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Alpha & Omega - Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednega

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Steppas Records, Alpha & Omega are signing up "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego" back. Like its 2017 predecessor “One by One”, the album brings together five vocal tracks with associated ones Dubs in showcase style. Big surprises are not revealed: The British sound system pioneers serve established A&O listening habits in a mystical, monotonous and powerful bass garb. Musically adapted to current production possibilities, the tracks sound fresh, but still don't lose their typical A&O sound. Christine's live bass underlines the high quality of the audio. With Joseph Lalibela, Ras Tinny, Wellette Seyon, Danny Red and Nai-Jah, a cross-section of contemporary roots singers will come together. The latter, with his soft and plaintive voice on “Maisha”, is the highlight of the record. Joseph Lalibela processed, as usual apocalyptically, the story of the three Judean men of the album name in “Steppin in the Fyah”. According to the biblical story, they refused to kneel to the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar and survived the death penalty in a red-hot oven. The majority of the titles take up explicitly religious themes, such as “Jah is Here” and “Hail Him”. Wellette Seyon formulates her messages more abstractly in “Real Eyes Realize”. "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego" provides solid sound system fodder for dance freaks and bass freaks and is available on vinyl, download and streaming.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3 replies to "Alpha & Omega - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednega"

Alpha and Omega were still able to really inspire me with their albums in the late 80s and early 90s. Even if Christine Woodbridge still holds the flag high with her stoic basslines, Alpha and Omega no longer reach me. Somehow the paint is gone.

The worst thing I think is the "drums"!
Where you would normally expect a snare drum, only one tone sounds here, which sounds more like a packet of pasta has fallen on the kitchen floor.
Just do it on the snare Dub Majestros like Paolo Baldini are more different DubEffects as AuO so far on all albums and tracks together.
The different toms on which the drummers make their very special excursions (patterns) and set the very decisive accents are missing.
The bass drum produces the gaaaaaaaaaanze time only mashed potatoes and is more reminiscent of a wine press from which the Africans had to suffer so much
that it only rudiments me in a way DubEcstasy would cross.
That sounds so bad now that I'm almost sorry again. That's why I bring a little light into the dark and say that the basslines compared to before
have become downright varied. But I can't celebrate them for a long time.

"Dub from darknet “…………… .. lemmi

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