The multi-talented Francis Harris returns to his own label for this collaboration with his friend and guitarist Gabe Hedrick. Floods is far removed from Harris' dance floor work, and on "Now Grey" the pair steer their way through monochrome ambient textures that flow and ebb like the ocean tides. There are some references to the dance floor, albeit only fleetingly, on the title track, where they conjure up the plumes of dubby, Modern Love-style textures that float tantalisingly, while "Blue Sky Shoes" is an immersive deep techno affair. However, this album sounds most impressive at the interface between Harris' layered sequencing and Hedrick's gentle but searing guitar playing - check "Snowbird" and the wonderfully evocative "Every New Thing" for further proof.
Nu Beginningz (Jinx In dub Steppa remix) - (5:11) 80 BPM
Revolution In Dub (DJ Madd remix) - (5:07) 140 BPM
Rebel MC aka Congo Natty's well received 2013 album Jungle Revolution now gets the remix treatment by the who's who of the scene. From legends to upstarts, the results are quite impressive. The man is credited as being one of the original UK junglists, setting the foundations for the sound/scene and how it has evolved since, so these guys have their work cut out for them. Highlights on here are the Dubkasm Dragon Slayer mix of "Dub Souljah " with its purist dancehall vibes, the new school representing proper dub with the Jinx In dub Steppa remix of "Nu Beginningz" and the legendary Adrian Sherwood delivering his remix of "UK All Stars In Dub ". There's a lot to get through on here. "London Dungeons Dub (Young Warrior remix - Son Of Jah Shaka)" brings more of the purist dub vibes back again, DJ Madd's remix of "Jah Warriors In Dub" is no doubt the most fierce modern vibe on here while "Nu Beginningz Dubwise (Mungos Hi Fi remix)" goes for the more smoky, low-slung vibes. It one Jah!
Contemporary roots reggae troupe Fat Lion lay down more melodic dub gold with "Pay Your Way". Blessed with bold harmonies on the chorus, subtle melodica twists and warm drum beef, it's an ageless burner that could easily be compared to the likes of Dawn Penn or Prince Fatty. It's complemented by three respectful rubs; Leo Samson massages a sweet two-step into the melting pot while Fleck pays his way with two big jungle twists.
Bristol mic merchant Gardna hooks up with Tiffani Juno and Ed West on production duties to celebrate the St Pauls vibe. A positive reggae (think Prince Fatty) joint baked in just the right amount of sun, even during the coldest of months this will unleash your inner summer soul. Remix-wise Leo Samson adds more spacious dub dynamic, Dead Belly gets slinky on a two-step flex while Ed Solo fills our cups with an undiluted cocktail of jump-up jungle juice and Red Stripe. Vibey.