The little world tour continues. How about reggae /Dub made in Peru? I have to admit, until a few months ago Peru was a black spot on my reggae map. Laguna Pai was founded in Lima in 2008. The seven-person troupe played in Berlin in 2017 and on the Rototom in Italy in 2018. The band presents an unusual mix of reggae and rock. With two guitars, synthesizers, classic keyboards and solid reggae rock rhythms, a new genre was born on the Peruvian music scene alongside cumbia and folklore. Influences from Bob Marley & The Wailers, Pink Floyd, Manu Chao and also the roots of ethnic Peruvian music can be heard in their arrangements and compositions. Occasionally there are also quite groovy guitar riffs, but they have little in common with David Gilmour's (Pink Floyd) atmospheric Fender Stratocaster guitar sound. This is followed by very nice soundscape-heavy synth passages. The themes of the lyrics, sung in both English and Spanish, revolve around: environmental protection, justice, social inclusion, self-reflection and spirituality.
At the end of 2015, Laguna Pai had finished recording their third album "Resiliencia". “We called the album“ Resiliencia ”because the world is currently suffering from a lot of trauma that needs to be overcome. Humanity has to transform itself. It is of enormous importance not only to adapt but also to change and to learn lessons from both good and bad experiences. If we don't do this, we will go the wrong way. ”The band's statement from 2015 is more relevant than ever at the moment.
Ok, back to the topic: So after the band got in touch with Jim Fox, “Resiliencia” was recorded, mixed and co-produced at the Lion and Fox Studios in Washington, DC. The band sees the collaboration with Jim Fox as a stroke of luck, because it was particularly important for the band to find the sound after they had been looking for a long time. Laguna Pai has finally found this sound under the aegis of Jim Fox. That Jim Fox is an outstanding personality for reggae and Dub is, one certainly does not have to expressly emphasize here. According to Laguna Pai, it is thanks to Jim Fox's 40 years of experience that they have succeeded in capturing the spirituality and magic of their reggae. To my delight, Jim Fox sat down at the mixer again in 2017 and for us Dubheads the "Resilience Dubs“Mixed. With these Dubs Laguna Pai are now reaching completely new shores. Jim Fox explores the eleven “Resiliencia Dubs “masterly harmonies and musical arrangements without losing sight of the true essence of the tracks. We can only expect better, more relaxed Dub but no acoustic fireworks. Jim Fox uses all of the experience he has gained in the course of his long work as a sound engineer and studio operator on recordings with: Groundation, Scientist, Black Uhuru, Israel Vibration, Culture and so many others. Especially with Jim Fox's participation, Laguna Pai got a much deeper sound. Precisely because the spherical synthesizer sounds, long guitar and keyboard solos, powerful basslines and drum patterns partly come from different music genres, they preserve the band's unique personality.