Max RubaDub, better known as „The Remix Junkie“ just released his personal milestone. After years of remixing for labels and artists from all over the world, he finally found time to sit down and work on his producer-album. Featuring voices like Luciano, Gappy Ranks, Voicemail or Lutan Fyah this LP brings along a high musical diversity. On 16 tracks he mixes all the different colors which Jamaican Bass music has to offer. Whether it is rub-a-dub, hiphop, steppers, dancehall or one-drop, Max dedicates his debut-album to the love of music.
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After the “Daystar” album between UK reggae and electro pop, City Kay is moving forward in a crossover style offering a powerful and unique new album.
With “Strange Things”, the French band includes a vintage roots touch in a modern electro pop production: references to the reggae golden age are interacting with atmospheric sounds, electro beats, minimalist grain and keyboard inspired by the New York’s school. As we know abstract hip-hop from Roots Manuva now exist abstract roots from City Kay.
The 6 musicians propose many novelties on this new album: a futurist Hip-Hop incursion (“Run For Your Soul”), sounds inspired by science fiction films on a «one drop» groove (“Mad Men”), a downtempo track with some Pop colours (“Tension”), or an electronic beat stepper accompanied by Blues chant (“Man Cultivation Struggle”). And you’ll listen with pleasure to the very special Jay Pharaoh singer’s voice, equally comfortable in spoken word rap and vocalist.
“Strange Things” eponym track’s theme is the Erik Satie “Gnossienne” on an incredible groove, whereas “No Politicians Fool You” includes a speech from the Indian thinker Krishnamurti on a powerful and heady bass.
Musical particularities of the band’s members are spotlighted with “Mind Under Control” sung by guitarist Yoann Minkoff, or the Wailing Souls cover (“We Got To Be Together”) sung by LOEIZ keyboardist and arranger. Nice favour is done to the virtuoso drums of Saymon Roger too. Album is finishing on a legendary featuring with Johnny Osbourne on a track mixing Jamaican Rockers groove and modern Pop notes (“Throw Away Your Guns”).
Visiting new Bass Culture genres, CITY KAY is playing with codes and break down its reggae music until abstraction affirming an incredible artistic singularity.
It’s a useful thing to have in the creative locker, but Laid Blak’s new second full album, ‘About Time’, more than stands on its’ own merits. Core members, DJ Bunjy and MC Joe Peng, easily use every strand of elements that turn their ears and make a musical cocktail that is heady and delicious. There’s something for everyone, regardless of age or musical taste on ‘About Time’. It comfortably straddles styles that cover a range of bases in contemporary reggae music. And most of the time it’s anything but laid back!
“Trying” is the first single from the album, who’s video will be released soon as well.