David Rodigan Presents Fabriclive.54
November 26, 2010
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
UK's top selector, reggae connoisseur and radio host David Rodigan is responsible for the well balanced selection of tunes on the latest (54) volume of the FabricLive Mix series out of London. The cd series started in 2001 and rotates monthly between Fabric and FabricLive, with the series showcasing established and emerging deejays.
David Rodigan is armed with a vast knowledge of the music stemming from a lifelong obsession, and regular visits to Jamaica that yielded intense friendships with Reggae's key figures such as King Tubby and Augustus Pablo. The reggae ambassador has probably done more than anyone else on the planet to spread knowledge of Jamaican popular music through several decadesí worth of disc spinning, radio broadcasting, and album compiling.
Fabric, the London super club, approached Rodigan for its 54th release and the result is really awesome. This is what Rodigan has to say about it: "Everyone knows that it is rather difficult to mix reggae, because of its pace and tempo; it just doesn't mix the way that house mixes, but I assembled the songs in the order that I thought fitted best in terms of the structure of the music, and then we went to the studio and put them together that way with some jingles. We thought about doing a live mix, but decided that it would be more accessible without me doing my whoops, hollers and pull-ups."
In a Rodigan set vintage classics are linked to their up-to-the-minute counterparts, so keen listeners will always get a sense of reggae's intense evolution, as well as the way that the genre has influenced other forms of contemporary music, such as hip-hop, house and dubstep. He does the same thing on this album. Opening in fine style with Augustus Pablo's dub anthem King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, which incorporates vocals by the late great Jacob Miller, he lets Big Youth take over with Waterhouse Rock, a dubbed up tune across the 'Rockfort Rock' riddim. Then Italian reggae man Alborosie enters with his biggest tune Kingston Town. Three quality slices of reggae music and all of them pre-empt Cham's brutal and gripping Ghetto Story.
Etana's best tune so far August Town is present here too. She voiced this anthem across the 'Inner City Lady' riddim, which the recently deceased Gregory Isaacs also voiced for his boom tune 'Inner City Lady'. Rising star Romain Virgo grabs the revitalized 'Boops' riddim for his tune Live Mi Life. Pinchers, an artist who scored countless hits in the 80s and 90s, reworks his own top tune Bandelero, followed by Prince Alla with his well known tune Bucket Bottom.
When Tenor Saw rings the alarm the reggae massive goes wild, a genuine dancehall classic! Too bad he left us so early. Mr. Vegas and Konshens take another tune from this talent -- Who's Gonna Help Me Praise -- and their effort is truly well worth checking out. Bitty McLean teams up with Sly & Robbie for a rendition of Black Uhuru's 'Guess Who's Coming To Dinner' riddim. His song Plead My Cause has quality stamped all over. Check out his latest album 'Movin On' for more excellent music!
Beresford Hammond steps up with Can You Play Some More, yet another recut of a classic Studio One riddim, which is surprisingly followed by a piece of UK dubstep, David Rodigan's son Cadenza's remix of Keith and Tex's hit Stop That Train. The album closes with European reggae star Million Stylez who recuts in good style John Holt's ganja anthem Police In Helicopter
This David Rodigan compilation, housed in a special pressed cigar tin, is a very interesting and well packaged project, so do check it out!