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Restless Mashaits: Goulet Sessions 2003-20013

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When researching some Dub-Acts I feel like an investigative journalist. Every bit of information I pull from the web is preceded by a tortuous click path over obscure pages. Some Dubheads seem to be such introverted nerds that something like self-marketing just doesn't occur to them. The Restless Mashaits this undoubtedly includes: website under construction, only photos are posted on Facebook and of course no artist info on Soundcloud. That much is clear: behind the restless Mashaits are bassist and percussionist Stuff and keyboardist Jill, two Dub-Addicts from Geneva who have been reggae and since the early 1990s Dub to produce. The first decade of their work is on the album Kingston Sessions 1992-2002 documented. Now place them with the Goulet Sessions 2003 - 2013 (Addis Records) testimony over the past decade. While they were finishing the Kingston Sessions (with pre-produced rhythms) in Jamaica, the Goulet Sessions hint at a secret location in Europe. According to information posted on Facebook, Dean Fraser, Jonah Dan, Stepper, Deadly Headly and Scully were involved. So much for the facts. Let's come to the tasting: The album begins with a grandiose instrumental, which, driven by wind instruments, opens the session with enormous dynamics. The next one Dub makes it clear that even after twenty years at the controls, the two Swiss have become anything but mild with age. They develop theirs in a determined, steady, powerful but not brutal manner or for a quick effect Dubs. Everything is well balanced, the basslines gentle but powerful, the arrangements reserved but inspired, the mix without smug effects, but very solid. Does that sound like a draw? By no means! The track Ghetto blues could be the acoustic definition of “uncompromising”: such a stoic bassline, such a consistently repetitive arrangement and such a soulful, classic one Dub-Mix have rarely come across me. In addition, fantastic brass sections and fine brass solos - everything fits here. And we're only at track 4! This is followed by 7 more tracks that are in no way inferior to the beginning. A superb one Dub-Album that already made me want to Sessions 2014-2024 awakens.
Rating 5 stars

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Tomas Hegert: Dub på Svenska

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The now legendary jazz album was released in 1964 Jazz on Svenska (Jazz in Swedish). On it the pianist Jan Johansson interpreted old Swedish folk songs as jazz instrumentals. It was a groundbreaking album in Sweden that sold over a million copies and had a major impact on the development of Scandinavian jazz. One dark winter night, 46 years later, another Swedish musician, Tomas Hegert, probably inspired by the minimalist sound of the original album, consisting only of piano and a deep, calm acoustic bass, decided to start a new musical project: Jazz on Svenska in Dub! Now the result is available as a download album and bears the proud title Dub på Svenska. It is by far the most exciting and at the same time the most beautiful Dub-Album I've come across in the last few months. Hegert congenially transforms Johansson's warm sound into finely arranged and at the same time powerfully dynamic Dub-Beats, which are not infrequently used by rather atypical instruments such as z. B. an acoustic guitar. The melancholy, beautiful melodies of the old folk songs, once interpreted by Johansson exclusively on the piano, now sound, played by instruments such as xylophone, accordion, trombone, melodica or violin, almost floating above the earthy sound of drum & bass. What sounds pretty weird in the description is actually the perfect combination of two supposed opposites: how z. B. Chocolate and chilli - the synaesthesia of two worlds. By the way, Hey-O-Hansen have a similar approach, with their combination of Tyrolean mountain music and Dub. The Twinkel Brothers too Inna Polish Stylee come to mind or Mahala Rai Banda with hers Balkan reggae. Even if purists turn up their noses, I believe that Dub was made exactly for this: to dare the experiment.
Rating 5 stars