live, when the artist can afford much more. If you like a lot of bass, full range of effects and echoes then you have to check this album!

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/kalinaindub

Posted by Bedi in Recenzje
Ras Tweed – “Mek A Raise”

Ras Tweed – “Mek A Raise”

10402788_728700397222988_9090329936686887177_nSalomon Heritage label released an LP of one of their favorite vocalists – Ras Tweed, who has performed numberless times i.a. with Kruder & Dorfmeister, Rockers Hi-Fi, Overproof Soundsystem or Kiril Dżajkovski – it’s a man literally living with music.

Album “Mek A Raise” is a collection of 10 tunes (5 with Ras Tweed’s vocals and 5 dub versions). Murray Man, Chazbo, Kibir La Amlak and Hugdanjahman are responsible for the music. There are also some guests on vocals – in “Make a Raise” Ras Tweed gets complemented by Mulu, known from Kibir La Amlak live shows. Her voice beautifully harmonizes with Tweed’s voice, who connects singing with talking in dub poetry style. In “Lion Paw” we can hear Nish Wadada – I consider that tune one of the best on the album. “I am that I am” is a strong accent, it has really heavy rhythm. Musically, the whole album is on a very high level and Ras Tweed’s voice fits it perfectly. Each of the dub versions contains good effects and bass that stays in your head for a long time. I am glad that so good vocalists as Ras Tweed finally released his solo album and shown all of his aces!

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salomon-Heritage/178376032181688

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Dub Dynasty – “Thundering Mantis” (LP)

Dub Dynasty – “Thundering Mantis” (LP)

ASLP002-FRONT-800-562x562Dub Dynasty aka Alpha & Omega Meets Alpha Steppa return. After their debut album label Steppas Records was very active and gave us several nice singles, played on dancefloors all over the world. Finally the time for a LP has come!

“Thundering Mantis” is in some aspects similar to the first album “Unrelenting Force”. Once again we got powerful voices: warrior Ngoni, Ras Tinny, Wellette Seyon, Ciann Finn, Prince David and spiritual guru Mooji. Also we have instrumental tunes and dub versions of vocal ones. But for me this album is much more mature than the first one. In my opinion “Unrelenting Force” is more for lovers of raw “four-to-the-floor” beats. “Thundering Mantis” has something more – from meditative Wellette’s singing to awesome Don Fe’s instrumentals, from steady Mooji’s narration to the strong Ngoni’s message. From a smooth chant (“Blessed Ithiopia”) through african-style beats (“Ever Powering Medicine”), earthshaking “Thundering Mantis” to amazing, uplifting “Blessings” with Cian Finn (my favourite one!). Tracks have a lot of beautiful musical, well arranged parts – horns, melodicas, drums. I do not have to mention about low frequencies. This is the best thing – this album’s diversity is connected by unique, powerful Dub Dynasty’s style. You can still get hypnotized by 4×4 loops and dub space created by echoes and reverbs.

Dub Dynasty return and they are in excellent shape, like on some musical steroids. I hope that they have a good supply of them for next releases.

Links:

www.steppas.com

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