Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Dub In The District
Alific
Johnny Dizzle Records
CD
May 15, 2012

Track list
  1. Full Moon Raid
  2. The Dubbal Vision
  3. No Workin'
  4. Sun Roots
  5. Campfire
  6. Looking Back
  7. Poons
  8. Stolen
  9. Tribal Root Seed Dub Drop
  10. Dub in the District
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
Musician/producer Alific (Brendan Dane) started out playing bass guitar in a number of different styles of bands. Ranging from rock, reggae, funk, jam and hip hop to infectious beach style dub riddims, Alific has no boundaries when it comes to music. Gaining knowledge of the recording arts while in college, Alific crafted the skills of recording, engineering and producing by learning from his musical influences and always leaving room to grow as a professional. He enjoys acquiring new recording tricks and production techniques and continues to strengthen his own skills as a musician by continuously practicing and learning from close friends and fellow jammers. Living life to its fullest, Alific continues to create and produce music wherever his living situation may be. Currently living in DC, Alific writes, records, and produces all his music out of his home recording studio and his main goal is to make grooves that will get you tapping your feet.

Last year Alific was voted 'Best New Artist of 2011' on The Dubside.com. His first official effort is called 'Dub In The District', a ten track instrumental/dub set that he recorded with the help of Todd Smith (drums), Andy Schmidt (vocals, lyrics) and Dr. Peter Dane (keyboard). The result reminds us of another fine US based band, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant. Their music is firmly rooted in the Jamaican reggae tradition, while Alific tries to incorporate other styles into his music. The opening tune Full Moon Raid starts with a hip hop beat but quickly changes into a solid one drop reggae beat and develops into a catchy tune! The guitar riff on Sun Roots, a nice laid back instrumental, reminds us of 'Perfect Day', the all-time classic by Lou Reed.

Two tunes are 'regular' songs with vocal contributions. First there's the uptempo shuffle tune No Workin' and then Looking Back, two songs which fail to make a firm impression. We definitely prefer the instrumental tunes on this set! Campfire is an above average effort, some great guitar playing on that one, while Tribal Root Seed Dub Drop is one of those tunes that "will get you tapping your feet". The Dubbal Vison is one of the highlights here. The album closes with the title song, a quality tune with a subtle blues influence, very nice!

Not all tunes here are winners, but all in all it's not a bad debut set. Let's see what the future has in store for Alific...