November 28, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4|
Dub Incorporation is a band from Saint-Étienne, France. The band formed in 1997 and over the years they have developed a unique style, combining the best elements of reggae, dancehall, dub, ska and even rap. But that's not all, their music is also influenced by African and Arab music with their songs being sung in a mixture of French, English, Arabic and Kabyle (a variety of the Berber language spoken by the Kabyle people in the north and northeast of Algeria).
The band has released five studio albums. The 2003 debut set 'Diversité' was their first nationally-distributed album and as a result they grew very successful locally, playing sold out gigs and selling more and more records. Next came the album 'Dans le Décor'. This 2005 release received rave reviews and they started touring in countries such as Germany, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece and Morocco. The year 2008 saw the release of the album 'Afrikya' that established the band's name as being France's answer to the uprising German reggae. The album was awarded 'Best French Reggae Album 2008' by Web Reggae Awards. The name of the album 'Hors Contrôle' that was released in 2010 pointed to a France governed by the racist president Nicolas Sarkozy and included a guest appearance from Tarrus Riley. The band has done some 300 shows in the past 5 years in 31 countries on 5 continents! Undoubtedly they have become the epitome of the successful European reggae band; indeed the band's live performances have allowed them to establish as the spearhead of the French musical scene abroad over the past ten years.
Their latest effort is called 'Paradise' and offers 12 vocal tracks and one dub tune to close the album. Our impression of the album is one of energy, passion, fun and musical craftsmanship! The combination of the different vocal deliveries of lead vocalists Hakim "Bouchkour" Meridja and Aurélien "Komlan" Zohou is a joy for the ear - check out Better Run just to name a splendid tune. The commanding style of the first track, Revolution, sets the tone of the album; direct, powerful, energetic and full of passion! You can listen to several languages here, one tune Foudagh is sung in Kabyle and is underpinned by a raï/reggae riddim, courtesy of the musical contribution of Alaoua Idir who plays the mandola, a kind of Algerian guitar and percussionist Antony Gatta. This is one of the many top songs on the album, you gotta check this one out fi sure!
The other tunes are sung in French and English. Outstanding tracks enough here! There's the awesome duet with Jah Mason called Only Love, a pounding reggae tune with Jah Mason giving his best inna dancehall style, wicked! The title track refers to the Sarkozy period which has ended, a new era has begun. It's an energetic multi-layered dancehall tune full of energy. Skarra Mucci joins the band on They Want, an addictive raggamuffin styled tune with a catchy hook! On the tune Enfants Des Ghettos we get treated to fine Ethnic contributions of Alif Naaba and Issouf Mounkoro of Burkina Faso and Meta Dia of Senegal. Boom tune! If you want to change styles skip forward to Il Faut Queón Ose, a dancehall styled track with traditional flavours. Ska fans will spin Sounds Good more than once, while Hurricane offers a total different flavour, it comes like hurricane with its marching dubstep inspired riddim and guitar arrangements.
Excellent diversified album!