They Want Riddim
March 20, 2016
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
Dub Incorporation is a band from Saint-Etienne, France. The band formed in 1997 and over the years they have developed a unique style, combining the best elements of reggae, dancehall, dub, ska and even rap. But that's not all, their music is also influenced by African and Arab music with their songs being sung in a mixture of French, English, Arabic and Kabyle (a variety of the Berber language spoken by the Kabyle people in the north and northeast of Algeria).
In 2003 they debuted with the album "Diversité", followed in 2005 by "Dans le Décor", the latter received excellent reviews. The year 2008 saw the release of the album "Afrikya" that established the band's name as being France's answer to the uprising German reggae scene. The album was awarded 'Best French Reggae Album 2008' by Web Reggae Awards. In 2013 they released the album called "Paradise" and they shortened the name and credited the albums to Dub Inc. In 2011 they surprised the reggae community with the release of the "No Doubt Riddim", an album with contributions of reggae/dancehall superstars like Capleton, Busy Signal, Pressure and Tony Curtis. As part of the "Paradise" tour they released an excellent double disc set (CD/DVD) that was recorded live at the legendary French venue L'Olympia in Paris on November 19, 2014. A successful cocktail to end the story of the album Paradise: over 35,000 albums sold, nearly 150 concerts in 3 years in more than 25 countries Dub Inc has decided to release the "They Want Riddim" on March 18th, 2016.
The album contains 7 vocal tracks and the instrumental riddim version. There's also a "MegaMix" available for download. Dub Inc. has invited several artists to perform on the riddim, not as solo efforts but as collaboration of 2 artists on each track. The riddim is, as we can expect from Dub Inc, a powerful, high speed and catchy reggae riddim on a gorgeous drum and bass backbone and pumping horn lines. The original piece comes from Skarra Mucci and Komlan from Dub Inc. Following combination is an encounter between Germany and Jamaica. Reggae superstar Gentleman meets Kabaka Pyramid in a rootical session. Great tune! Jah Sun seems to be the only solo artist performing on the riddim. Sweet voiced Lukie D meets rastaman Anthony B on "Come Down", a serious track with a call out to Jah to 'come down, we need you more than ever..". Messenjah Luciano and Solo Banton, the deejay known for his vintage deejay style and intelligent and comical lyrical content, team up for the High Grade tune "Highest". Bobo dread Jah Mason - we hear too little from him - meets deejay Adonai on "Something To Live For". The reggae style of Jah Mason matches very well with Adonai's ruff deejay style. The last vocal track offers two relatively unknown artists. Denham Smith is a Jamaican artist living in Cologne, Germany since 1995, where he started a music career, first in the R&B scene, but he switched to reggae some years later. He does a flawless tune called "Throw The Corn" with Forelock, the voice of the Sardinian band Arawak. The instrumental version rounds out this set nicely.