(This text has been machine translated.) In constant flow Dub-Sounds from all over the world, there are occasional productions that stick out like huge boulders. A quick sneak preview is enough to know: Wow, this is something special. Such a rock is the new album of Dub Chronicles: "Simba (Return to the Throne)“(Brothers in Dub). What a sound! Tight, crisp & heavy. "Two soldiers creating the soundscapes of an entire army" - as the two brothers from Toronto describe themselves. If you look at the YouTube videos in which Jonathan and Craig Rattos stoically play their riddims in solitary togetherness, you actually wonder how this army sound can be created with such limited resources. Craig plays the drums and Jonathan sits behind a keyboard on which he plays the piano, organ, melodica and - it is hard to believe - even bass.
The brothers from Toronto have been in my sphere of perception since their album “Kingston” was released in 2018. A year later followed "The TakeOver“Which I wrote enthusiastically about, it breathes the jazz vibe with every note. Now with "Simba" the brothers' third album is in Dub appeared and towers over the two predecessors - even though some of the Simba tracks are based on the recordings of "The TakeOver". Here as there, the jazz vibe is defining, as are the beautiful instrumental melodies. But the arrangements on "Simba" seem even "richer" and more harmonious and the sound even more dynamic. Perhaps that is also due to the third Rattos brother, Ryan, who contributed the guitar here as a guest musician. In contrast to the previous albums, there are also four vocal tunes on “Simba”, which, however, blend wonderfully into the instrumental sound and enrich the overall work with extremely beautiful melodies. By the way, the album is a showcase. The second is that Dub- Version of the first half - mixed by Casey Burnett. Interesting, but not essential. The only thing that really failed: The cover! A lion (with a crown!) In the sunset in front of Mount Meru? Okay, “Simba” was inspired by a Kenja trip by Jonathan (and, as is well known, “Sima” means lion). But does it really make sense to package the trio's idiosyncratic music in such a visual cliché?