And again a new Sly & Robbie-Dub-Album. But what one! After the many disappointments of the last few years, in which Sly & Robbie had somehow delivered soulless works, now comes the age masterpiece of the Rhythm Twins! Or? Well, it's more complex. Because although Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare are perhaps the greatest (living) names in reggae right now, they usually have no artistic control over their works. As crazy as it sounds: after almost fifty years in the business, the two are still modest service providers who provide a producer with exactly what he pays them for: drum & bass. The rest is up to the producer. And if at the end an uninspired one Dub-Album comes out, it's certainly not the fault of the two suppliers. Too bad that these mediocre albums are marketed under their names and thus permanently damage the “Sky & Robbie brand”. This is exactly where the misleading lies: A Sly & Robbie album is only a small part of Sly & Robbie. Instead of delivering dutifully, the two should have taken artistic control of their work long ago and were only allowed to publish real “author albums” - like it did z. B. Bob Marley did before them.
How to substantiate this thesis has Dubmatix has now produced this - so much in advance - exquisite Sly & Robbie album. In this way, he demonstrates under laboratory conditions what an absolutely decisive influence the producer has and how much he is responsible for whether the rhythms of the Rhythm Twins shine in the form of beautiful music - or perish as bores. Or, to express it figuratively, whether the rough diamond of the two becomes a real piece of jewelery by means of the cut and setting or just a gem. "It's Sly & Robbie - two of the most accomplished, integral and forward-thinking drum and bass duos in history - I was honored and really eager to have the opportunity to work with their music and see where I could take what they had already recorded and alter it as much, as possible. ", summarizes Dubmatix put together the concept of his new album. It has the meaningful title: "Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix: Overdubbed " (Echo Beach). What a banal, ingenious title, it sums up the concept perfectly: Dubmatix did NOT go into the studio with Sly & Robbie, but rather used older recordings of the two of them and then did NOT just re-create themdubmixes, but re-recorded everything around the drum & bass tracks: “The first thing I did was NOT to listen to the tracks. I loaded up only the drums, bass and some of the percussion parts. It was like having a blank slate. The next step was to look at each track individually and think about where I could take it. As they had already been released as dub tracks I didn't want to re-hash. I wanted to create something unique from each song. When you listen to the album, all 11 songs are different in sound, texture and style. That was intentional. What started out as a Re-Vision became something else entirely, ”explains the Canadian Dub-Master. And now comes the kicker, which is why it was worth reading this excessively long review up to here: After intensive, investigative research, I managed to find the original Dub- Identify albums who DubMatix mentioned. There are: “Blackwood Dub" (2012) and "Underwater Dub" (2014). This is where the fun begins, because if you now listen to the individual tracks in comparison, you will immediately recognize the truth of my opening thesis: Two times the identical play of the Rhythm Twins, but musically fundamentally different results. What was offered in 2012 and 2014 "with perfect craftsmanship" (as I wrote at the time), but ultimately remained anemic, breathes Dubmatix now what was missing before: a soul. What had originally been routinely produced in three days, has now become the subject of an extensive artistic examination. With different musicians and always new ideas, took himself Dubmatix of every single track, occasionally even adding a vocal track and creating an album that is much more than an “overdub“: An original one Dub-Work that shows how the diamond "Sly & Robbie" can still sparkle. "Sly and Robbie Meet Dubmatix ”will be released today, January 19, 2018, and will - that much is already certain - the best DubAlbum of the year.
Interesting interview with Dubmatix on the background of »Overdubbed «.