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Victor Rice: Smoke

Okay okay I know: Not everything is Dub. Not even everything that comes instrumental. But this album is so good that I have to mention it: "Smoke" (Easy Star) by Victor Rice - especially since Victor is in the genre of Dub a very welcome one Dub-Remixer is. Among other things, the Senior All Stars, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill, Dubblestandart, Easy Star All-Stars and yourself Dubmatix used his skills. But so much the New Yorker, who has lived in Brazil for more than 15 years, also remixed and mixeddubbt may have, so little does he produce music under his own name. His new album is only the third in a career spanning more than twenty years. Anyone who takes so much time has to be either lazy or a perfectionist. I think the latter is the case because there is not a single weak note on “Smoke”. It is perhaps the best fusion of reggae and jazz of the modern era that I have ever heard. To be more precise: it is actually ska and “samba rock”, a very jazzy form of Brazilian pop music from the 1960s. This gives the structure: Ska offbeats lay the steady basis for jazz groves floating freely above them, for swaggering wind melodies and funky organ playing. The contrast between the stiff beat on the one hand and the free play of the melody instruments on the other hand makes the incomparable charm. Everything is of course made crystal clear and mixed with great virtuosity. Uh, one thing has to be said to be on the safe side: The bass is not in the front row here. If you can live with that, you should let Victor Rice blow your bass-sticky ears with a little smoke. Does really well.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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