There is finally something - longed for by me for a long time: "
Rainford in Dub". Sorry: "Heavy Rain“(On-U-Sound) it says of course. Finally the Adrian Sherwood compositions without Lee Perry's "vocals", but with the occasional trombone playing by Vin Gordons and with progressive, "abstract" Dub-Mixing the On-U-God. And? Solves that Dub-Album what I wished for? I have to admit, at first a cognitive distortion stood in my way: the expectations. It was just too high. “Heavy Rain” didn't convince me spontaneously. On the contrary: the album seemed inaccessible and weak. Complex arrangements, radical, sometimes disruptive mixing and quite reserved bass prevent the album from being overheard in the background. But that is exactly what makes it so strong. Adrian Sherwood has never cared about mainstream and ease of consumption. He was always looking for challenging sounds, disturbing compositions and generally interested in acoustic experiments of all kinds. That's why he and Lee Perry are (actually) a congenial couple. And that's why “Heavy Rain” only unfolds its full effect when you consciously listen and analyze, but let yourself fall into the musical chaos without any expectations or reservations and become fully aware. Then structure and order suddenly reveal themselves and previously disturbing sounds are transformed into fireworks of unheard of ideas and surprising discoveries.
The tip of the iceberg is the first track on the album: “Here Come the Warm Dreads”, which - the title suggests - Brian Eno mixed it. Apparently it was from Perry's legendary work “Revolution Dub“Inspires and cheerfully switches the stereo channels on and off on the track - and also causes a lot of disruption. A little too intentional for me, but from a marketing point of view, a collaboration between Sherwood, Perry and Eno is undoubtedly a brilliant coup. My personal highlights, however, are the two exclusive new tracks “Dreams Come True” and “Above and Beyond”. Okay, to be honest, the two are more “classic” and the beats are clearer and more reduced. Are the other titles too cerebral after all? I would say: it's all in the mix. To put the two pieces at the center of the album and thus to take a break, was a good idea. So: Long write, short sense: Rainford in Dub is actually quite unexpectedly as good as expected.