Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Dig It All
Dr. Ring Ding (& Dreadsquad)
Superfly Studio
CD / Digital Release
December 28, 2014

Track list
  1. Shubeen
  2. Soundbway Warning
  3. Your Sound Is Done
  4. Sweet Like Candy
  5. Think Positive
  6. Hurry Up To Wait
  7. Come Test
  8. Dig It All
  9. Telemarketer
  10. Modern Time
  11. Creation
  12. Ugly Gal
  13. Animal Party
  14. Dont Waste My Time
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Münsteraner ska, reggae and dancehall don Richard A. Jung aka Dr. Ring Ding began his professional career in 1987 playing trombone with El Bosso & Die Ping Pongs, one of Germany’s most famous ska bands. His experience in El Bosso led to his life long love for Jamaican music. By early 1993 he had formed his very own band, Dr. Ring Ding & The Senior Allstars, and over the next years they would release more then 15 albums, numerous singles, and two excellent albums backing legendary Jamaican vocalists Doreen Schaffer and Lord Tanamo. American releases on Moon Ska and Jump Up! helped solidify his fan base in the United States, and soon Dr. Ring Ding was enjoying a worldwide audience for his snappy vocal style and tremendous musicianship. Dr. Ring Ding is not only a popular live performer, he is a studio musician, arranger, and producer in many different music genres such as swing, rhythm & blues, hip hop, rumba and punk, but, above all, in reggae, dancehall and ska. His latest effort is called "Dig It All" and sees him in 'digital' combination with the highly successful Polish producer Marek Bogdanski aka Dreadsquad to re-animate the spirit of the golden digital reggae/dancehall days of the 80s and 90s.

The digital era started somewhere in the first half of the 1980's with releases by producer King Jammy, who started using computer based music for his riddims. Synths of all kind were used (Casio, Yamaha, Roland) to create deep hitting, bass driven riddims, with sparse arrangements and mostly fit and ready to get up and dance. During that time the Jamaican habit of versioning became extremely popular since it was very easy to create riddims for anyone familiar with a computer and basic knowledge of music. In order to catch that unique authentic sound Dr. Ring Ding and Dreadsquad used as many original instruments as possible: the Roland Space Echo, the Casio MT100 and the Coron DS-08 Drum Synth.

If you're not into the style as described above, please skip this album. Otherwise, we're sure you'll love it to the max. The duo has truly succeeded in re-creating the sound of the 1980s and 1990s with 14 tunes which have written 'fun and party' all over. From the hectic opening tune Shubeen to the mid-tempo Casio driven album closer Don't Waste My Time, it's a joyful trip along 'digital memory lane'. The latter tune is a version on Dreadsquad's "MT-41" riddim, also voiced by Skarra Mucci who called it 'Greater Than Great'. Most of the songs will ring a bell somewhere... "where have I heard this before"?. The melody of the second tune Soundbway Warning is based on a traditional Jamaican mento song, while Yellowman's 1988 hit tune 'Ease Up President Botha' is reworked and retitled here as Creation. Come Test is the song that named the riddim of the same name. The riddim was released a couple of months back with several boom versions. Sweet Like Candy is Ring Ding's version of Dreadsquad's "Sleng Teng International Riddim", which was released in 2011. The uptempo tune Think Positive reminds us of Macka B's deejay style. To be honest, all tunes are worthwhile spinning more than once, but if we are forced to point out favorites we pick Animal Party and the aforementioned tunes Shubeen and Soundbway Warning.

Highly recommended album!