Dubmasters Meet Shashamane

Not just reggae, tooDub gone international" - this is shown again by a current, consistently successful release: "Dubmasters meet Shashamane“ (ZIMA). Although it is Dubversion of the self-titled (and recommendable) album by the Polish band Shashamane, the title already contains the "Dubmasters” is the focus. The squad including Umberto Echo and Dubmatix can be seen and heard; they all deliver first class Dub-Mixes that capture the essence of the vocal versions - a comparison confirms this impressively. “No filler, all killer” as they used to say so aptly elsewhere.

It recommends in any case, also in that vocal album listen to it - fine, old-school instrumented roots reggae, performed by a classic BMW line-up including focused, I-Threes-inspired vocals. The Shashamane band not only manage to conjure up the musical vibes of the past, they also optimize them with arrangements that give the vocals and instruments enough space and the best possible impact. The Dubmasters adopt this concept almost selflessly: The Dubs are devoid of any self-portrayal and cannot – at least according to the reviewer – be assigned to the respective mix masters. A round thing, so to speak.

And so it is no longer surprising that such (BMW-)inspired, almost historical-sounding music comes from Poland with a playful naturalness. It just shows once more where the Roots Reggae flag is being held up. And finally: Where the source material is good, it can also be used Dub-Mix nothing can go wrong. Two thumbs up for them Dubmasters and the Shashamane band!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

2 replies to "Dubmasters Meet Shashamane"

Here I'll make it short.
A nice solid album with nothing to complain about. Also the vocal versions are fine. But to be honest, it's a little too ordinary for me. Especially live it could sound a bit more aggressive for me. The Vocus is too much on the “Good Vibes” for my (at the moment again prevailing taste). I'd like some more "Rub-A-Dub-Style” inna Aggro version. Is a snapshot. It can be completely different on other days, but today and also at the first soundcheck it was a bit too good for me.
I don't know if it's a coincidence or if it's just the way it is, but the "Zion Dub“ by Umberto was the best for me right away Dub on this album.

Cheers …………………. lemmi

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