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Dub Spencer & Trance Hill vs. Umberto Echo: Too Big To Fail

The Swiss Dub-Quartett around bass player Marcel Stalder has had a lot of nice things Dub-Album heard, always characterized by a typical, hand-played, "raw" garnished with rocking guitar riffs Dub-Sound. Now, for the first time, the Swiss had the opportunity to work with the Munich master mixer Umberto Echo, who brought the band into his studio and immediately recorded an entire album that impresses with its incredible concentration and intensity: "Too Big To Fail" (Echo Beach) . It sounds like it came out of an extraordinarily successful jam session, in which the band found themselves somewhere in the transcendent space of pure sound after hours of playing. The term “psychedelic” comes to mind, which is not used too often in reggae. It could fit here, because if you get involved with this music, you run the risk of losing sight of the boundary between yourself, as a listening subject, and the real outside world. Everything becomes an acoustic space, a virtuality that embraces the entire consciousness. A fascinating trip with the sole drug of music. Incidentally, Umberto Echo keeps his hands off all too obvious effects. Actually the whole album sounds like a live concert, where Echo just cleverly distributes the reverb and otherwise ensures the perfect sound. That's why the flow works so well here. No self-enamored effect gimmicks, no self-realization of the Dub-Master, no intellectual experiments. Keep it simple and straight. Only the title track “Too Big To Fail” is something like a manifesto of the more effective Dub become. But even if Umberto Echo turns the controls more vigorously, the flow will never be broken. As far as I am concerned, it could flow forever.

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