Jahtarian Dubbers Vol.3
CD, LP & Digital Download
June 18, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
Reggae Musik is constantly evolving; rotating on its roots axis. Modernization is envitable; sometimes it works and sometimes it's musical slaughter. A prime example of good works is the Jahtari label (outta Germany) whose latest release, "Jahtarian Dubbers Vol.3", is a force to be reckoned with.
Jahtari is a netlabel that was founded in 2004 by Disrupt (Jan Gleichmar). It can only be described as digital laptop reggae with key elements of roots and dub. Disrupt and crew (Rootah and Dressla) have created something sweet; having signed at least 20 artists, some veteran, some unknown but well crucial. In the span of less than a decade, they have released some classic releases by songstress Soom T ('Ode To A Carrot') and Solo Banton, to name a few. Based in Berlin, their influence is far with collaborations with Scotland's Mungo's Hi-Fi to the musical streets of London and beyond.
This gem opens up with London based Mikey Murka's Sweeter. This is a strong singer and rides the riddim like a true champ. Soom T's Bullets Will Bounce is a rocking track with reality lyrics and great production. U.K based Ranking Levy (inspired by Ranking Joe's style) is wicked and wild with Madman Style. An absolute diamond is a refix of Lee Perry's Secret Labratory from his comeback album with Dub Syndicate some 20 years ago. The standout track on this compilation is from Jim Nastics (formerly Jim Brown), a wicked DJ from the early 1980's. This rootsman is not well known but listen to any release from him and you will realize this talent. Naf Lef Africa is a hard driving track meant to rewind! Basically, this is all killa, nah filla. The dub workouts are spacy and crucial.
Jahtari is an example of grass roots foundation meant to last. Every release gets stronger and stronger. Germany is Reggae strong. Jahtari ranks right up there with the well established Aldubb. They have created a fresh new sound without comprimising the integrity of Reggae Musik. Grab a hold of this musical disc and you might slip a disc in your back. Jump up stylee.