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Released 06 February 2012
Following the critical success of Dub Colossus’ second album, Addis Through the Looking Glass in 2011 and two fantastic headline sets at the WOMAD festival at Charlton Park, Dubulah made a dub-heavy album, reworking existing Dub Colossus album tracks and including four previously unreleased tracks.
It’s a more personal approach for Dubulah, who “turns the dub element in Ethiopian fusion up to 11 —applying heavy one-drop pressure to hypnotic effect.” (Metro UK)
The original aim of Dub Colossus was to combine the golden years of Ethiopique beats and Ethiojazz with the dub reggae styles of the early 70s groups like Abyssinians and Mighty Diamonds. The dub element on Dub Me Tender, ever-present in the group’s first two albums, has been pumped up —giving these tracks a full Dubulah work-over, in the tradition of Joe Gibbs’ African Dub series and Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell.
Dub Me Tender Volume 1 was also released in a limited edition on green vinyl. It features the cast of Addis Through The Looking Glass; the original Ethiopian musicians are joined by the reggae singer Mykaell Riley (Steel Pulse), drummer Nick Van Gelder (Jamiroquai), the Horns of Negus brass section, bass work from Dr Das (Asian Dub Foundation), and double bass from Bernard O’Neill (Syriana).
The shimmering Ethiojazz elements remain, but Dub Colossus mastermind Dubulah applies heavy one-drop pressure to hypnotic effect. Metro (UK)
This is a solid yet bracingly air-filled effort that pays its respects to the dub tradition while simultaneously moving things along. Songlines (UK)
Released 25 April 2011
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