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Super Hi-Fi: Yule Analog Vol. 2

Sunday we have the first Advent. I can already say one thing today: Because of Corona, it will be an Advent like none of us has known it before.
What could be more than a collection of classic Christmas carols in reggae rhythm and more properly Dub-To discuss treatment?
When I think about Christmas, I have visions of our family celebrations with aunt, uncles, cousins ​​and the singing of Christmas carols with recorder, clarinet and all the cuddles that I hate so much. As the evening progressed, the adults became wider and thicker thanks to Mum's homemade eggnog for the women and the punch with plenty of rum for the men. Then the mood was boiling and the whole thing was almost unbearable. From today's perspective, what would I have given if there was a record like the one by "Super Hi-Fi: Yule Analog Vol. 2“Made it onto the turntable? But unfortunately there was no such awesome thing over 50 years ago.
In medias res: bassist Ezra Gale has once again buttoned up ten Christmas carols with his hi-fiers and a weird, fan-heavy, jazzy mix of Christmas standards with deep ones Dubs and remixes. Ezra Gale and drummer Madhu Siddappa have mastered the art of teasing syrupy grooves from the Christmas classics. For me, the two trumpets are the band's trademark. A pretty cool mix of brash and cheeky "blowers", mixed with a somewhat softer trombone playing à la Rico Rodriguez. The album starts with a “Silent Night” version, how could it be otherwise? A very nice, idiosyncratic version of Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Fairy" from the Nutcracker Suite is also represented, followed by Bob Brown's interactive White Board song, here: "Santa bring me an Echoplex" in Ska rhythm. Very funny! The DubLike “Yule Analog Vol. 1”, they were mixed by Prince Polo - see also “Destroy Babylon".
My conclusion: The jazzy horn section offers us the essence of old standards in a new guise and is made for my ears to survive this dark period of the coming rough nights (December 25th to January 06th). Prince Polo makes “Yule Analog Vol. 2” a very pleasant listening experience again. Who fancy fine horns in reggae style with Dub-Magic is well advised here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

2 replies to "Super Hi-Fi: Yule Analog Vol. 2"

So the sound is not exactly "Super Hi-Fi". I'm inclined to ask, "Bass where are you?" Sometimes I also thought of Victor Rice's sound, but mastered it even worse. And I was probably not completely off the mark, because the first tune that Spotify's “autopilot” offered me after the disc was through was a Dub from Victor.
But also Dubs that don't have the great sound don't have to be completely bad.
Ras Vorbei, you're putting me to the test again here. Brass heavy DubI seldom really enjoy hearing s. Although these are Christmas carols, the wind instruments - from my point of view - are by no means, as I often feel, played honestly. I would even say pretty crazy. At the moment I can't really say whether I'll be able to cope better with it in the long run. When it comes to Christmas, I'm not as tough as you are. If we had to sing Christmas carols at home, I would have run away from home and never come back. I had to, should one of our grandparents visit, sing the Martinslied with my sister. During the entire trip in the car, I couldn't think of a way to get out of this number. In the end we stood in front of my grandparents' apartment door and when it opened I began to cry uncontrollably because I was so embarrassed to have to sing now - in front of my parents and grandparents.
I have no idea why it cost me so much overcoming, especially since I always loved singing at school and also singing to myself here at work all day. However, these are not Christmas carols ;-)

Jingle Bells ……………………. lemmi

Yes lemmi, these Christmas memories left a deep gouge, but survived. As soon as I was able to, I disengaged myself to the chagrin of my parents. When I was 14 I preferred to celebrate Christmas with a few friends in the Peterskirche in Heidelberg. Back then, everything from the hippie to the homeless was represented there for the "alternative" Christmas party with cookies and mulled wine. That went on all night. I still have fond memories of this very pleasant, peaceful atmosphere.
At 14 ??? Yes, that was still easily possible in the 70s and no one would have come up with the idea of ​​violating the duty of supervision. "Helicopter parents" were still an unknown species. My mum always gave me a large tin of homemade cookies that were then distributed among the people. Everyone who could brought a little something. In short, the “holy night” of social outcasts really shaped me for the rest of my life.

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