Review: Roots, reggae and dub all permeate this silky suite of cuts from Digital English, which look as far back as they gaze into the future for their inspirations. There are digi-vibes on Lin Strong's "Valley Of Elah" before the clean and crisp riddims of Chazbo's "Over The Mountain" are lit up by harmonic chords from the heavens. An echo-drenched dub version then leads into the bumping "Running Away" which implores you to confront your fears, while Kniox's "Chatty Mount" has a meandering lead synth that drifts in the distance. Arguably best of all though, is Digital English's closing cut "Chatty Dub" - a real killer with crisp hits and endless bass ripples.
Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - "The Man Who Does The Work" (3:09)
Smith & The Prophets - "Valley Of Joesaphat" (3:45)
Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - "Go To School Jah Jha Children" (3:39)
Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - "Love Of Jah" (4:31)
The Prophets - "Sand In My Shoe" (4:25)
The Prophets - "Jah Vengeance" (2:58)
King Tubby - "Greetings" (3:01)
The Prophets - "Fire Fire Dub" (2:33)
The Prophets - "Stand Up & Fight Dub" (3:34)
Tommy McCook - "Sand In My Shoe Dub" (3:00)
Review: Pressure Sounds' latest release takes us back to 1976 and "Wall Of Jerusalem", a soulful reggae album by The Prophets that included production from both Yabby You (the band's lynchpin and lead vocalist) and dub mixer King Tubby. The album is something of a roots classic, with Yabby You's seductive, soul-fired vocal numbers being joined by delay-laden heavy dub revisions by King Tubby. You'll find the original set on LP 1, with the second being dedicated to alternate versions, previously unreleased tracks recorded in the same period, and alternate dubs that have lain dormant in Yabby You's archives for the best part of 40 years.