Jamtone - "Use It With Caution Dub" (feat Ital Horns) (3:00)
Review: Here comes a heavyweight, summer ready dub designed for naughtiness. It lands just in time for pubs and bars reopening so expect to hear it bleeding out into he streets form cars, sound systems and balconies as people soak up some rays. The explosive a-side features legendary MC and Brixton local Brother Culture with his "Balance", featuring vocal odes to the herb and wobbling riddims. On the b-side is the superbly heavy "Use it With Caution Dub" where the brass of the Ital Horns takes centre stage alongside dub master Jamtone.
Banton (feat akae Beka & Fikir Amlak - dub) (4:36)
Mighty Negus (feat Benji Revelatio & Dan I) (4:00)
Mighty Negus (feat Benji Revelatio & Dan I - dub) (4:00)
Review: Back in May, Paolo Baldini DubFiles teamed up with hot stepping international sound system crew Imperial Sound Army for a new record entitled Dolomites Rockers. It was led by singer and soundman Dan I, and produced 22 cuts for the real dub heads. Now a selection of the joints from it are served up on their own red hot and seriously heavy 12". There is a fine mix of analog and digital techniques and organic hooks all finished with a future facing synth sound and no messing sense of bass heavy groove on display here. The chest beating "Mighty Negus" (feat Benji Revelatio & Dan I) is the pick for us.
Thriller U - "Give Me Collaterals" (version) (3:31)
Review: Top Ranking Sound continue their fine run of form with another big hitter this July. Frankie Paul leads the charge with "Don't Pressure Me" and its rugged drums, tumbling bass and hooky riffs. all with some summery steel drums layered in to finish things off in Caribbean style. Pinchers take the second slot with the more natty and physical "Grammy", which has a real edge to it as the drums roll on. Things slip into more digital territory on Thriller U's "Give Me Collaterals", which has oodles of echo and reverb to flesh out the bottom end. A second version offers another fresh perspective on this crisp dub.
Review: Top Ranking Sound bring together a wealth fo dub masters for this four track 12". Frankie Paul opens up with a love struck ode that rolls on natty piano chords and is detailed with acoustic riffs to keep things moving. Yellow Man's "Gaze" slows it down, with echoing claps stacked up on top of each other and the sweet piano chords retained. Mikey General then steps up with a version, "I Love You", a tune to tug at the heart strings thanks to the lyrical depth and yearning. A final version of this one closes out a lovestruck package.
Review: Get yourself onto a higher plane with this classic slice of higher regions roots from 1978. Walyn Rickets is now known as Pacey and back in 1978 when he lay this one down was a man in fine form. "Jah Is My Light" is a joyous ode to Jah, creation and the motherland with sunshine keys and rickety drums that are loose, organic, authentic. The version pulls things apart even more and reconstructs a wobbly dub that will rattle your joints loose. Timeless and warm, these two heaters are perfect material for the high summer.
Review: The Lee "Scratch" Perry produced Revelation Time is often said to be a definitive record from the Jamaican canon and is widely regarded as the best album Max Romeo ever wrote. Initially it was only put out in Jamaica in 1975 then two years later in 1977 under the name Warning! Warning! A year after that, the rest of the world was treated with a release, again under a new name, this time Open The Iron Gate. Now it is served up under its original name with all 10 tracks hitting hard and making their mark.