Return To Addis

Dub Colossus, 2009

The EP, Return To Addis' features previously unheard material: two fresh tracks and two remixes from the album A Town Called Addis.

1. Black Rose remix - Sidestepper's Richard Blair brings his unique dub-flavoured Colombian hybrid sound to the track, which features the delicious smoky tones of Ethiopian singer, Desta Fikra. Wind and grind for the hips and mind... a sonic dubscape.

2. Sima Edy remix -- by that most irie emperor electric, Cesar Diaz, a Real World Remixed competition winner. Producer Dubulah was so taken with the winner that he wanted this track to reach a wider audience. It features "Mr Mesenqo" -- Teremage Woretaw -- on lead vocal and mesenqo, vocalists Sintayehu Zenebe and Tsedenia Gebremarkos Woldeselassie, Samuel Yirga on keyboards, and Feleke Hailu on sax, topped off by the unbelievable bass playing of Winston Blissett (possibly the best bass player in the world).

3. Negus Dub features Sintayehu "Mimi" Zenebe on lead vocals alongside the inspired percussion of Dan Harper (Invisible System) and the Horns of Negus brass section in a heavyweight dub workout.

4. Habasha Dub is an Ethiojazz taxi ride around Addis Ababa. Driven by the powerful singing of Tsedenia Gebremarkos Woldeselassie on lead vocals, with Samuel Yirga on keyboards and Feleke Hailu on tenor sax (Mr Ethiopian Pop Idol to you!) via the scintillating brass sound of The Horns of Negus at their most Sun Ra and Brotherhood of Breath-influenced best.


  • Without a Doubt, the Best EP of the Summer's a new 4-track EP that's got two remixes and a two previously unreleased tracks. First up on the remix is Sidestepper who is known for he own take on 'global dance' and he gets those mountain drums and rolling basslines into a transcendental state with Dick Dale on guitar and Yusek Lateef on flute (not literally of course). But that doesn't prepare you for the Cesar Diaz Remix of 'Sima Edy' that's so drenched in dub smoke it's as if Lee Perry was producing Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics. Taking of Mr. Perry, 'Negus Dub' is a stuning workout featuring the horny offspring of the Sons Of Negus, the mighty Horns of Negus and 'Habasha Dub' that's very Mulatu inspired. Without doubt, the best EP of the summer FLY - Global Music Culture (Europe)