Today we take a look back at an album from 2022 – sort of an oldie if you want to look at it that way. And that in a blog that is actually dedicated to the new and fresh! Nevertheless, such a review occasionally pays off - all the more so when it comes to a fine work like the debut of Dub plantation trades. In good old age Dub-Tradition Loud"Beware of the Mega Magic Mushrooms!!“ (DPT), the brightly colored cover seems to demonstrate the worlds one enters – according to the advice of Dub plantation not followed.
Dub Plantage, a conglomerate of international musicians based in Regensburg, was able to come up with a few EPs and singles - they were well received, but can't keep up with the sound of the present album. And the reviewer likes it, bringing back memories of... yes, the RAS Records catalog of the late '80s and '90s. Doctor Dread waited, among other things, once upon a time Dub-Albums by Culture, Israel Vibration and Black Uhuru on; What they all had in common was a rather sparse instrumentation with (sometimes a bit too) much sound space for fine ones Dub-Vibes - see Culture's "Stoned", the Dub to the “One Stone” album, as an exemplary example. Here ties Dub Plantation with a little more verve: the production is clean, the arrangements are kept simple and the instrumentation is beautiful, even if the repeated use of a sound system siren seems a bit too much of a good thing. The reverberation on the crisp bass drum is very pleasing - you almost want to hear Paul Smykle out of it... wonderful. I also think that the total of "only" eight tracks on the album is completely sufficient - beneficial in a time when releases contain 15 or more tracks, regardless of their quality, stuffed in without meaning. Small, fine portions are better than stale-tasting XXL food.
All in all, this makes "Beware of the Mega Magic Mushrooms!!" a recommendation - especially for those who appreciate 80's and 90's productions. It was about time that after the 70's revival, homage was finally paid to the decades that followed!