Pure Thrillseekers
Dub Syndicate
August 19, 2005

Track list
  1. Tricks featuring Cornell Campbell
  2. Weeping Eyes
  3. Breath Of Fresh Air
  4. Guns & Cocaine Crime featuring Jah Bless
  5. One In A Billion featuring Luciano
  6. Private Dub
  7. Kingston 14 featuring Gregory Isaacs
  8. Time Dub
  9. Ready For The World featuring Moses
  10. God Is A Man featuring Junior Reid
  11. Yes It Is Bless featuring Little David
  12. Sound Clash
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 1
It's unusual to have a Dub Syndicate album on Shanachie label, but this is a very reasonable compilation of later period (mid 90's onwards) Style Scott produced/Lion and Roots music.

It doesn't have the darker and aggressive qualities of earlier ONU music -- but in its place, it achieves a very textured, pure, layered and clean sound.

Top track is the spiritual longing of Luciano's "One In A Billion" -- Luciano has been sounding particularly bland of late -- probably due to over recording and over exposure, something both Gregory Isaacs and the late Dennis Brown also fell victim too, but this is a mighty digital roots tune: perhaps his best of the 90’s, and voted as a sound system favourite by Aba Shanti's Humble Lion.

Another understated track of beauty here is Junior Reid's "God Is A Man", previously released on limited edition 10” discomix -- describing, through what may be considered to be heretical lyrics to some -- the inherent possibility of the creator to dwell in the hearts of all flesh. It is a hypnotic, dreamlike piece.

Following that is the sedate mantra "Yes It Is Bless", with its relentless Little David chant, loop like, weaving through the heady structure of the song, cut up with a haunting synth refrain. Its power is in the tracks' sense of understatement.

The Cornell Campbell track "Tricks" shows how pure his tones still are, sounding reminiscent of The Uniques Slim Smith and with some of the poignancy of Bim Sherman. Gregory Isaacs "Kingston 14" samples an old Randy's tune with the refrain, "Down here in the ghetto, we know the horror of the guns. Son, turn in your guns."

"Guns & Cocaine Crime" from Jah Bless sounds like mid 80's Pinchers and Courtney Melody at their best.

This is essentially a fairly low key selection of tunes, very representative of Style Scott’s current musical styles -- it isn't "in your face", raw or as abstract as early Dub Syndicate -- but it is a mature, contemplative and reflective selection of music that works its power on more subtle levels, showing how far Style has progressed since his early days with the Roots Radics.