Album review
Rhythm & Sound
Rhythm & Sound
Rhythm & Sound
CD / Vinyl
March 20, 2005

Tracking list

  1. No Partial
  2. Trace
  3. Mango Drive
  4. Distance
  5. Smile feat. Savage
  6. Outward
  7. Roll Off
  8. Carrier
  9. Range
  10. Imprint
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Rhythm and Sound takes the classic Wackies formula of twisting hiss, noise and massive bass ambience as their starting point. (It would seem that their roots and influence lie in classic Wackie's tunes like "Holy Mount Zion" by Wayne Jarrett or Wackie's "African Roots Act One" ) There is also a definite influence from Upsetter's Black Ark ambient wash of sound, with its waves of impressionistic composition and engineering values, which one reviewer aptly described as music sounding as if it was recorded under water.

Each track relies on relentless repetition to draw the listener inward, into the spell of the music. "No Partial" and "Mango Drive" are the most aggressive driven compostions here -- The rest of the album relies on space, silences, atmospheres and sub lows such as the track "Roll Off" (presumably referring to the term disc cutting houses employ when dealing with sub 40 herz frequencies). Strong comparisons to Zap Pow/Upsetter's "The River" and "Zion's Blood" can also be made.

From the whispered meditation of the track "Smile" with vocalist Savage (Paul St Hilaire under a pseudonym?) to the wintery peace of "Trace" with a hissing rhythm structure so tranquil there is barely any movement, this album is highly, highly recomended.

With its bass overload and delicate high frequencies from start to finish, this is inspired, intelligent dubwise minimalism.

Professor Barnabas