The Assault Riddim
September 29, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
"The Assault" is an original traditional reggae riddim created by Inyaki Yarritu, the mastermind behind Basque Dub Foundation (BDF). He's an highly creative multi-instrumentalist from the Basque Country (Northern Spain) who formed BDF in the early 90s. Since then he has been busy producing as well as performing all over Europe with reggae legends such as The Heptones, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, The Viceroys, Luciano, Mikal Rose, Sugar Minott, Little Roy, Wayne Smith and UK's living legend, producer Mad Professor.
In 1997 BDF put out their debut set called "Sustraidun Roots Dub" ("Sustraidun" is Basque for "Rootical"). It was the first Dub album ever to come out of Spain. Some five years later BDF released their second album "BDF meets Loud & Lone" on the Brixton Records label, which was an amazing musical collaboration with Roberto Sanchez & Borja Juanco of "Loud & Lone". That set managed to revisit the Golden Days of Reggae in truly fine style. In 2010 they released a third album called "Roots Melodies", an 10" EP with 8 tracks in showcase style.
The Paris based soundsystem Heartical was created by Mr Boom, Wap, Mr Tam and Sir Joe. The sound played for the first time on June 21st, 1999. From that time on they have clashed with several renown Sounds from all over the world. In 2001 they launched the Heartical label that aimed at releasing old and new roots Reggae music. Nowadays it represents a catalogue of 7" singles, many dubs & instrumentals by Basque Dub Foundation, mixtapes and live recordings. In 2011 the CD "Heartical Story Vol.1" came out to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the label, which was followed by "Heartical Story Vol. 2" (2012). Further releases included 'one riddim' projects such as "The Know Myself Chronicles" (2011), "Books of Slaving Part 1&2" (2012) and "Freedom Rockers" (2013).
"The Assault" is the third collection from Basque Dub Foundation to be released on Heartical Label. The riddim is an excellent heavy bass driven mid-tempo roots riddim, voiced by an international line-up featuring a well balanced mix of well known and lesser known artists. For good measure the instrumental cut and a dub version is included as well. The album opens with "Be Wise" by reggae veteran Cornell Campbell aka Don Gorgon. This is his first recording for the label and what a scorcher this is! He's warning the youth for the 'bad media' not to influence them. Jamaican roots trio The Viceroys contributes "Get To Know", which also happens to be their initial recording for the label. An alternate mix of the tune is also included here. Vocalist Colour Red (aka Clive Hylton or Jah Clive) hails from Jamaica, growing up in the tenement yards of Kingston during the heydays of reggae music, where he rubbed shoulders with artists like The Viceroys, Tony Brevett, Mighty Diamonds, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown. This reggae veteran lays down an awesome roots tune called "Holy Mount Zion" and we really hope to hear more from him.
Next comes Badoo aka Horace Smart/Horace Grossett, who is probably best known for his Channel One release "Rocking Of The Ten Thousand", a rockers interpretation of the "Drum Song" riddim. With his tune "African Wind" he is back with a vengeance, very enjoyable tune! More veteran niceness comes from former Youth Promotion Camp member Trevor Junior as he brings the rootical tune "Over & Over". The artist called Spiritual became well known with the tune "Marathon", a combination tune with Alborosie. His vocal delivery reminds us of the great Joseph Hill. Last year he released a very decent tune called "Stand Up To Rasta" and here he makes a good impression with "In That Day".
Spanish brother and sister duo Rootsamala have already put out some fine tunes for the label. For this project they give us the fine roots tune "Dark Clouds". From Belgium comes the deejay Original Uman (aka Manuel Istace) who made a solid impression in 2007 with the release of his album "L'aventure c'est l'aventure", followed by "Umanity" in 2011. Here he teams up with the Italian female singer Valentina for this immigrants anthem baptized "Sans Frontières"" . UK deejay General Levy is responsible for one of the best tracks here, "Head Corner Stone"... hot conscious stuff!
Excellent roots 'one riddim' set!