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Dub Colossus – Addis to Omega (2014)

22-07-2014, 03:19
Reggae | World

Dub Colossus – Addis to Omega (2014)

Artist: Dub Colossus
Title Of Album: Addis to Omega
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Real World Records
Genre: Dub, Reggae, World
Quality: MP3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 1:11:52
Total Size: 167 MB


1. Dub Colossus - Boom Ka Boom (and the Dub Disciples) (4:21)
2. Dub Colossus - Family Man (3:53)
3. Dub Colossus - The Casino Burning Down (5:05)
4. Dub Colossus - We Are the Playthings of the Rich and Famous (4:05)
5. Dub Colossus - Fight Back (4:42)
6. Dub Colossus - Addis to Omega (Amnesis Mix) (5:33)
7. Dub Colossus - Keep On Rocking (6:17)
8. Dub Colossus - Soft Power (4:17)
9. Dub Colossus - Madmen (3:50)
10. Dub Colossus - Mi Dad (3:18)
11. Dub Colossus - A Tale of Two Cities (4:34)
12. Dub Colossus - The Shape of Things to Come (5:46)
13. Dub Colossus - Happy Face (4:05)
14. Dub Colossus - A Voice Has Power (4:03)
15. Dub Colossus - Orpheus Underground (8:03)

If you’re a sucker for BIG horn sections, or something like the sounds of UB40 and Groove Armada, still have a ‘lickle ting’ for Bob Marley and Finley Quaye records and your Pops obsession with Two-Tone, then you’re probably going to like Addis to Omega from Dub Colossus produced by Dubulah aka Nick Page. An album of skatalitic reggae dub delights, all sepia tinged in Studio One nostalgia with some heavy nods to Ethio jazz. This is music for pimped out sound systems, rolled down windows, sounds to make a city sing this summer and grandpop’s ears burn.
Gwan, gwan, gwan — it’s said that this is the new era of rude boys and girls, a time to dress sharp and look dapper — with tunes to boot.
These are new beats to nod those noggins, and in the words of Dub Colossus get “Mashin’ up the sterea.”

Addis to Omega is music for a long journey —to the festival, at the festival and back from the festival. It just feels good. One of those albums you wish you’d found yourself…all warm and nicely mixed up, like a relaxing, cool summer drink. The title track is an anthemic-uniting-BIG-tune, which defies anyone with a pulse not to feel good, as does the end track.

All the voices (mostly PJ Higgins and Dubulah) are warm and harmonizing, fit the beats and heavy bass sweetly and make a person want to enjoy the sunshine right now. These guys have the ingredients for an amazing outdoor gig—there’s an archivist’s mix of Studio One reflections, big echoing B3 organ and some seriously classy brass peppered generously across the whole album courtesy of Horns of Negus (and trombonist Harry Brown—his name’s on the Adele album “21,” and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra).

“Keep on Rocking” has an emotional guitar solo that gets you there (hand on chest), the organ solos are skatalitic and regardless of whether a listener puffs the Dutchie or not, the selection of tunes is wholesome. Tracks like “The Casino’s Burning Down” and “Madmen” would make The Specials smile as much as Bob Marley, Sun Ra or Mulatu Astatke.

There’s something hauntingly “Nature Boy” about “Tale of Two Cities,” all good instrumental arrangements throughout that keep the groove hooked. “The Shape of Things To Come” is a faith union song— East meets West -bows to each other and plays a tune together, with a mesmerizing violin solo by Samy Bishal and a hypnotic vocal by Natacha Atlas.

No two tunes are alike, there’s something unique every track on Addis to Omega with some fun surprises. For the ardent jazz fans, ok this isn’t chopstick waving music, but hair down please, the Sun’s out and sometimes even vamps get tired of nightclubs. Gwan play some Dub Colossus and hydrate with a cool libation.

Personnel: Dubulah (Nick Page): drums, bass, guitars, vocals, keyboards, Dub FX, programming, percussion; Nick Van Gelder: drums; Dani Fabregas: drums; Winston Blissett: bass, vocals; Sebastian Martinez: bass; Bernard O’Neill: double bass, piano; PJ Higgins: vocals; Mykael S. Riley; vocals; Toby Mills: keyboards, percussion; Tim Whelan: piano, zither; Horns of Negus (Ben Somers, Neil Waters, Bob Dowell): brass and woodwind; Paul Chivers: percussion, drums, keyboards; Harry Brown; trombone; Orphy Robinson: vibraphone; Samy Bishal: violin; Boleslaw Usarzewski: mandolins; Simon Smith: melodica.

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