The Elovaters - one of those stereotypical West Coast reggae rock pop outfits you might think. And in fact, at least musically, it is about the same: light-footed reggae, which goes a few more Mys in the direction of elaborate songwriting and can come up with a number of hooks. That may feel like a musical death sentence Dub-Read the universe, where melodies are virtually vaporized and sometimes only float through the sound space like ghosts in homeopathic doses; where the bassline and nothing but the bassline forms the stage on which we like to be fooled into a multidimensional listening experience. However, I warn against hasty judgments that you could make if you read the album "Defy Gravity"And the video for the single release" Meridian "has an impact:
There are penile prostheses, skate and surfboards on the East Coast, as the Boston Elovaters emphasize in their promo videos. That seems to be taking hold and the success proves them right: Long and successful tours are followed by the recording of the above-mentioned album with producer Danny Kalb, who is more appreciated for his work with Beck or Ben Harper than for his isolated reggae productions. For the band, the collaboration with the producer-Kapazunder is obviously a stroke of luck; he puts the focus on melody and lyrics, tight arrangements and an easily digestible, hip sound. That the singer once had a scholarship for opera singing is superficially (thank god) not noticeable; But such a training is undoubtedly helpful to move so easily and accurately through highs and lows of sophisticated polyphonic singing. Overall, a round album that was very well received by the intended target group and catapulted the Elovaters to new heights in popularity.
And that could mean the end of this review, if ... yes, if not the last one Dub-Counterpart for the vocal album would have come onto the market: "Defy Dub“(The Elovaters) appears a full two years after“ Defy Gravity ”and actually surprises with basslines that im Dub-Mix have been excavated and exposed. That takes specialists - these include Gaudi and Victor Rice, among others, who give light-footed pop reggae a certain grounding. But the bird shoots a certain EN Young, who in his Dub-Mixes brings in current and trendy sound effects - so he packs the vocals in the musty box and then lets the tweeters cut up their echoes. One should keep an eye on the boy - as Dub-Mixer, mind you; his own attempts as an interpreter in the reggae genre are still ... well, capable of development.
Six in total Dub Mixers design “Defy Dub“Varied and so give the vocal album a 2020 update - with the younger generation clearly setting the tone and leaving behind something like Gaudi and Victor Rice. The overall result is fresh, catchy and sticks in the reviewer's ear - that may be due to the extraordinary summer 2020, the unfulfilled longing for sun, sea and mild evenings on the beach; maybe also the desire for lightness in challenging times. Who would have thought that the soundtrack would be one of those Dub-Album could be ...