Dub Round 1
Sly & The Dubbers
Dubmaster Riko
January 23, 2007

Track list
  1. So Good To Know Jah
  2. Iver And Iver
  3. Keep Faith
  4. Same Old Story
  5. Holy Mount Zion
  6. Only Jah Know
  7. Revelations
  8. Jah Jah Dub
  9. Iver And Iver Dub
  10. Keep Faith Dub
  11. Same Old Dub
  12. Holy Mount Zion Dub
  13. Jah Know Dub
  14. Revelations Dub
  15. Nyah Fe Jah
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2
From France comes this real nice cd release, which most likely will delight the fan of old skool reggae and dub music. Sly & The Dubbers -- a collective consisting of Sylvain "Sly" Landais (lead & backing vocals, percussions & melodica), Eric "Riko" Germain (bass, keyboard), Cedric "Cy" Lemonnier (drums), Pascal "Paco" Meillan (keyboards), Bastien "Faith" Belmokadem (keyboards), Xavier "Keubix" Begue (rhythm, lead & acoustic guitar), Sebastien "Sebbos" Gest (lead guitar), Jerome "Djom" Steelo (rhythm guitar), Antonio "Tony" Tritta (tenor saxophone), Raphael "Raf" Gaioti (trumpet), Robin "La Trombe" Ducruet (trombone), and Segolene "Sego" Lecoeur (flute & choir) -- are strongly influenced by Jamaican roots and dub from the 1970s as delivered by King Tubby, Yabby You, The Aggrovators, and Burning Spear. So it's obvious that echoes of these influences can be heard in their musical efforts.

Under the guidance of Dub Master Riko, one of the new breed of producers from the fresh and vibrant French Dub/Roots scene who keeps an acoustic and strictly rootical vibes in his production style, Sly & The Dubbers deliver an album that is split up in two parts. The first seven tracks on "Dub Round 1" feature the vocals, while the next seven are their dub interpretations. Lyrically the listener is treated to pure consciousness, spirituality and cultural outings all the way, musically supported by original, well played roots riddims, sometimes spiced with truly great horn parts. Best tracks are the haunting "Iver And Iver" (across a riddim that has a vibe reminiscent of "Drum Song"), "Same Old Story", "Holy Mount Zion" and "Only Jah Know".

Sly & The Dubbers' "Dub Round 1" treats the listener to a very melodic and heavyweight slice of French Roots and Dub.