Reggae & Dub
Colourbox - Baby I Love You So
From the duo who brought you 'Pump Up The Volume' (as M/A/R/R/S) here's a reworking of the Augustus Pablo track, 'Baby I Love You So' which may have slipped under a lot of people's radar when it was released back in 1986. Unfortunately probably best known for The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme (we like to keep it topical!) I don't think they ever managed to produce anything quite as good as this slice of dubbed-up electro reggae featuring Lorita Grahame on vocals. [Unfortunately no longer available on 12" you'll have to fork out for the decidedly patchy greatest hits (?!) compilation]
Deadbeat - Organ in the Attic Sings the Blues
Back to the new school with this one. After big-ing up Bernt Friedman's electro-dub excursions how could I forget to mention Scott Monteith? One of my favourite artists from one of my favourite labels (~Scape) he's also a software programmer who's worked developing music applications for the likes of Ableton. Check out his website for a download of his very own ensemble for reaktor and live.
Junior Byles - Fade Away
Rhythm & Sound - No Partial
From the 2001 self-titled compilation album, this instrumental is designed to test even the most robust sub-woofer systems.
Rhythm & Sound with The Chosen Brothers - Mash Down Babylon
Such subtleties in this re-invention of the Mash Down Babylon rhythm. Awesome.
Rhythm & Sound with The Chosen Brothers - Making History
How stoned can a groove get?! Spacious enough to let those soothing harmonies shine through. Reggae re-invented for modern day rastas.
Rhythm & Sound with Shalom - We Been Troddin
More minimal techno reggae dub, this time with Shalom's soulful vocal stylings. A sound of biblical proportions.
Rhythm & Sound with Love Joy - Best Friend
Can't seem to get tired of this - probably one of my favourite tunes - ever! Great lyrics, great slow groove. Absolute perfection from the mysterious German duo.
Rhythm & Sound with Jennifer Lara - Queen in my Empire
From the Burial Mix With The Artists release. Never thought I'd prefer the vocal cuts to the dubs but those vocals perfectly compliment Mark Ernestus & Moritz Von Oswald's sublime production.
Sabres of Paradise - Wilmot
Where do I begin? Andrew Weatherall's Sabresonic is where it all started for me - under the arches at London Bridge music just opened up into the wonderous delights of reggae-tinged techno played by a real live band. Years later I had the priviledge of meeting, and working with, Phil Mossman who'd played guitar in the Sabres, I even Djed at the very same venue but I can never go back to those heady days of 1994 just before Castlemorton accelerated the coming of the criminal justice bill and DIY parties were everywhere and dance music was going to revolutionise the world...
Burnt Friedman - Platin Tundra
Burnt Friedman - Los Corraleros
From the solo album 'Con Ritmo', another slice of dextrous rhythms and fine art sequencing.
Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players - The Big Black Other
Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players - Hard Drive Dub
It's so hard to categorise Burnt Friedman or Bernd Friedman... Electronics? Jazz? Dub? The man with many aliases and in so many bands (check out Flanger on Ninja Tune) somhow manages to be consistently brilliant and continually innovative. I just love that distinctive platic squelch sound he gets to his bass. Quality.
The Congos - Fisherman
Ready for the Rhythm & Sound 'Fisherman' reworkings box set? Order your copy now...