Paolo'Dubfiles' Baldini has been a valued and style-defining figure in the flourishing Italian reggae scene for over 20 years.Dub-Scene. He was a founding member of the BR Stylers and The Dub sync He also played bass for a few years for the Africa Unite, which I value very much. During his creative phase to date, Baldini has worked countless times with a wide variety of artists. The last few years in particular have been extremely fruitful. His collaborations with Dubblestandart from Austria and currently the English label Pressure Sounds made an extremely positive impression on me. His current work on Pressure Sounds, "Al Brown & Inner Force: Dub Cutsmixed by PaoloDubI particularly like files' Baldini.
Born in 1934 in Kingston, Jamaica, Al Brown is a relatively unknown reggae artist and much information about him is hard to find even on the web. How could it be otherwise, he also made his first recordings for Coxsone Dodd. A little later he teamed up with the Volcanoes, which then formed the Skin Flesh & Bones, of which Brown also became a member. The Revolutionaries then recruited their cast from the Skin Flesh And Bones. Al Brown released a single album in 1974 entitled Here I Am Baby, a version of Al Green's song of the same name. The title song "Here I Am Baby" was also successful in England and became a minor hit. After that, things got very quiet around Al Brown for many years. A few later singles were "Caribbean Queen" and "No Soul Today", which, however, could not build on the success of the debut album.
It wasn't until 1991 that Al Brown reappeared with his new band, Inner Force. The five musicians and one singer played only one album together with Al Brown: "Al Brown & Inner Force: Be El Ze Bub" a. To date, this album is only available on cassette. Paolo Baldini chose these recordings for his Pressure Sounds project Dubs selected. Seven of the original ten songs – one of them twice – were re-transformed into a psychoactive sound experience. As we did from Paolo'Dubfiles' Baldini are used to, everyone became Dub live at Alambic Studio, no overdubs or post-processing created. Inspired by the analogue techniques of the "Godfathers" of the Dub, King Tubby, Lee Perry, King Jammy and Scientist, Baldini goes to work with great empathy. Fortunately, he builds enough vocal fragments into his remixes, which gives the tracks that certain extra and also ensures the recognition of the soul-heavy original songs. As Paolo Baldini aptly put it himself in the interview: “The main ingredient for a good Dub-Album is, long before Dub-Master, the right songwriting.”
real Dub-Reggae fans will do very well with this album. Paolo Baldini knows how to masterfully edit the tracks artistically without falling into artificial mannerisms. The sound is crisp and clear, exploring dark lows and delicate highs, and refined with echo and reverb where necessary.
Addition: As shown above, the vinyl LP contains a total of seven tracks from the original Be El Ze Bub cassette. One track - Ghetto Situation - was used twice by Paolo Baldini. Not included on the LP were Be El Ze Bub, Here I Am Baby and Daily News.
The CD version of the album was released on January 27.01.2023th, XNUMX and it contains the eight original tracks Dub Cuts from the LP, five additional tracks.
That's why my attention is now on the five new tracks of the CD release. Track 9 “Liquid Dream” – in the original: Mass Liquidation – immediately catches the eye with Mitsuhiro Toike playing the vibraphone, which evokes memories of Augustus Pablo. Mitsuhiro Toike was the keyboardist for the Japanese reggae band Dry & Heavy, formed in 1991. All added to the CD Dubversions are really worth listening to what the Dub Cuts continues to make a thoroughly entertaining and entertaining album. The two are particularly noteworthy Dub-Versions of Daily News. Even if the Italian Dub-Maestro two Dub-delivers versions of the same track, which he does here multiple times, it never gets boring and stays varied. The Dub Cuts end as they began. With "Dub me again part 2” Paolo Baldini sets a beautiful conclusion.
Note: Some of the "new" CD tracks were already released in May 2022 as "Tribulation on the LandEP released.