Real life writes stories that couldn't be more dramatic in any script. Around seven years ago, the Swedish producer and sound engineer Tom Åke Hofwander aka Internal Dread, the King Tubby of Sweden, was killed in a tragic traffic accident in Denmark. The 58-year-old Swede fell out of the tour bus onto the motorway at full speed because he had apparently accidentally actuated an emergency switch so that the side door opened and he fell onto the road. At this point all the other band members were sleeping and the bus driver only noticed the unbelievable misfortune many kilometers later. So much for the accident reconstruction by the Danish police.
Internal Dread founded Rub A in Stockholm in 1987 Dub-Studios and the associated record label. His friend Dennis Bovell is said to have actively supported him with a few mixing tips. Internal Dread also stood as a live engineer for the Dub-Poeten Linton "Kwesi" Johnson and the Dennis Bovell Dub Band at the mixer at some concerts.
In 2008 Internal Dread released the album "Papa Dee Meets The Jamaican Giants" with Papa Dee. The "Jamaican Giants" are none other than the Roots Radics with Earl "Chinna" Smith (lead guitar), Errol "Flabba" Holt (bass) and Dwight Pickney (rhythm guitar), Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace (drums), Robbie Lyn (keyboard) and Lloyd “Obeah” Benton (piano, organ). There are 10 tunes on the album, all (new) interpretations of reggae classics, originally by Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Errol Dunkley, Horace Andy and Jacob "Killer" Miller. One was already being built at this time Dub-Version of the above-mentioned album, which was only released 10 years later as "Papa Dee Meets The Jamaican Giants vs Internal Dread: In Dub”(Black Viking) should hit the market. Papa Dee and producer Kent Gillström have finally taken on the matter and released the long overdue album. The wait was definitely worth it and here, too, the saying applies: Better late than never! Internal Dread has that Dub-Album in classic old-school 70s-Dub-Style with warm grooves worth listening to and perfectly mixed. The well-presented Roots Radics deliver a usual heavy set carried by fat “Flabba” bass lines. Nevertheless, it seems to me as if Internal Dread with its captivating, loosely fluffy analog mix succeeded in giving the Roots Radics a warm, slightly lighter, uplifting sound. The echoes and sound effects of the album, which was released posthumously in 2019, are for me Internal Dreads final greetings from the afterlife.
RIP Tom Åke Hofwander aka Internal Dread and thanx for the music !!!