Album review
Mossman vs. Mr. Tsunami at Dub Corner
Dispensation Records
12 - 01 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Lostentation Dub
  2. Quixotic
  3. Scuba Shuffle
  4. Churros Dub
  5. So Good
  6. Slave Mason
  7. Shadow Dub
  8. Moon Blues
  9. Lostentation Dub (take 2)
  10. Scuba Shuffle (alt. mix)
  11. Moon Dub
  12. Dub So Good
  13. Bashment Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Last year saw the release of the intrigueing CD entitled "Mossman vs. The World Bank", an instrumental/dub album by Canada's "answer" to Lee Perry, Moss Raxlen better known as Mossman, who adores King Tubby, Lee Perry and the Scientist. The follow up to that album - also released by Dispensation Records (headed by Mossman himself) - is entitled "Mossman vs. Mr. Tsunami at Dub Corner". The two people playing and dubbing away here are founding member Mossman (percussion, melodica, keys, vocals) & Tsunami (guitar, bass, keys, percussion and occassional vocalist), with a few cameos from some guest musicians. Mr. Tsunami is in fact Bob Eaglesham, a charter member of the Dub Lounge house band Ark of Infinity (set to drop their own indie disc this spring).
Mossman explains in his own words the 'magic' touch of the album : "We were trying to reproduce what was going on in Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s studio, creating this wall of sound, this esoteric thing to affect people, make them aware of the present moment". The tracks found here are literally 'drenched' by Black Ark history, atmosphere and sound, but I never get the feeling that they merely tried to copy the sound, since that sound has developed into a more scientific, electric orientated landscape, referring to the early eighties dubbing techniques.
Trust me...high court dubbing!

Teacher & Mr. T.