Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sleeper's Record Shack: Instrumentally (MP3 Review)


WWW, December 2007 - Sometimes, you'll hear "Reggae Experts" claiming how DUB really is "Instrumental Reggae". Well, they're wrong and Sleeper is here to proof it with 15 excellent instrumentals!

Before there was a thing called DUB, there were SKA and Reggae Instrumentals. And after there was DUB, there were still Reggae Instrumentals too.

In fact, when King Tubby released his first DUB music, producers like Lee Perry would keep releasing instrumentals and even many of his (Perry's) Dubs shouldn't really be called by that name either.

The difference? Obviously: we hear a full blown band and often one member will play a solo by a horn or organ, in contrast to the heavy drum-and-bass-driven DUB mixes.

Instrumental Reggae can -in many ways- be compared to Jazz. There is a basic rhythm, musicians get themselves in the groove, playing -more often than not- an improvised part on the foundation. There's no place for a vocalist, even if (s)he wanted!

Each and every one of the 15 selections in Sleeper's 9th Podcast is a school example of a pure Reggae instrumental that is not a Dub, will appeal to those Reggae fans that usually don't care about DUB, may even cause the hard core Jazz fan to snap a finger or two...


01. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE - Jackie Mittoo
02. RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE - The Upsetters
03. DECIMAL CURRENCY - The Blenders
04. PANTOMINE ROCK - Glen Brown
05. AFTER THE RAIN - The Skatalites
06. REVENGE OF EASTWOOD - The Prophets
07. WORK YOUR SOUL - The Supersonics
08. FOUND OUT - Duke Reid Band
09. DO IT 'TIL YOU'RE SATISFIED - Skin Flesh & Bones
10. NUCLEAR WEAPON - Ansel Collins
11. FROZEN DUB - Augustus Pablo
12. 30 60 90 - Jackie Mittoo
13. TIME IS TIGHT - Sound Dimension
14. SOLID GOLD - Randy's All Stars
15. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY - The Upsetters



1 comment:

  1. Check out algoriddim too for some serious roots reggae mixing.


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