Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Charlie's Records
Natty
7" Vinyl / Digital Single
January 5, 2012

Artist & tune

  • Lutan Fyah - Ras Always / McPullish - Different Sequel Dub
  • Mark Wonder - Explanation / Mark Wonder meets McPullish - Explanation (Acapella Dub Version)
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The very first time we heard a version of the riddim that underpins these tunes from Lutan Fyah and the underrated Mark Wonder was when we listened to the compilation set "Roots Of Dub Funk Vol. 6", released by Kelvin Richard on his Tanty Records label in the summer of 2007. It featured McPullish's "Dub From Creation", which actually was the very first beginnings of the "Natty" riddim (originally called "Creation" riddim).

In April 2011 the riddim, now coming with a different mix, re-appeared on the digitally released 8-track "Natty Riddim" album, which featured 4 vocal cuts from Lutan Fyah, Judge & Aimann Raad, General Smiley, and Mark Wonder, as well as 4 wicked and wild dubs from McPullish. Involved in recording vocal cuts in Kingston JA was Anthony Senior, known from the quality productions he put out on his own Al.Ta.Fa.An label, while mixing was done at Dub Compound and Dub Cove Studio in Buda, Texas, by Carson McPullish.

And now the "Natty" riddim -- incorporating a scrubbing guitar sound, real nice percussion work and repetitive organ sample -- gets 2 vinyl single releases featuring the standout efforts that were recorded by Lutan Fyah and Mark Wonder. The former, an ever conscious Jamaican artist, has been a steadily rising name in the reggae scene for years, and here he uses the haunting "Natty" riddim as a vehicle for his moving Rastafarian message of steadfast faith and principles. The flipside features "Different Sequel Dub", a truly awesome dub mix of the riddim, with McPullish using his customized high and low pass filter for the first time on record.

Starting out wanting to be a horse jockey as a young man, Mark Wonder was eventually drawn instead to music, and is now one of the best roots reggae singers working in Jamaica, or anywhere else. For whatever reason he still hasn't managed to achieve a big breakthrough or at least wide recognition and thus he remains a very underrated singer, which he surely doesn't deserves to be. Just like Lutan Fyah, this is Mark Wonder's first collaboration with McPullish. In "Explanation" he asks those in charge of world governments and big business for an "Explanation... for all you have done," and calls on his Rastafari bredren to "beat the kette drum" for "purification" and "healing of the land". On the B-side of the single you get the "Acapella Dub Version" of "Explanation", with McPullish stripping the song down to bare basics as he highlights Mark Wonder's words and the kette drum.

These two singles do not offer you the usual modern roots stuff. It's McPullish's refreshing approach of creating a roots riddim in combination with the artists' vocal and lyrical delivery that makes them worthwhile hearing. So do check them out!