Visionary Creation
Crucial Alphonso
(Free) Digital release
June 27, 2009

Track list
  1. Zion Way Steppers Part 1
  2. Zion Way Steppers Part 2
  3. Ashanti Steppers Part 1
  4. Ashanti Steppers Part 2
  5. Deliverance Steppers Part 1
  6. Deliverance Steppers Part 2
  7. Food Steppers Part 1
  8. Food Steppers Part 2
  9. Devine Inspiration Drop Part 1
  10. Devine Inspiration Drop Part 2
  11. Free Spirit Steppers Part 1
  12. Free Spirit Steppers Part 2
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
The brilliant mixing engineer King Tubby released his most innovative dubs from 1972 to 1974, and since then Dub music has revealed itself in various forms. Towards the end of the 1970s, the Dub craze in Jamaica had begun to subside, but then a new wave of Dub emerged in a low-key way in the UK during the second half of the 1980s, not in the least thanks to the self-styled Zulu Warrior, Jah Shaka. The latter's commitment to Rastafarian beliefs and to relentless Steppers riddims made that his sound system was regarded the only significant sound in the UK that stuck to 1970s cultural ideals. At the end of the decade a number of Jah Shaka followers like e.g. Manasseh, Iration and Aba-Shanti-I to name three, started to take a more active role and strongly contributed to the ever-growing role of Dub music in the UK's reggae scene throughout the 1990s.

It's obvious that some of the foremost names in contemporary UK Dub/Steppers are based in the UK, but just like e.g. Ska, Roots Reggae, Lovers Rock and Dancehall, this musical form has also gone international. And thus, straight from Antwerp, Belgium, comes Crucial Alphonso's debut album, "Visionary Creation", featuring twelve searing digital Steppers: six mind-blowing instrumentals along with their dubbed up versions. Emerging from the ever-expanding Belgian roots/dub scene, Crucial Alphonso delivers a tuff sound system affair that will certainly please all Shaka and Shanti ites. Entirely composed, arranged, played, mixed and produced by Crucial Alphonso himself (with Ionyouth playing Nyahbinghi drums on "Devine Inspiration Drop"), this powerful set has everything a dubhead is longing for, namely a thumping bass drum, a thundering bass, cutting skanks, and blistering dub effects. Personal favourites are "Ashanti Steppers Part 1", "Food Steppers Part 1" and "Free Spirit Steppers Part 1".

"Visionary Creation" is a solid Steppers collection, one for the feet as well as the head. Crucial Alphonso says that he is not interested in making money out of his music, and thus this album can be downloaded for free here.