Bob Marley - "Is This Love" (Redmo acoustic takedown)
Redmo - "Sadi Soul"
Review: Sam Redmore has quietly been doing his thing in hometown Birmingham for some time, crafting soul-soaked re-edits, bootleg remixes and mash-ups that tend towards the tasteful end of the spectrum. Having previously built up a solid fan base via his own Bandcamp page, he's finally made it onto wax. The two cuts featured here are amongst his best. The A-side revision of Bob Marley's "Is This Love" is particularly potent. It strips out the drums, thus emphasizing the genuine sweetness of Marley's original. Flip for "Sadi Soul", an upbeat, headnodding rework of a vibraphone and double bass-laced jazz-funk jam with added hip-hop swing.
Review: 'Music A Fe Rule' is the opener for the Rhythm & Sound label. The tune in its two parts is driven by an offbeat groove combined with a bassline that gives the impression of an electro-esque 2-step track. R&S takes their famous dub processed sound sphere to new heights and Paul St. Hilaire delivers an almost psychedelic, fragmentary vocal track. Killer!
Review: The Rhythm & Sound label in association with NYC based legendary reggae label Wackies - a relationship full of musical respect. This release brings a previously unreleased reggae tune by the Chosen Brothers. The B-side contains the R&S dub interpretation: one of the deepest R&S production so far!
I Have Been Waiting For You (DJ Duckcomb Digimix) (7:19)
Review: Emotional Rescue serve up a balmy curveball cut perfect for the summer months. Glen Ricks "I've Been Waiting For You" was originally released back in 1983 on the highly collectible Seraff label and recently reissued by the label (ERC081). Here, as an accompanying release to that boogie version is a 1990 digital rework for the Xterminator label. With a distinctive swung riddim and smoothly incorporated dubbed out chords, Ricks' vocal channels the most soulful Jamaican deliveries, sealing the deal on this evergreen jam that sounds great in original and version forms. DJ Duckcomb steps up with a tender "Digimix" that retains the dusty crunch of the original with just a little extra bite in the beats.
Review: At the third release on their deep house division Basic Channel keeps introducing new singers. Paul St Hilaire brings in a refreshing reggae flavour to the rather classic deep house set-up. The main vocal mix one A-side is allied with an instrumental on the B-side that reminiscent of Maurizio or Basic Channel releases.
Review: Kenneth Christiansen's Echocord imprint is back and we all know what that means by now: some of the coldest and deepest dub techno this side of the north. This time it's over to Midlands based Tomas Rubeck, who after appearing on a few emerging smaller labels over the last few years makes his big label debut. On "The Blueprint" it's typical of the labels requirements on this dubby and glacial excursion through the coldest of seasons. "Gras" goes for more of a minimal house vibe and has a great groove and swagger about it; kind of thing you could imagine Eli Verveine playing. Finally "Cadence" gets back into cavernous and icy bass therapy, working those dub delays and resonators in tremendous fashion.
Review: REPRESS ALERT: As far as collaborative delights go, this really takes the cake. Miami boogie wildcard Noel Williams, aka King Sporty, throwing it down heavy with legendary Jamaican reggae axe man Ernest Ranglin - as you might expect, the results are incendiary. "Soft Touch" has a hint of the cosmic about it as it romps through insanely catchy chorus chants, stirring brass stabs and Ranglin's sweet licks. "Keep On Dancing" has a more uptempo feel, "In The Rain" slips into a laid back reggae skank and "Be What You Want To Be" turns the vintage disco heat back up. Throughout this wonderful mini LP, the duo switch between each other's strengths and bring out the best in each other, like all good collaborations should.