Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

BDF Meets Loud&Lone
Basque Dub Foundation
Brixton Records
CD
February 8 - 2003

Track list
  1. Judgement Time
  2. Judgement Dub
  3. Give Thanks And Praises
  4. Give Dub The Praises
  5. Don't Forget
  6. Don't Forget The Dub
  7. Reggae Session
  8. Slaving
  9. Tommorow's Light
  10. Tommorow's Dub
  11. Ordinary Man
  12. Memories Of Pablo
  13. Time To Give
  14. Time To Dub
  15. Hope
  16. Dub Is Hope
  17. Breaking The Rules
  18. Dubbing The Rules
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
B.D.F. stands for "Basque Dub Foundation", a musical collective based in Bilbao (Basque, Northern Spain) formed in London in the early 90's by Iņaki Yarritu. With their debut set "Sustraidun Roots Dub" (meaning "Rootical Roots Dub") they delivered a truly solid effort, featuring mainly contemporary "roots dub" delivered in a mix of original material and some instrumental covers of roots classics like Joe White's early 70's classic "Kenyatta", the Abyssinians' anthem "Satta amasaganna" or Augustus Pablo's timeless "Cassava piece".

The follow up to that album is called "BDF Meets Loud&Lone". The collaboration with Loud & Lone, a new reggae outfit out of Spain, results inna fine roots reggae set in a traditional showcase style. The riddims are provided by BDF while the members of Loud & Lone are in (excellent!) charge of the vocals. The album features some truly wicked originals like Judgement Time, which happens to be one of our favourite tracks of the album, and to be quite honest, we cannot point out weak tracks here! Other favorite tunes here are Reggae Session, which brings about some really groovy melancholic feelings and Hope a fine rootical tune. The vocal tracks are beautiful pieces of close harmony singing, bringing back the heydays of The Heptones, The Gladiators and The Royals, to name but a few influences of the band. The dubs are tremendous heavyweight drum and bass excursions, taking you back to the mixing boards of King Tubby, Lee Perry, Prince Jammy, and Scientist.

You will also find a couple of covers of Jamaican classics. Check out the two Lloyd Parks covers Slaving and Ordinary Man. Memories Of Pablo is across the same riddim as Ordinary Man. The track Time To Give is an updated version of the 'Ting A Ling' riddim from the Heptones.

Revisiting the late 70's to early 80's reggae sound, BDF has delivered a very good showcase album.