Various artists album review
Foundation Rockers
M Records
December 10, 2003

Tracking list

  1. Love Is What We Need - Big Youth
  2. Dub Is What We Need - Big Youth
  3. What We Got To Do - Luciano
  4. World In Trouble - Ranking Joe
  5. Alpha Skank - Mighty Three Horns
  6. Dub Selector - feat. Ranking Joe
  7. Foundation Rockers - Brother Culture
  8. No Burial - Mykal Rose
  9. Blue Motion - feat. Eddie 'Tan Tan' Thornthon
  10. Jericho Dub - Mighty Three vs. Twilight Circus Dub Sound System
  11. Love Dub Remix - Big Youth (cd only bonus track)
  12. What We Got Do / Acoustic Mix - Luciano (cd only bonus track)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4

After the release of two very teasing 10"s, one featuring the track opening of this album and its dub versions, Big Youth' "Love Is What We Need" and "Dub Is What We Need" and "Love Dub Remix" tracks reviewed here, the other 10" featuring the vocal of Luciano's "What We Got To Do", riding on this album a completely different 'marching' riddim that suits this great Luciano vocal as well as the one on the 10" that was reviewed here. The absolutely superb "Acoustic Mix" is featured only as a bonustrack on the CD not on the vinyl, meaning vinyl-buyers should definitely get the 10" as well. More roots over a chugging riddim is contributed by Ranking Joe in his immediately recognizable style for "World In Trouble". The Mighty Three Horns play some very jazzy horns over a dubwise riddim in "Alpha Skank" to show what a great dub-wizard Ryan Moore a.k.a. Twilight Circus Dub Sound System has become. Then Ranking Joe takes us back in time again, "Dub Selector" has a wicked horn accompaniment, and is really just another track on this album that could have been found in some box containing 70s/80s mastertapes of lost treasures. Powerful delivery over powerful backings that is what this whole album is about. Brother Culture delivers his "Foundation Rockers" in a Nyahbinghi styled chant over a highly percussive riddim, before Mykal Rose sings his "No Burial" in a much more 'held back' style than he uses normally, it gives a nice meditative mood to this track, only enhanced by the DJ who is also toasting old school style. Very nice compelling tune because of this 'unusual' vocal style over a pretty toned-down riddim. The great riddim of "Blue Motion" dubby, with lots of bells and other percussive accents, shows veteran trumpeter Eddie 'Tan Tan' Thornton in a blue mood, before he is joined again in the Mighty Three Horns disguise of the former Aswad hornsection, with saxophone player extraordinaire Michael 'Bammie' Rose and trombone player Trevor Edwards, who also played together in the Jazz Jamaica allstars, for the relaxed dubby workout "Jericho Dub". This album is an absolute success, the experiment of Ryan Moore's Twilight Circus Dub Sound System (about which more can be found here) combining forces with renown roots veterans certainly deserves being bought by roots, dub and reggae addicts, and will hopefully be used again for future releases by Twilight Circus Dub Sound System.


/ Souljah Green Beret Productions