Destroy Babylon: Dub of Ages Vol. 2: DB Meets Prince Polo

Basically, when a band names themselves after a Bad Brains track, you can almost certainly predict where the wind is blowing from. Destroy Babylon are five friends from Boston, Massachusetts who are both into reggae /Dub, Hip-hop and post-punk ethos have their musical roots. The album "Dub of Ages Vol. 2: DB Meets Prince Polo“Was created in 2010, but that doesn't detract from it.
The ingenious cover alone reminds me of the fantastic cover design by Tony McDermott, with which he made many Scientist albums from his early phase unmistakable. Billy Szeflinski aka Prince Polo, is a Brooklyn, NY resident Dub-Producer, musician and sound engineer. He has been active in reggae since the late 90s and as a sound engineer in the Kennel Studios has already mixed a considerable number of works by some reggae artists. The list ranges from: Eek A Mouse, Lee Perry, I Wayne, Rebelution, and others. Even Clive Chin from VP Records has given a large number of original tapes, which have gathered dust in the studio in Jamaica for over 30 years, to Prince Polo's care for restoration, which also shows the importance of Prince Polo among American sound engineers. There it was for Destroy Babylon It would be a good idea to let the sound wizard from Brooklyn refine a few tracks in their repertoire. Prince Polo's great strength lies in his mixer skills. As an engineer, he is in top form when he takes full advantage of the freedom to create electrifying sound topographies. Unlike many others Dub- Producer Prince Polo uses his special skills to apply the mixing techniques to other genres (z. B. Cumbia) as Dub/ Reggae to apply. So here he is more than predestined to turn the somewhat punk rhythms of Destroy Babylon into a punkydubLink by party.
“Don't Use Your Mind on Me”, “Old Version Way” and “Angry People” are originals by Keith Hudson, a criminally underrated producer from the early days of reggae, I think. Keith Hudson was the first to release a reggae concept album. Lee Perry and The Heptones composed “In Your Easy Chair (Mr. President)” and “Journey Of Dub“Comes from the pen of the pianist / harpist Alice Coltrane. It is therefore clear that we will hear an instrument that is relatively rare in reggae, the harp. She can also be heard in "Blue Eyes Vulture". Despite the many cover versions we are not offered a stale infusion of old, well-known tracks, but a really nice, varied one Dub-Album. I'm really good at it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

7 responses to "Destroy Babylon: Dub of Ages Vol. 2: DB Meets Prince Polo "

As a matter of fact Ras Vorbei !

I really like the cover alone. With the title “Destroy Babylon” I would have expected a steppers offensive at first, but you can also fight Babylon much more intensely and effectively from within. And for this, the sound engineer Prince Polo uses the effects strategically ingeniously and confident of victory. If I described in my last comment how I don't like the effects on the snare time so much, you will now come around the corner with an example, which makes me particularly ecstatic on this point. As is often the case with musicians who are not averse to punk, the sound of the bass sounds as if the strings were stretched almost twice as tight. Something of "warmth" is lost and it feels a bit drier than, for example, with Flabba or Familyman. But that's not supposed to be a criticism at all, I just wanted to say that it was me
particularly noticed. The ingenious one DubDisc from the Bad Brains, for example, is not like that at all, Here the bass bubbles sometimes really thick and creates a through and through,
cozy warmth. But even if the bass comes across a bit drier here, that's fine with me. I'd rather have a dry handshake than a damp hand
which tempts me to wipe my hands dry again on my pants. But I wanted to talk about the drums. I love it when on the snare and actually on all the other drums, the echo and reverb effects extend far into the cenotes of Mexico, when they were dry a long time ago. You can overdo it, but Prince Polo does this exactly to my taste. And all other instruments are very good at that too DubThe framework is maintained, does not play intrusively and supports the “electrifying sound topographies”. A harp is also very useful for me.
It's typical again that I liked “Don't Use Your Mind on Me”, “Old Version Way” and “Angry People” straight away, by far the best. What that was probably again ;-). At the end of the day, that always asks you, "What is jelejen about?"
So that we don't get completely lulled by good vibes and don't forget the seriousness of life, I'll write something again about what I didn't like or didn't like at all. It just has to be because, as a reggae fan, I'm very sensitive to it. “Blue Eyes Vulture” is actually quite ok and the harp suits me very well but here I can
we can hear what a blatant difference there is between reggae and punk or rock music. The fortunately only very short intro consists of chords that simply take my shoes off and fill me with deep inner dislike. In the last third of the DubTunes gets really bad because of this, because you just max out this rocksound a little longer and shoot me completely off my cloud. Dub Spencer and Trance Hill do something like that every now and then, but I always interpret it in a very special way.
They always wonderfully show the contrast between reggae and rock. First everything pulls together and when the reggae groove starts again, you (I) feel how everything relaxes and loosens up again. That's why I have the slogan “Roots Rock Reggae” in “Roots Dub Reggae ”, because I actually have nothing or nothing to do with rock. Exceptions prove the rule ;-)

What's the name of Keith Hudson's first concept reggae album? In any case, I never underestimated this man, but I don't get that much from him. Probably because so many others have always underestimated him, not that much of him has appeared.

"Jona Jona Jona Come Up Now" ………………… .. lemmi

What's the name of Keith Hudson's first concept reggae album?

hi lemmi,

the album is: "Flesh Of My Skin, Blood Of My Blood" from 1974. Very dark sound with nice Nyahbinghi drumming. In my circle of acquaintances, I have made the observation that with Keith Hudson, opinions quickly differ. Personally, I like his (extraordinary) voice but also his - sometimes a bit weird - albums. The only exception is the soul-heavy "Too Expensive" album, which was created after his move to New York and which reveals a nasty ingratiation to the American music market. Even so, the album flopped and Keith Hudson was quickly dropped in thanks to Virgin Records.
Hudson's last album was "Tuff Gong Encounter" with fine Mad Professor Dubs, which only appeared many years after his premature death (38 years).


“The ingenious one DubDisc from the Bad Brains "

Do you also know the answer to the record from Echobeach ?:
“No Hate There? - Bad Brains Conducted By No Hate There - In Dub - Reggae Transformation "
Definitely worth a listen.

"Flesh Of My Skin, Blood Of My Blood" !!!

All right, it's really awesome. Sometimes his singing is unbearable. But it is also so beautifully weird and a bit off track, so that it is really good again. His riddims are something very special.
Another good tip is “Tuff Gong Encounter”. I haven't put them on for a long time, although I found them or find them really good. Not that I underestimated him in the end.
I know “No hate there” from Echo Beach. But only one Dub on one of the samplers. Do you mean a whole album?
In any case, with everything else that I have found from “no hate there”, only hatred comes towards me. For me this is “bad uncle music”. Not necessarily in terms of the text, that doesn't interest me, but the music just sounds "bad".
These are real badvibes! No, it's a matter of taste, my head says, but my stomach says, I have to go to the toilet …………… lemmi

Ok thank you Ras

It's not that bad now, but my daily form needs something better today.

"Destroy Babylon" !!! ………………………… lemmi

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