Med.Tone Records
Love Is Stronger Than Hate
7" Vinyl Single
February 5, 2014

Artist & tune

  • The Viceroys - Love Is Stronger Than Hate / Zvuloon Dub System - Dub Is Stronger
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Exactly 2 years after they put out a 12" vinyl single featuring Cornell Campbell's "Weed Out" and its dub version, with on the flipside Ranking Joe's "Nah Give Up" and their own tune "Going To Zion", Israeli band Zvuloon Dub System unleash a brand new collaboration effort with The Viceroys entitled "Love Is Stronger Than Hate" on 7" vinyl single.

The vocal group The Viceroys was formed in Kingston, Jamaica, by Wesley Tinglin, along with Daniel Bernard and Bunny Gayle, and after auditioning unsuccessfully for Duke Reid, the trio made their debut recording for producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd in 1967. The group recorded several singles for Dodd's Studio One label, including "Ya Ho", "Fat Fish", and "Love & Unity". They went on to record for several other producers in the late 1960s and 1970s, including Derrick Morgan, Winston Riley (who produced their hit "Mission Impossible"), Lee "Scratch" Perry (including "Babylon Deh Pon Fire", which was credited to Truth Fact & Correct), Lloyd Daley, and Pete Weston. They also returned to record at Studio One in the late 1970s.

The group's first album release was the Phil Pratt produced "Consider Yourself" aka "Detour" (1978/1979), originally credited to their alias The Interns and later released as "Ya Ho", credited to The Viceroys. They had a big hit in Jamaica in 1980 with the Sly & Robbie produced "Heart Made of Stone". Their first album released as the Viceroys was the Linval Thompson production "We Must Unite", put out in 1982 by Trojan Records, and featuring the Roots Radics. Thompson also produced their 1983 album "Brethren And Sistren", and in 1984 they moved on to work again with Winston Riley on the "Chancery Lane" album. After a period of inactivity, Wesley Tinglin revived the group with Neville Ingram and new member Michael Gabbidon, and they recorded a new album in 2006, a live recording from Earl "Chinna" Smith's yard in French label Makasound's Inna de Yard series.

Previous collaboration efforts with Ranking Joe and Cornell Campbell already showed that the kinda riddims Zvuloon Dub System create are tailor-made for vintage artists because they are reminiscent of the riddims that were produced during the heydays of roots reggae in the 1970s. And the riddim that underpins The Viceroys' solid new conscious tune "Love Is Stronger Than Hate" is no exception. Just like the Cornell Campbell piece, this riddim track comes with an awesome bassline and stirring horns, which can be enjoyed to the fullest when listening to the matching "Dub Is Stronger", mixed live on desk by the Smilan brothers, Asaf and Ilan, who are also the producers of this single.

Dust off your turntable and get yourself a copy 'cause it's worthwhile purchasing.