Sly & Robbie: Blackwood Dub

It's hard to believe: Sly & Robbie, the watch lifters of an estimated 100.000 reggae backings, just got a freshly produced one DubAlbum submitted. I can't remember the last time this happened - it must have been over twenty years. When I unpack my fingers tremble and my mind wander back to the 1980s when I was obsessed Dub-Bought albums of the two. With their output at the time, it was a passion that didn't leave much of their pocket money: “Disco Dub"," A Dub Experience ”,“ Gamblers Choice ”and then the whole 70ties Dub-Albums of the revolutionaries like “Black Ash Dub"," Gold mine Dub"," Outlaw Dub“Etc., which had to be made up for. But not much has happened since then. Dub was dead, at least in Jamaica, and the Rhythm Twins turned to other projects. But now the glorious new work is available: “Blackwood Dub“(Groove Attack) and my expectations are huge. It was not produced by Sly & Robbie, but by a man named Alberto "Burur" Blackwood, whom I only know from one other album, namely "I-Grade" by Chezidek, which was released in 2009 and alongside the vocal CD also an excellent one Dub-CD included. These rhythms have already been recorded by Sly & Robbie. Obviously there is a proven partnership between Blackwood and the two musicians. “Blackwood Dub“Was recorded in the Harry J and Mixing Lab studios and old taxi gang men like Mikey Chung, Dalton Brownie, Daryl Thompson, Robbie Lyn, Sticky Thompson and Skully were part of the show. In other words: the prerequisites for a superb, earth-shattering, simply grandiose Dub-Album are given. But “Blackwood Dub“Become that too? Can the 10 tracks live up to expectations? Or do they inevitably have to disappoint? The clear answer is: both! The rhythms are undoubtedly perfectly played, super tight, precise, clear and crisp. They are also wonderfully composed. Instead of following the classic one-drop scheme, they consist of an interesting polirhythmic chattering beats, artfully interwoven, complex and yet simple - a typical trademark of more recent productions by Syl Dunbar. But besides these - let's call them - “progressive beats” there are also “retrospective” tracks that exactly copy the sound of the 1980s, just like him z. B. on “Disco Dub“Could be heard. Even the wah-wah sounds so typical for Sly & Robbie back then have been reanimated here. That’s really great. Still, the album doesn’t bring me to the excitement I used to feel when I put a new work by the Twins on the turntable. So exciting, interesting and technically perfect the Blackwood DubIt may be, somehow the acoustic stimulus that is perceived through the ears sticks in my head. He fails to get to his heart and stomach. The phenomenon is comparable to a gourmet meal in which you are served a refined froth of a spectacular essence, while your heart craves a simple, steaming plate of pasta. I would have liked nothing better than “Blackwood Dub“Really taste it. But unfortunately I have to go to bed hungry today.

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