The Green Tape
Digital Release / Limited Edition Cassette
September 19, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : -||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Flying Vipers is a trio formed by twin brothers John and Marc Beaudette (both founding members of Destroy Babylon, a US band that gained national airplay with their 2009 single, "Culture Pirates") and keyboard extraordinaire Zack Brines, who plays in Pressure Cooker, a nine piece reggae/ska/rocksteady band from Boston MA.
Playing in bands that are influenced by the Jamaican backing bands of the 1970s and 1980s, it's only natural that these three players of instruments have done a dub project using live analog remixing. Joined by Iceberg (sax, flute) and BT (trombone), the trio recorded 6 instrumentals to an 8-track cassette recording console using vintage drums, percussion, bass, guitar, piano, clavinet, organ and melodica. The final mixes were then made by Jay Champany (Truth & Rights) directly on the console and finally mastered by the legendary Kevin Metcalfe.
"The Green Tape" doesn't feature mindblowing raw and very weight dub works, but instead the listener is offered 6 instrumentals in a fluid dubby reggae style. It's really nice to listen to every single track on this EP, but when it comes to looking for standout efforts it are "Coffee Kush" and "Tape Hiss" that make a serious impression and truly deserve repeated listening. It's Iceberg's beautiful sax play that takes "Coffee Kush" to higher heights, while the mesmerizing"Tape Hiss" has great appeal due to the gentle sound of John aka JBo's melodica. Also don't overlook "Beacon Street Version", a solid effort with a prominent role for BT's trombone.
Although this isn't a groundbreaking dub project, it's obvious that it has been made with love and care. Recommended to give it a listen!