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Bost & Bim: Warrior Brass

(This text has been machine translated.) And yet another incredibly good reggae instrumental album: Bost & Bim: "Warrior Brass“(Bombist). I have to admit that I really like good instrumentals, because like Dub they meet an essential criterion: no text. Let's face it: text is pretty overrated in reggae. The times of rebel music and its socially critical texts seem to be over for decades. We have long had to be satisfied with verbal outpourings on topics such as religion, herb or sex or even expose ourselves to homophobic or violence-glorifying philippines. That annoys me - or at least bores me. How nice it is to indulge in pure music. Music that can be completely itself, that does not serve a text message and is degraded to a "backing". That's why I love this latently arrogant tradition in the Dubto let a singing voice fade away in the echo after just a few words ...

But I like good reggae instrumentals not only because of what is missing, but also because of what they have more - and I have to admit that this applies not equally to Dub: The full, rich sound of a full reggae band. I hear p. e. the track “Tommy's Mood”, then not only does the bass squeeze out of the subwoofers, but a whole wall of sound comes rolling towards me. A lush, rich, harmonious and comfortably warm sound, garnished with both gentle and powerful brass sections. Perfectly arranged, superbly played and well produced - reggae with a brass section is always a delight.

By the way, as reggae producers, Bost & Bim are a quite remarkable number - which I didn't really have on my screen. The two French have already produced successful tunes for Morgan Heritage, Chronixx and Winston McAnuff. Matthieu Bost is also a gifted saxophonist, which he impressively proves here on "Warrior Brass". The classic brass section is completed by a trumpet (Manuel Faivre) and trombone (Marc Delhaye). In addition to the three main characters, there are other excellent musicians at work, such as z. B. Ticklah, Horseman or Mista Savona. Incidentally, there are not only wind solos to be heard, other instruments also come into play and take over the lead. Therefore “Warrior Brass” always reminds a little of a jazz album - an association that is not least triggered by the cover design. In fact, however, it is more of an homage to classical Jamaican instrumental music, with many charming quotes (z. B. Lee Perry), small excursions to Nyabinghi and Calypso and two titles dedicated to Tommy McCook and Cedric Brooks.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

7 replies to "Bost & Bim: Warrior Brass"

Nice album, well mixed. If I could have wished for something, it would be a little less sax layering and a little more trombone.
It is astonishing that more and more excellent instrumental albums are appearing again and that classically trained musicians are apparently turning to the genre ... Reggae /Dub can only benefit from this boost in quality, I think. I don't want to implicitly downplay the innovative potential of other artists ... (further) development is essential.

Indeed a very nice album for all those who are really into reggae instruments. I think the riddims and especially “Words Of My Mouthpiece” but also “Tommys Mood” are really great. And I mean “Chillin at 57” from “Bring Back The Amazing Dub Monster Back To Live ”. But with less saxophone and much more Dub. So there is no enrichment here for me (Europeans always think of their enrichment first and foremost) in audible proximity.
Anyway, I can make it short. As much as I like to listen to the instrumentals at first, I now know very well that the saxophone in particular annoys me so much after the second round at the latest that I won't be able to enjoy the riddims. Strictly speaking, the saxophone gelayere or "saxophone gelayere"
already so annoyed that I can't comment on GoodVibes here. To me too much fan is just as disconcerting as a verbal hateful tirade from Capleton or “Zissla”, which is teeming with words and completely ignores a fine melody. Less is more. “Cool and Calm” is my favorite motto. Also or precisely because it is often so difficult for me
falls to stay cool.
This album still benefits the most from the old original riddims from Jamaica! And yes, the sound is really very beneficial. The worse - especially - the saxophone tears me out of this nice gut feeling and causes a loo in my throat and unfortunately also a little anger inna me brain.
Even with “Cedrics Mood” - where the saxophone mostly plays in a more humane frequency, I can't get through without grumbling.

So feel free to let me know again when the album is inna DubVersion with very isolated saxophone appearances, which only through a large part of the DubEffect machinery has been inflated to such an extent that it is even noticeable. Seriously, or rather not really seriously, I would say that this brass band is "old people's music". I am approaching 60 myself, but in my head the youthful madness is still dominant and from my point of view it can always stay that way. The saxophone is too top-heavy for me and doesn't hit my stomach enough, but it presses the bladder much too quickly ..... At my age, that can sometimes go down my pants.

"Yes, what kind of things are you doing, you can't piss your pants" ……………………………… lemmi

"I think the riddims and especially" Words Of My Mouthpiece "but also" Tommy's Mood "are really great."

Hi lemmi,

"Word of my Mouth" is an old Lee Scratch Perry classic from the heyday of the Black Ark. Scratch made dozens of versions of it: Here are a few examples:
a: The Gatherers - Words of my mouth; b: The Upsetters - Words of my Mouth Dub; c: Augustus Pablo - meditation Dub; d: Jah Lion - Wisdom; e: Prince Django - hot tip; f: Lee Perry - The Lion. With such a fantastic source material, Matthieu Bost cannot go wrong either.

“And“ Chillin at 57 ”I mean from“ Bring Back The Amazing Dub Monster Back To Live "to know."

Lemmi, your hearing is simply fabulous because you're right again. "Chillin at 57" is called on the said album: "Baby Monster Bubblin '"

"With such a fantastic source material, Matthieu Bost cannot be wrong either."

In the end, I wouldn't trust myself to be able to judge whether it's wrong
Ras Vorbei. My problem is simply the dominance of the notes on a saxophone.
Or even on the dominance of an instrument. I like blowers only as accompaniment or sometimes as a distinguishing feature or hookline for an instrumental or riddim. There are of course always exceptions. For example, “Warrior Charge” from ASWAD is an evergreen in a High Grade Style or this mega blockbuster tune from Mikey Dread “Roots and Culture” !!! That doesn't feel in the least intrusive to me and gives me strength.

I didn't want to contradict you now, but rather show that I mean yours
I also took the comment to heart.

Greetings inna fine Dub Style ………………… .. lemmi

I know how you meant it gtkriz ;-)

I would just want to add - in order to remove clarity - that it has to be the right music for everyone, of course, so that it releases positive energy. A broadcast TV garden generates so many creeping currents that you can never experience the end, because all the batteries are sucked empty except for the last "Strömeling".
But in the end Bob also sang

"One good thing about music is when it hits you feel no pain."

So far it has always been completely out of the question for me that this could only be about reggae music.

;-) ………………………… .. lemmi

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