Review: It's a proper Celtic hoedown with Scotland's Capitol 1212 teaming up with Irish Moss for "Worldwide Echo". It's a match made in heaven as the in yer face D&B of the former blends perfectly with dubby vibes of the latter. There's plenty to choose from on the remix front too, from the classic dub of Tuffist & Max Powa to the breaky funk of Funkanomics via the pumpin' UKF beats of Juice Forever.
Review: Edinburgh-based production duo Capitol 1212 (AKA producers Professa Fresh and Fly T) has been offering up reggae, dancehall and dub-influenced club fodder since the tail end of the 2000s. Here, they present their first album for Irish Moss Records, a self-proclaimed "tribute to soundsystem culture". In effect, that means a festival-friendly sprint through straight-up reggae, reggae-jungle, dubwise breaks, carnival-bating dancehall and booming reggae-influenced hip-hop. It's not subtle, but it is a whole heap of fun, with a stellar list of guest vocalists - MAD, Tenor Fly, Million Dan and Daddy Freddy included - swinging by to add to the celebratory, Boomtown-friendly vibe.
Review: Take a wee dash of Ugly Duckling. Add a massive pinch of Dub Pistols. Bake in an Irish funk oven for several years. Follow this recipe correctly and you'll have Fire It Up, the debut album from the up-and-up duo Obese and Jay Sharp. Not to mention their crack team of killer mic-men. With such a wide range of vocals, the Dubsters hold down the consistency vibe with consummate ease. From Leiko Tola's Ty-style sedate delivery on "Musical Husslers" and Bass Nacho's gritty guttural system-chatter on "Real Bad Boys" to Danny Reid's melodic classical reggae sing-song glow on "Answer Mi Question", there's a tangible 'live' feeling about the whole set. A highly accomplished debut album. If these guys aren't dominating festivals in the next few years this really is Broken Britain.
Review: Dirty Dubsters have been bubbling for a while now; each cut demonstrating their ability to hone a hook and translate well in a live environment. "Fire It Up" is one of their best yet. Coming on strong like a young Dub Pistols, Braintrax posse member Mystro even sounds like Rodney P at points. With a clear, if a little naughty, message and some sun-kissed horns, this will rock well into the summer. Remixes come in all successful shapes and forms... Contemporary rave-bleep (Fog), electro grime (Spenda C) and squelch skank digidub (Jinxlin).
Review: "Big Bad Sound"... What a title! But does it live up to it? Of course it does. Having worked with the likes of Dr Meaker and Dreadsquad in the past, Bristol-based MC Gardna knows his beats big time. The original is a classic slice of authentic dub bubbles peppered with contemporary MC chatter and the remixes range from military drum march vibes (Max Rubadub) to a pensive UK garage 4/4 groove (Dirty Dubsters) via slinky, sonorous D&B (Liondub). Big, bad and wholly sound - this more than lives up to its title.
Review: Time for a little dutty Dublin dancehall as Rukus FX makes his debut with a salubrious bass hybrid that sits between classic and contemporary dub and rides soulfully with warm vocals from Parly B. Remix-wise original breaker King Yoof gets his bubbly festival-slaying dub breaks on, Bazza Ranks switches up the flavours with a bassline-meets-classic house twist while Mr Upfull fills us up with warm system skank flavours. Vibesy.
Review: With previous on Dirty Dubster Digital, Wood N Soo are no strangers to the boundary-punching funk on Irish Moss, as ably shown on this skank-flecked ragga-ravaged party blaster. Featuring Deadly Hunta - a toaster whose repertoire includes the likes of Buju Banton and Mad Professor - his gravelly vocals carry instant command as the beats bubble and bounce. Remix-wise Cut La Vis adds more sunshine to the groove, Dirty Dubsters add a gritty bass-bitten 4/4, SaBBo & Gurfinkel throw down the dark halfstep drama while Yan Zombie gets freaky and ultimately trippy in the beat department.