Ode To Joy (Babylon Can't Control I) (Ojah remix) (5:02)
Ode To Joy (Babylon Can't Control I) (Ojah remix dub) (5:02)
Ode To Joy (Babylon Can't Control I) (Ruv Bytes mix) (5:02)
Ode To Joy (instrumental - Ojah mix) (5:01)
Review: Alchemy Dubs hits fantastic number five with new versions of this real reggae anthem. "Ode To Joy (Babylon Can't Control I)" by Cornell Campbell and Soothsayers first appeared on "Nothing Can Stop Us" back in 2013 on Strut and now gets remixed and re-dubbed by Ojah and Ruv Bytes. Breezy, sweet rolling grooves with jangling pianos and warm hearted vocal deliveries are all tethered to planet earth by some brilliantly fat bass.
Ric Carbi & Dohlance - "Smoking The Highest" (3:44)
Salute - "Smoking Riddim" (4:21)
Review: This is a classic riddim from the hard working folk at Room In The Sky with a new vocal on top, available for the first time on vinyl. Produced by Lewis M, lead tune 'Smoking The Highest' teases and toys with you until it eventually drops into a big, happy, horn lead groove. The vocals are clean and crisp on top, paying love and respect to the smoke as the drums wiggle and horns continue to reach for the skies. Salute takes care of the remix on the flip and ups the ante, with fat bottomed bass and a more noodling lead all vying for your attention.
Review: New school dub warriors Juliaiasiah & Salute link up for another devastating dub that comes right and ready from the off. The mid tempo drums in "Cool Nah Man" rumble up and down with contemporary chords that do a fine job of lighting up the beats with a modern edge. The low slung bass does its dirty work way down below, with a sweet vocal line riding away up top. On the flipside is the more stripped back and heady dub, though the drums and that ace lead sax still do plenty of damage.
Rapha Pico & The Signal One Band - "Lead The Way" (4:58)
The Signal One Band - "Lead The Dub" (4:55)
Review: The Signal One Band formed in 2017 after a bunch of local regular session musicians linked up after meeting at Earth Works Studio in Amsterdam. Between them the gang has worked with big names from the worlds of ska, reggae and dubstep, and all this goes into a crucial melting pot that brews up the old and new, finished off with a warm vintage aesthetic. Their new label is minted with a rumbling, roots tune that has lush trumpets and billowing chords cushioning your daily grind. The dub on the flip is even fatter and perfectly easy to get lost in.