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'Raise The Dub'

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'Raise the Dub' (LP/CD)
Kelvin Richards debut double album paints an all too familiar picture of growing up in the mid-80s, living for the righteous sounds of roots reggae crackling out of the outlaw FM stations lurking somewhere between Radio 3 and the local mini-cab firm. Of dancing to heavy, heavy funk, two step soul and the roughneck rawness of embryonic hip hop.

This talented multi-instrumentalist has chucked all his many influences into the back of a car and taken them for a herbally inspired dub detour round the echo chamber roundabout and over the techno by-pass.

By the time we reach a service station everyone's getting on famously and the end result is this smoky, hazy mix of ambient moods, funky breakbeats and an impressive bottom end of rumbling sub-bass that may prove equally dangerous to internal organs and amplifiers alike.

It's a skanking good musical cocktail to be savoured loud, preferably late at night, in a horizontal position.

'Raise the Dub' (LP/CD)
Dub is now arising as a major aspect of contemporary and innovative music, in reggae and in the post-rave scene. What was once written off as witless, drug induced meanderings is rapidly becoming an area of increasing quality and imagination.

DFA cross both those schools and more. For Kelvin Richards, the ground-breaking work of King Tubby, Pablo and other reggae dubmasters means the liberation from pop constraints. Dub techniques lend themselves to creative rather than commercial ends, and this double album is no exception. It launches from reggae undertones to trance, swing, ambient, dancehall, house, with funky, elastic sub-bass and echoed horns a-plenty, but with a feeling for a good groove so often absent in this area.

Best tracks are the storming 'Love So Strong', 'Affairs Of The Heart' and 'Music Of Life'. Kelvin Richard is just one of many forging into a new field of musical exploration. Boldy go dubonic braves.

Raise the Dub (LP/CD)
This is primarily the work of one Kelvin Richard who, with a bunch of fine musicians, has constructed a fascinating collection of variations on the dub theme from laid-back funk to chilled-out ambience.

The low-down bass is what makes it hang together pretty well with only the occasional blip (the cheesy Art of Noise-style Real Jack ). But it's tracks such as 'Music Of Life' with its elements of jazz that show that Richard's creative musical thinking is definitely on the right track. A credible alternative to most coffee table albums of the Nineties .

'Raise the Dub' (LP/CD)
Raise The Dub, says on the back file under reggae, dance, ambient. The best tracks are those staying close their source of inspiration (funky funk tracks and dubby dub tracks etc). The killers are Dub Journey and Raise the Dub ; both classically styled and inspired by the likes of King Tubby, Lee Perry, Jah Shaka and Burning Spear. The album works best as background session music. All true dub funs will buy this on LP since clean cut digital sound is foreign to those used to listening to scratched up seven inches and bootleg tapes.

'Raise the Dub' (LP/CD)
Sparse, spacious and seductive, London s DFA simultaneously engage the parts that think and the parts that dance with their intelligent fusion of dub, reggae, jazz, techno and house rhythms. Each element is precisely weighted and then inserted into the lean, elegant mixes to create a decorative clarity of sound, which is prevented from taking off into the ether by resonantly heavyweight dublines.
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