Bass Culture Players
Digital Release (Free Download)
March 27, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
By now it might be commonly known that most of the reggae music produced in Spain takes the listener back to the Jamaican sounds of the second half of the '70s and early '80s. Prime examples are of course projects coming out of Roberto Sānchez's A-Lone Ark Muzik Studio in Santander, Pirate Choice Records' "Ambassah Presents Rub A Dub Showcase Part II", and Reggae Land's recent "Cultura Riddim" compilation. And now there's a next example of a musical project that is strongly influenced by roots reggae and dub productions from the heydays of roots reggae and dub music.
Bass Culture Players' "Dub box" is the project of producer Puppashan, a Jamaican riddims lover and precursor in Spanish reggae music. He has been involved in different projects related to this music such as the Brentford Road fanzine, the Bass Culture Reggae Radio Show or the soulful reggae band Hotdrop. This autodidact producer, who has worked with some of the best Spanish reggae musicians from bands like Tasty Grooves, Hotdrop, Amalgamah, and Rockers roots, has compiled a very nice 'Showcase' album featuring five singles (and its five dub mixes) that were recorded between 2008 and 2011 in the Discoinferno studio, using analogical techniques and equipment. The mastering has been carried out in Rollover Studios (London) by Oscar Pablos aka Ojah, who boosts the vintage textures that wrap up "Dub Box". It's obvious that the musical and graphic work of this 10-track compilation has been developed from the respect for and admiration of vintage Jamaican music.
All tracks gathered on "Dub Box" are solid efforts throughout and truly delightful to hear, especially when you're a fan of vintage sounds. "Destiny", with its wicked thumping bass line and clear vocal delivery, instantly caresses the eardrums. Its dub version, simply titled "Destiny Dub", is a real fine follow up of the vocal version with the vocals floating in and out of the mix and, of course, lots of reverb and echo. "Gwaan Good", a collaboration with Ranking Forrest -- the genuine deejay from California -- also makes a good impression. Another worthwhile collaboration is "Rally Round" with melodica play from producer Dani Ites on a riddim that is driven by an awesome bass line. This tune brings to mind the works of the late Augustus Pablo. Also its accompanying stripped-down dub version (unfortunately with only a small melodica part) is worth hearing. Both "Again & Again" and "Reggae Music", as well as their respective dub versions, maintain the quality throughout.
Bass Culture Players'"Dub Box" is available for free download here.