Dub Colossus - Addis To Omega (Independent Records Limited)
|Dub Colossus - Addis To Omega|
I've been saving this CD for a little while until I had a good long road trip to enjoy it and a recent jaunt from West to East provided the perfect opportunity. With the Autumn sun streaming in through the car window I popped this in to the stereo and immediately the journey got better. As Stonehenge rolled past on the horizon opening track 'Boom Ka Boom (And The Dub Disciples)' kicked in and the rhythms, ragga and darkly rich melodies give the air an entirely different flavour. 'Family Man' and 'The Casino Burning Down' are up next and continue the journey with dancing percussion, relaxed melodies and a sumptuous range of vocal styles. The punkish drum riff that opens 'We Are The Plaything Of The Rich And Famous' gives away its political leanings and the mix of The Specials meets Joe Strummer is there for all to hear. 'Fight Back' has a gorgeous groove (perfect for driving to) and title track 'Addis To Omega' is an immense tune that opens with the unlikely line "From Ethopia to Londinium" and cracks on with huge horns and eminently danceable vibes.
If you're looking for some old school dub and reggae, though, look no further than the ultra laid back jam of 'Keep On Rocking' which meanders through the air like thick smoke on a summer afternoon - drifting over houses and taking its own path. 'Soft Power' is a piano lead piece of jazz infused reggae while 'Madmen' has a Latino swing to those horny horns and a Maxi Jazz approach to the vocals. As the cock crows to open up the Mexican inspired 'My Dad' you are firmly ensconced in the world of Dub Colossus and it's a mighty fine place to be. The instrumental delight of 'Tale of 2 Cities' soon bleeds in to 'Shape Of Things To Come', an atmospheric and late night jam that is infused with East African melodies and a gloriously diverse range of instrumentation. I don't know if these guys have appeared on 'Later...' yet but they the exact combination of musicianship, eclecticism and fun to make them prime candidates. The head bobbing joy of 'My Happy Face' and the dark, twisting drone of 'A Voice Has Power' should be enough to make Jools pay attention on their own. This 15 track mega album closes with an 8 minute opus by the name of 'Orpheus Underground' which features some gorgeous guitar melodies, flute and percussion to die for as the collective go all jazz on our asses. This is the kind of album you can just put on at any time and it is guaranteed to improve the situation. Driving? Better. Cooking? Better. Party? Better. Romancing? Better. God only knows how good they must be live....
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