Dub Club - Foundation Come Again
Dbl Vinyl LP
August 25, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
Los Angeles, California has been Reggae music central for artists, historians and music lovers alike since the 1970's. There's no slowing down! Since 2000, The Dub Club has been THE place to see legendary artists grace its stage and draws huge crowds on DJ nites. Its founder, Tom Chasteen, and veteran Tippa Lee have just released a huge collection of new tracks from Foundation DJ's who have played at The Dub Club over the years. A true testament to the real Dancehall sounds and an amazing feat to pull off (give thanks, Jah Rastafari!!)
Tom Chasteen is a multi-talented producer, DJ, promoter and engineer that thrives off Real Authentic Sound. Tippa Lee (Anthony Campbell) is a true veteran who started with King Tubby's at age 12 and had his first JA number one hit, "No Trouble We" (with Rappa Robert), in 1986 and has played Reggae Sunsplash numerous times before becoming a mainstay at Dub Club. The concept for this project occurred when Tom realized that the artists' songs he was playing were alive and well and willing to come to L.A and perform - so why not take it to the next level? The authentic riddims were laid down at L.A based Kingsize Soundlabs by Chasteen's handpicked musical section. Ras Benjy-drums; Eddie Ruscha-bass; Mark Lightcap/Freddie Flint-guitars; Roger Rivas/Kofi-keys and the legendary Bongo Herman on percussion (wicked riddim section!). These early Dancehall riddims were carried to JA by Tippa Lee, who coordinated marathon voicing sessions at the famed Mixing Lab. The engineering and production was handled by Tom, Dave Trumfio and Mixing Lab staff. This process took several years but well worth it!
Side A opens with the late, great Ranking Trevor on Paper & Pen. A remarkable DJ; he takes us back many years with his lyrical prowess over a thumping riddim. R.I.P Ranking Trevor! Not much has been heard from "The Colonel" Josey Wales since a motorcycle accident some years ago. Well. he's back and hits hard on Hard Time; a rugged reality tune that shows he still has the "cowboy style". Big up, Josey! Chasteen's crew certainly knows how to lay down true riddimwise. Little Harry put out some serious sides as a youthman in the 80's and he's well wicked on Revolution. Lyrics like, "People bring back back the old time Love... tell society to find a solution". Ites to hear from him again! The combination of Ranking Joe/Tristan Palma is great on Bring The Sensi Come. Originally released on Dub Club's "Dubumentary" from a few years ago, the addition of Ranking Joe adds ites dimension to an already rock solid track. Makes you wonder if it was recorded in 1982; it's that good. Lone Ranger has remained consistent since his Studio One days and he's royal on Wicked Dem Come. He brings pure flow along with his trademark vocalisms that have been often imitated by others. Pure command of the mic over a Roots Radicesque riddim.
Side B blasts off with the supremely talented Danny Dread. Many classic songs in his musical basket; it's so nice to hear him tear it up on Every Herbsman Is A Star. Pure fluidity over a riddim that's on par with anything Sly & Robbie, Hi-Times or Roots Radics laid down in the Dancehall glory days. Dillinger's career spans over forty years and he's still going strong. He brings his experience wisely on the Dread Around The World. Over a familiar Dub Club riddim, he chants inna fine style. Tippa Lee offers his urgent delivery on the killer Hey Big Man, a conscious boomshot that cements his status as veteran. Trinity, whose recent "Eye To Eye" album is a total success, enjoys himself on his take of Rolling Stone. His throaty delivery shows he is still one of the top ranking DJ's to come outta yard; top of his game - no contest! The heavily underrecorded Tullo T reemerges with Can't Stop The Ras. A wicked tune that's niced up by the mastery of Bongo Herman. Come back again, Tullo T.
Side C tears open with the Ska soaked combination of Natty King and the late, ultra-great King Stitt with Gimmie Gimmie. A righteous ode to the magic of the 1960's in Jamaica's musical history; King Stitt just humbles you and nuff praises to arguably the originator of DJ trade. May you rest peacefully, King Stitt! Jim "Nastics" Brown has been consistent since his Studio One entrance and is masterful on Sensimilla. His flowing delivery is an upliftment of the highest order over a supremely engineered riddim. Welton Irie was right there at the dawn of the 1980's and he hasn't lost his Zion touch. On Chant Down Babylon, he brings back the memories but with a veteran edge that's very pleasing. BOOMSHOT! The late, great Errol Scorcher is represented mightily with Ride Riddim. He masterfully chants a story about the beginning of his career and his devotion to consciousness, not slackness. Perhaps one of the last songs he voiced; this is a monster track with great musical backbone. Kojak put out some great works in the early 1980's (sometimes with Liza) and his works have been sporadic since but always great. This is the case on Hear Me Now Star. He just tears it up over a Dancehall tight riddim that sounds like it was voiced many years ago. Huge chuune.
Side D opens with the standout selection on this collection. Brigadier Jerry and Ranking Joe link up on Meditation Chant. Over Jackie Mittoo's "Drum Song" riddim, both veterans just chat consciousness like a roaring river. Briggy has only released a few albums in his long career but every song he puts out is impeccable Roots. Max raspect to both. Prince Jazzbo's Black Shadow was released a few years ago, but so nice to hear it again. A reality tune of the highest order. Note: Prince Jazzbo is seriously ill at this writing and donations and prayers are needed for his recovery). The sadly underrated Pompidoo is absolutely great on Selassie I Rule. He mashes it inna Burro Banton style and has a through and true delivery that makes this a solid effort. Big Youth has been active for decades but recently his singles have taken on a royal edge that's the work of The Most High. On Healing Of The Nation, his delivery is so smooth it's like he's having a reasoning with you. His mannerisms have so much emotion it's hard to describe. His best song, well, in a few months! This huge set closes with the inspiring Satta by Robert Mystic. A heartfelt ode to The Most High over a riddim of superior structure.
After listening to "Dub Club - Foundation Come Again", first thought would be this is a compilation of legendary DJ's greatest songs. It's astonishing that such authenticity and capturing of the Real Authentic Sound that is King's Musik is a product from 2013. Well, dreams do become reality. The vision of Tom Chasteen and Tippa Lee to have that sound come back again is in clear view. This is the real deal with Foundation artists at their best with riddims of jaw dropping synchronicity. This is a must have for any Reggae music fan - you will not be disappointed; just amazed at the raw beauty. Highest recommendation! Go deh!!!!