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Tour De Force & Ranking Joe – “Back to Africa” (Dub-Stuy Records)

Tour De Force & Ranking Joe – “Back to Africa” (Dub-Stuy Records)

[DS-SP001] Artwork - FrontAfter very successful  albums (http://dubmassive.org/tag/tour-de-force) Tour De Force crew once again shows us how to be fresh and visionary on the musical market. This time they invited to cooperation legendary DJ Ranking Joe, whose chatting and toasting skills are continuously on a very high level and always carry a conscious, Rastafari message.

In “Back to Africa” he talks about slavery and a spiritual return to the motherland. This serious lyrics is based on a militant, heavyweight steppers with strong horns, classic reggae/dub with solid bass and Tour De Force’s unique style, known since their first releases. On “Battle Cry Remixed” they showed their support for different artists from many musical areas, so it is also on this release – Doctor Jeep’s dancfloor-driven, deep breakbeat remix transforms this rhythmical tune into wild trance beat.

The release is available as 12”/digital download.

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http://www.dub-stuy.com/release/backtoafrica/
http://www.dub-stuy.com/artists/tour-de-force/

Posted by Bedi in Recenzje
Tour de Force – “Battle Cry Remixed”

Tour de Force – “Battle Cry Remixed”

COVER_BATTLECRYSeveral months after Tour de Force’s “Battle Cry” LP Dub-Stuy Records prepared a remix album, available soon as CD/Digital. And I must say that this is a “must have” item for lovers of all colours of dub and its impact on current electronic music. Listening to a remix of one title you are going from DJ Madd breaks to Double Tiger’s deep steppa; Dub Terminator serves you a dubstep flavour, while OnDubGround smashes you with electronic dub madness. Digital sounds of Naram, a reggae groove of Brain Damage or Dubmatix, club beats of Dub Gabriel and more, over 1 hour of good music. 15 tracks made by talented artists, gathered on one release, connected by idea of dub and remix – congratulation Dub-Stuy!

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Posted by yarecki in Recenzje
Tour de Force – “Battle Cry”

Tour de Force – “Battle Cry”

COVER_FRONTWhat is happening in the dub world on the beginning of this year makes me dizzy a bit, of course in the positive meaning. This time I got pinned down by two guys – Double Tiger and DJ Q-Mastah, who created Tour de Force and established Dub-Stuy Records label. They also have their own 15 kW sound system, using which they want to reborn reggae/dub and spread sound system culture in the USA. In their music they connect the old with the new, where reggae meets electronics, that’s how the album is started – in “Battle Cry” standard winds are pierced by a tough bass, characteristic for dubstep. The beginning gives reasons to joy, and the first tune with Brother Culture on the microphone is only keeping us in that mood – in “Roots lyrics” he shows what he has got best. In “Strong to survive” we are attacked by the winds and a huge dose of bass that totally floor us with its interpretation of Sleng Teng with Jahdan Blackkamoore on vocals. After 4 so heavy tunes it’s a dread to think what will be next – here beautiful voice of Jay Sparker in “Old time love” and a great melodica in “Tiger” introduce us to a meditative climate, to dive into sounds served by TDF with help of Luciano. The Brooklyn’s duo knew who to invite to vocally embellish their music, in the succeeding tunes Jay Speaker sings beautifully again, convincing us not to give up and to fight for what’s yours. It’s hard to believe that we are heading to the finish, all the more when we hear the theme from “Satta Massagana” bathed in electronic sauce. For the dessert there is “The Traveler”, which takes us to the Far East and perfectly ends that amazing album. Definitely the TDF duo fulfilled its mission, connecting the reggae inspiration with tough, modern music full of basses, not withering in any of the by the way. Consider Tour de Force’s advice: “So please, put away the headphones and the awful computer speakers” and listen to that album only on a good sounding!

 

Posted by Bedi in Recenzje