Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Heartical
Slaving
7" single
September 30, 2005

Artist & tune

  • Little Roy - Only Jah / Basque Dub Foundation - Slaving (Melodica Cut)
  • Edi Fitzroy - Throw Down / Roberto Sanchez - Slaving For A Reason
  • Carlton Livingston - Demolition / Basque Dub Foundation - Slaving (Melodica Cut)
  • Lone Ranger - Original Style / Basque Dub Foundation - Slaving (Melodica Cut)
  • U Brown - Rootsman Skank / Basque Dub Foundation - Slaving (Melodica Cut)
  • Al Campbell - Be Conscious / Anthony Johnson - No More War
  • Mykal Roze - Babylon Fight / Basque Dub Foundation feat. Dub Student - Slaving Dub
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
The great soundsystem from Paris, France Heartical already impressed with the series of 7"s on 'Real Rock', 'Fade Away' and Aswad's 'Dub Fire', all impeccably revamped by Iņaki Yarritu's Basque Dub Foundation, but now this combination has outshone itself with a great relick of the 1973 Glen Brown & Lloyd Parkes gem 'Slaving' (also known from Sylford Walker's excellent "Chant Down Babylon" he cut in 1978 for Glen Brown). The musical backing and production combine the vibe and great feel from the mid 70s dub wizards with excellent 2K5 soundquality and great tunes from well-known artists who have recorded in both era's. Little Roy of "Bongo Nyah", "Tribal War" and "Prophecy" fame in his immediately recognizable style graces the riddim with "Only Jah", and the unique voice of Edi Fitzroy is used to full effect on "Throw Down" your arms with the Spanish Lone Ark singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer and engineer Roberto Sanchez' excellent take on the Lloyd Parkes original "Slaving For A Reason" on the flipside. Often overlooked veteran Carlton Livingston contributes the wonderful warning "Demolition", before it's (oldschool-)DJ time with Lone Ranger's "Original Style" going through all 'ribbits', 'booms' and 'boinks' and more that he made and made him famous (as well as lyrics) and U Brown's "Rootsman Skank" which is as great a retro-DJ-tune as you could record right now. Yet another Studio One veteran then steps up, Al Campbell, who still has a great voice and delivery, with "Be Conscious", before Anthony 'Gunshot' Johnson also is above solid with "No More War". Mykal Roze's "Babylon Fight" is another great take and the last vocal one on the riddim, there really is no weakish tune in this latest Heartical selection. And I haven't mentioned the brilliant "Slaving (Melodica Cut)" and "Slaving Dub" yet that even better highlight the strength of Basque Dub Foundation's relick and Heartical's production. Soundmen and other vinyl-buyers: this is a must have selection of great revival tunes on a classic riddim, and if you're not convinced yet you should hear the tunes for yourself.