Dienstag, 15. Januar 2013

Meditations - Reggae Crazy - Anthology 1971 - 1979

Even by Jamaican standards, the Meditations' early career is convoluted, and both Ansel Cridland and Danny Clarke's careers were already well underway before the pair linked up.

The Meditations were one of the earliest vocal trios to follow reggae's trend towards a darker, "dreader" sound in the early '70s; although their first album was released in 1977, they had recorded numerous singles up to that point, and some of the best of those songs are compiled on this album (along with some tracks recorded later). The piercing falsetto singing on "Must Be a First" is reminiscent of the Congos at their best (perhaps owing in part to the distinctive sound of Lee Perry's Black Ark studio, where this song was recorded), and there's an echo of the Mighty Diamonds in the sophisticated harmonies on "Get Left." But "Woman Piabba" draws on calypso traditions to a degree unusual in reggae, while "Play I" employs a drum arrangement (courtesy of Sly Dunbar) that prefigures some of the innovations that would later be heard in U.K. reggae. The album's title track, a tiresome one-chord vamp, is the only clunker on this album. Everything else is strictly killer

 "Reggae Crazy" collects 11 tracks form the albums "Wake Up", "Guidance" and "Message From The Meditations" plus 2 tracks previously unreleased and 2 tracks available on single only.

The Meditations - Reggae Crazy - Anthology 1971 - 1979
(192 kbps, small front cover included)

Sonntag, 13. Januar 2013

High Tone - Live

High Tone is a dub band from Lyon, France. Formed in 1997, the band came with an emergence of the French dub music Scene, with bands like Brain Damage Sound System, Kaly Live Dub, Le Peuple de l'Herbe, Improvisators Dub or Meï Teï Shô.

Formed by five members, High Tone feeds their music with various influences, such as Drum'n'bass, Ambient, Trance, Vintage Dub with artists like King Tubby or Lee "Scratch" Perry. After a few self produced vinyl EPs, the band signed at the label "Jarring Effects". High Tone members are now considered major actors in the French dub scene, and are known for numerous collaborations with other artists.

1. The Orientalist
2. Mother Dubber

3. 112 Dub
4. Hard Working
5. Bad Weather
6. Short Visit
7. Enter The Dragon
8. Onew Dub
9. Dehli-Katmandou
10. Taniotoshi
11. Echo-Logik

High Tone - Live (160 kbps, front cover included)