Five Star Review

Dub Syndicate: Hard Food


It was that Dub Syndicate, which brought me on the trail of for the first time in 1982 with the album "Pounding System" produced by Adrian Sherwood Dub sat. The house band of On-U-Sound, with Style Scott on drums and Flabba Holt on bass. Two outstanding musicians who also formed the backbone of the legendary Roots Radics. Scott recorded over 20 albums on behalf of the Syndicate (the Roots Radics recordings are uncounted), recorded the tracks with Flabba in Jamaica, then added Over in London in collaboration with Sherwooddubs and finally left the same Dubs mix. Now lies "Hard food“(Echo Beach) proposed the final album of the Dub Syndicate. There won't be another one because Scott was murdered two months ago in his home in Jamaica. A tragic event that makes a sober review of his last work impossible. So it doesn't surprise me that the first track already makes me feel sad because “Sound Collision” sounds one hundred percent Dub Syndicate trademark sound, as if there were no unbelievable 32 years between “Pounding System” and “Hard Food”. At position 4, “Love Addis Ababa” is a melancholy instrumental with gentle winds and a beautiful cello playing. A wonderful one and thanks to its instrumentation for Dub Also a very unusual piece that shows that Scott was still full of musical ideas and would have offered us a lot more exciting music in the future. “Gipsy Magic” is equally beautiful, contrasting the powerful reggae beat with the wistful melodies of a violin. I am very moved by the emotional power of this music. Style, the stylist, has asked a few very select singing guests to join in: Lee Perry (okay, the singing is to be understood relatively), Bunny Wailer, U-Roy, who is here on a version of the "Police in Helicopter" -Riddims toasted and a guy named Magma adding some dancehall vibes. As a bonus there are three more high-class ones Dubs. The crowning glory of a very nice album that is a lot of fun and yet sad.

Rating 5 stars

One answer to "Dub Syndicate: Hard Food "

Yes, I really have to rave about that now. If someone would ask me (nobody does) which reggae band is your favorite band, then I can only say: DUB SYNDICATE !!! There is no reggae act that I have been able to experience live more often. There were at least ten live concerts and if there weren't so many murderers around in this world, I would give myself at least ten more concerts. I think “hard food” is so OBERGEIL that it has become a really tough chunk for me. Because every time I really go for it, it occurs to me that it will be the last one DUB SYNDICATE - album and that I will never see Style Scott live and direct on drums again.
I could cry again ……………. lemmi

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