Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Roots Melodies (Instrumental Showcase)
BDF (Basque Dub Foundation)
Massive Sounds Records
10" LP (EP)
March 26, 2010

Track list
Side 1.
  1. Melody For My Father
  2. Dub For My Father
  3. Ghetto Organ
  4. Dubrovator
Side 2.
  1. Assault
  2. Dub Assault
  3. Revolutionist Theme
  4. Dub Revolutionist
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Lead Instruments : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Since 2003, the year in which Basque Dub Foundation, or shortly BDF, released its second album "BDF Meets Loud&Lone", the reggae outfit formed by London based Iņaki Yarritu aka Inyaki has been busy with creating some original riddims like "Ministerio Del Dub" and relicking classic riddims such as "Fade Away", "Real Rock", "Promised land", "Slaving" and "Tonight" for the French Heartical label. Besides producing more than fifty 7" singles, BDF has down shows of their own and acted as a full live band backing JA and UK artists such as the late Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Earl Sixteen, Anthony Johnson, U Brown, Kenny Knots, Aisha, Dub Judah, and Tena Stelin, on their tours in Europe.

Seven years after the release of the "BDF Meets Loud&Lone" set, there's finally a brand new (mini-)album out on the streets. BDF is one of the very few bands capable of creating a feel and vibe in such a way that it is up to par with the roots reggae sound of the '70s. The "Roots Melodies" album is done 'inna showcase stylee', i.e. 4 instrumentals plus its dub versions. This vinyl release consists of keyboard instrumentals in the classic '70s tradition of Jackie Mittoo, Augustus Pablo, Ansel Collins, Pablove Black, Winston Wright, the Butler Brothers and many more reggae instrumentalists featured on hundreds of B sides.

"Roots Melodies" is a very nice collection of tunes, that will surely appeal to many (vintage) roots heads. It's obvious that none of the tracks is a real ground-breaking effort or even fashionable at the moment, but who cares when you're offered around 35 minutes of pure ear pleasure. The opening track, the light-hearted "Welcome To The Father", comes in the classic 'Rockers' style and instantly makes clear what the music on this album is all about. A fine opener, which is followed by a dub version with a strong reference to King Tubby. "Ghetto Organ" has a far heavier sound and, together with its dub version "Dubrovator", with that awesome thumping bassline in the forefront, is one of the album's standout efforts. Next comes the wonderful Pablo-esque "Assault", with the great "Dub Assault" being the icing on the cake. The mini-album is rounded off nicely by a well done reworking of Freddie McGregor's Studio One classic "I Am A Revolutionist".

Like all previous BDF works this album features strictly old-skool, analogue productions using real instruments. Players of instruments involved in this project are Inyaki (bass, piano, organ, melodica, drums), Sly Dunbar & Style Scott (drums), Earl 'Wire' Lindo (electric piano), Oli (guitar, percussion), Aratz (trombone), Oskar (saxophone), Oliver (trumpet), Julien Barker & Dubby Ambasah (percussion).