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Raver Reviews: ‘Kingston All Stars Dubwise’

My top album selection for 2017 is Presenting: Kingston All Stars, a superb roots reggae album featuring a whole host of legendary reggae figures including Sly Dunbar, Mikey “Boo” Richards, Hux Brown, Mikey “Mao” Chung, Robbie Lyn, Ansel Collins, Supersad and Calvin, Dean Barnett, Everton and Everald Gayle, Cedric Myton, R Zee Jackson, Prince Allah, Stranger Cole and Trevor McNaughton. The dub companion to that album Kingston All Stars Dubwise, which is set for a May 5, 2017 release,  is produced by our good friend Moss “Mossman” Raxlen, a Canadian recording engineer and musician.

The foundation of Presenting: Kingston All Stars was constructed by some of the finest sessions musicians ever to grace the studios of 1960’s & 70’s Jamaica. Their instruments were the cornerstone to countless Dub LP’s that began to surface in the early 70’s and continued on into the 80’s creating a whole new genre of music.

As they did back in the early days of dub, the Kingston All Stars gathered together in Kingston, Jamaica at Mixing Lab Studios and laid down a series of riddims that would lay the groundwork for the vocal tracks. Both Greenwich Farm Rasta Prince Alla and Congos falsetto Cedric Myton contribute vocals to the album.

The album kicks off with the Ethiopian jazz vibe of “Kebra Dub,” an impressive tune which pays homage to the Kebra Ethiopia Sound System.  “Dub Ova” showcases Ansel Collins’ keyboard work with Hux Brown’s infectious guitar grooves,  creating a funky rhythm that vibes for days.  The Cumbia-influenced “Reyes Dub,” a tune which combines the fundamental elements of roots reggae with the Latin American kumbja sound, one of the most widespread and unifying musical genres to emerge from that part of the world.  Fusion is the name of the game here and Mossman brings a mix which showcases Spanish guitars, trumpets, and hammering percussion.  “Clappers ” features Sly Dunbar’s deadly drums in a Hux Brown groove that is reminiscent of the classic skanking dub rhythms by The Revolutionaries band.  The tension and release as instruments are brought in and out of the mix is palatable, creating an unpredictable but enjoyable experience for the listener.

Just as he did with Presenting: Kingston All Stars, Mossman creates a sound as vintage and authentic as any I’ve heard in decades on Kingston All Stars Dubwise – a true testament to the style of throwback production employed – live players, live instruments, key microphone placement, and superior mixing.  The music is tight, the atmosphere loose, and the vibes are level from start to finish.

Kingston All Stars Dubwise will be available wherever records are sold on May 5, 2017.

Kingston All-Stars – “Dub Line” [Non-Album Track – Exclusive Official Audio 2017]

Coming on // May 5, 2017
Format // LP // LP
Catalog Nr // RWR 002 LP Limited
EAN // 880319855610

http://www.kompakt.fm/releases/dubwise

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  1. that’s good news. Did Mossmann mix the dubs???

  2. midnightraverblog says:

    Yes, all dubs mixed by Mossman

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