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Alborosia: Dub Pirate

The Dub-Alborosie's albums have rarely convinced me. Of course I admire his technical skills and his fixation on analogue equipment also earns me recognition. But his previous Dub-Albums seemed too textbook to me. They lacked creativity, excitement and, above all, the intention to override the rules of good taste. Perhaps the Dubs underlying productions are not strong enough. That is exactly what Alborosie avoids with his latest Dub-Plant: "Dub Pirate” (Evolution Media), because it is based on the outstanding album “Soul Pirate” from 2008, with which he made his breakthrough as a reggae artist. And rightly so, because it is still a brilliant album, but to this day there is no Dubversion. Crazy, since Alborosie is a big fan of Dub and studio work. We don’t know what prompted him now, 18 years later, to grab the old tracks and Dubs from it - of course with his historic studio equipment, which previously belonged to King Tubby or Coxsone Dodd. Alborosie not only uses the equipment of these legends, but also cultivates the aesthetics of his great role models. Therefore, it is not surprising that "Dub Pirate” was mixed in the style of King Tubby. Generous use of echo effects, masterful manipulation of high and low pass filters, virtuoso switching on and off of various instrumental tracks as well as some heavy sound manipulation. On “Dub In his new album “Pirate”, Alborosie is much more aggressive, even radical, with the original recordings. There is no comparison to his later Dub-albums. Perhaps the historical distance to the material was needed to deal with it “destructively”. Dubs of "Dub Pirate” are all remarkable, all killer, no filler. Nevertheless, some stand out in particular. Z. B. "Quiet Dub Blazing”, with the strong echo effects on the guitar that create a surreal and gripping atmosphere. Or “Precious Dub“, a piece that cleverly focuses on the wind section and its powerful, extremely creatively manipulated sounds are fascinating. A particular strength of “Dub Pirate” is undoubtedly the creative deconstruction of Alborosie’s greatest hits. Always nice to recognize echoes of well-known songs and their Dubreconstruction. Fortunately, Alborosie largely avoids the use of vocal snippets. The album particularly shines with “Natural Dub Mystic”, the Dub-Reinterpretation of his collaboration with Kymani Marley. This strong riddim was predestined for a Dub-Treatment, and Alborosie executes it absolutely masterfully. The heart of the track lies in the driving bass line and the recurring brass sections, which are enveloped by crazy swirling, spatial sound effects. A fascinating Dubexperience – like the album as a whole.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

4 Responses to “Alborosie: Dub Pirate”

I will say in advance that if the album appears tactile, I will buy it again. However, I must admit that I hardly notice any difference to all previous Dubs of Alborosie. Maybe because I am not an expert of Alborosie Tunes and Dubs. Too rarely do I feel a desire for Alborosie tunes, let alone Dubs. I find both DubTunes as well as VocalTunes on every disc there are always two or three highlights. I can't really judge his last vocal disc ( Destiny ) because I was not in the mood for Alborosie the first time around and stopped halfway through. I haven't dared to listen to the second half yet. That all sounds pretty negative again but that disguises the fact that I like to listen to Alborosie every now and then. But definitely not a whole vocal album in one go. His Dubs sometimes run completely through but I wouldn't put them on if I had legally treated myself to a couple of really strong bags. The DubWorks by his fellow countryman (the one with the “stupid” tattoos), much better. These old DubPlaying around with the high-pass filters is OK, if you don't use them excessively on the hi-hat cymbals, but there are now much more exciting things to do on an analogue mixer and beyond. Most of the effects that Alborosie seems to be highlighting here remind me too much of the Zero Eight 15 - effects that have always been celebrated in every sound system. Especially sirens and lots of shots from the "Remington Space Gun". That's all OK, but I can't get enough of it.
There are other effects too, but they just don't shock me as positively as Paolo's.
As far as I’m concerned, “the rules of good taste” could have been disregarded even more.
But as already mentioned, it is Dub and far from “stupid” Duband therefore I have to buy something like that again in the end …………….. just because of “Kingston Dub Town“
However, I could swear that this version has been available for several years in the (old) “Deep In Dub Playlist" from gtk and has therefore been in one of my playlists for a long time. If you seek you will find or something like that...

How long …………………. lemmi

The cover isn't exactly a feast for the eyes for my taste.
Could be a “Palm Oil Painting” ……………………. zorro

Well, no question, Brother Albo is an outstanding figure and has done a lot for the reggae, Dub- and Rasta community, but I have a similar situation to lemmi and rarely listen to his entire albums... however, I am very impressed by his gigs and will probably witness his energetic live show again in late summer at the Bierhübeli in Bern...
At the moment there are dubto consume something more interesting for my ears… I am currently completely hooked on the album “A New Era” by Zulu Vibes with features from none other than Macca Dread, Kubix, Ras Divarius and Art-X, to name my favourites (hehe, that’s almost all of them…). This captivates me far more and satisfies my listening experience far more profoundly than “Dub Pirate”, top-class instrumental reggae with Dubmix of every title… What does my Dub-Ear more?

Yo Philipp!

“A New Era” is definitely worth a try. Perhaps there will soon be something for everyone DubFan their own album, since there are so many.
I am also pleased that I have not yet heard a squeaking saxophone
discovered. The wind instruments and the saxophone all play completely within my perceptible and enjoyable sound spectrum. It's similar with the colors. As a colorblind person (red-green weakness) I can't perceive all colors like all those who don't have this weakness. But my world is often more colorful than that of others. I sometimes see a green T-shirt even though it's gray. I always say, "you lack imagination" ;-) my brain even invents colors that aren't there... and now you come ;-)
However, my opinion about the saxophone is very benevolent, because the more often I listen to “Lime Hemp” + “Dub Hemp”, the more I notice how much I like the trumpet(s) and the trombone(s).
To be honest, the saxophone should have stayed in the basement.
When it comes to sounds, I have a chronic weakness for the saxophone, not to say a phobia. Dean Fraser must have read my comments here and now wants to kill me.
There's a whole album out now with the promising title "Kill Dem Wid Sax". I feel extremely threatened by that.
But “A New Era” also offers, for example, a wonderful “Ernest Ranglin guitar” that you can enjoy “On The Road” at any time, whether on headphones or full blast in the car or anywhere else. The jazz fans among the Dubheads will definitely get their money's worth. And I definitely don't have to run away from the violin (?) in "Run Away" because it's played exactly the way I like it. Art - X still likes to play around on the melodica in "Sunrise". Well, if he likes it that way, fine by me, but there's also a bit of "zimbling" on top of that, which isn't so bad without the excessive use of high pass filters. But I wanted to at least mention that I noticed it ;-)
In the DubI haven't noticed anything particularly special about the versions so far. They are very solid, if I'm not mistaken.
In any case, this is also a very successful album, if I may judge it that way.

Normally I would go back into goal now, but Manuel is already there today.
So see you later ……………………… lemmi

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