Review: Vietnam VS Jamaica on Irish Moss. Could this EP possibly BE more international? The vibes meet the air miles: Blunty's laid down the crudest of dub bounce arrangements and it's the perfect match for Blackout's throaty spittage. Remix-wise we hear the Dirty Dubsters ride high on a well-known reggae riff, Liondub take things back to 94 with a rudeboy jungle lick and J-Bostron take things back to 97 with a crisp n' bashy jump-up session. Massive.
Review: What a package! Scottish duo Capitol 1212 team up with Toddla T-endorsed Serocee for a roaring reggae-roasted party joint: with well-known samples, a sing-along hook and lively scratches and twists on the riddim, it's an epic sizzler of carnivalian proportions. Remix-wise we're treated to two jams from the Dub Pistols (one D&B, one nu-funk), Dirty Dubsters provide a rolling halftempo D&B rub that switches to full speed mid-way and Bluntskull add more emphasis on the authentic skank factor. Make a disturbance today...
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: Taken from their album Fire It Up, "Real Bad Boys" makes a very subtle reference to the chord structure on Inner Circle's famous "Bad Boys" and features the distinctive guttural vocal tones of Blackout JA. Remix-wise Irish Moss have called in the big guns. Jalapeno's Basement Freaks turn in a strutting nu-funk blend while Bristol's finest reggae D&B crew Run Tingz get lively with a fire-starting 170 workout. Bad boy business, through and through...
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: Irish wobble-maestros Dirty Dubsters continue their relentless assault on the junodownload charts, unveiling "Girls Pon Mi Mind" a eminently carnival ready collaboration with Champion UK Deejay Top Cat, which comes backed with some switch em up remixes. The original version pays equal attention to the chunked out beats as it does the authentic dubbed out skank riddims that shift in and out of focus along with some vintage JA horns, whilst Top Cat's distinctive delivery rides the circa 140bpm bump with aplomb. Those wanting something a bit rowdier will no doubt be satisfied by the accompanying remixes from Liondub and Spenda C which flip "Girls Pon Mi Mind"in a vintage jungle stylee and main room dumbstep way respectively.
Review: When it comes to contemporary reggae collaborations, Rise Up star Turbulence is a big look. With a distinctive vocal style, his delivery is so emphatic he'll have you singing along before you even know the words. Naturally this hook-up with Dirty Dubsters is no exception as he surges forth over a bubbling digidub hook. Remix-wise we're bombarded with boundary-bashing rubs: King Yoof gets lively with a vibrant jump-up breaks blend, Zion Train get deep with a rippling sub session, Numa Crew serve up a slamming, swaggering halfstep version while T-Kay closes the show with a spotless jump-up D&B shout out. Each version tickling a different corner of the dance, Irish Moss have curated a very special set right here.
Review: There are occasions where a vocal simply isn't necessary; the instrumental original does all the damage you want it to. Then there's the less frequent case of vocal / instrumental smelting that's so natural and neat, you wonder why it hasn't happened sooner. "Real Good Gal" is definitely in the latter category. Originally released in 2012, Tzinas' "Jam Hot Riddim" (a dub version of Beats International), here we find it graced with Montreal's finest dancehall singer Clinton Sly and it's the perfect match. The remixes are equally stimulating; Maars adds emphasis to the beats, Cut La Vis adds a sense of electronic evangelism and Dark Able smashes out a jungle-juiced jump up D&B vibe. Real good vibes.
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: Origin One got it together to release album All For The Love back in May, but it looks as though things have slowed down since then. As a result, we just get the one new track, "Good Ganja", here - a laidback dub reggae jam with an authorities vocal from Cheshire Cat. There's four remixes to choose from, our favourites being DJ Maars' half-time hip-hop influenced head-nodder and Juice Foresight's surprisingly lively deep tropical house jam.
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: Subtifuge's debut on Irish Moss is here. A hip-swaying, big-toking Ganja anthem sure to have lighters raised and heads nodding, the one and only Mr Williamz delivers sweet vocals while Subtifuge's original goes for a huge steppin' riddim. Remixes come from Canadian Jungle don Marcus Visionary, Scotland's finest J. Bostron providing a huge amount of extra jungle fire power on this release, while Dirty Dubsters slow things down to a half-time reggae riddim. Lift up ya can in salute and get moving!
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.