Hard hitting, energetic and vibrant is the only way to describe Emergency Basslines, the debut album by Aniruddha Das aka Dr Das. Dr Das is a veteran of the bass and the sound that can aptly be called Asian Dub, having been a founder band member of the noted Asian Dub Foundation. After leaving the band in 2006 to pursue his own musical journey and concentrate on teaching again, he has brought to us, in Emergency Basslines, a sound that is uniquely and recognizably his. (more…)
Reggae in Aotearoa is at the strongest its been for years. This is proven and succinctly confirmed in this new, most conscious, release. As a mouthpiece for the quality of Reggae nationwide, the initial song’s (From Street to Sky) main hook proudly proclaims ‘look at me now’, rightfully acknowledging the success of their/our music in this time.
The musicianship is sublime. Extremely tight, well composed and with an audibly high level of production skill, the album is a signpost of the standard expected and delivered. And so consistent are the individual songs, it becomes tricky to pick out highlights. (more…)
It’s hard to believe this is the first solo album from Stephen ‘Raggamuffin’ Marley. A seasoned performer for the last 27 years, Stephen joined The Melody Makers at age 7 and has been writing, producing and performing ever since. I was stunned to discover Marley has won five Grammy awards for his efforts, more than any reggae artist in history. After co-writing and producing much of brother Damian’s 2005 release, ‘Welcome to Jamrock’, Stephen has been recording and producing his own tracks in his Miami-based Lion’s Den studio. (more…)
He established The Roots Foundation, one of the first and pioneering sounds in Aotearoa, which forwarded reggae music throughout the country for more than ten years. (more…)