Soul Revivers : Grove Dub Review
Soul Revivers is a collaborative project from Nick Manasseh and David Hill. The is releasing their follow-up to their widely acclaimed debut album On The Grove with a dub version of the record: Grove Dub. The ambitious project brings together musicians from across the decades and features Jamaican legends playing alongside young musical talent from London. Grove Dub reworks eight of the original twelve tracks, seeking to highlight dub mixes. Nick then created a powerful soundscape by adding different elements to each track, all mixed live ‘on-the-board’ (on the mixing desk) by hand, old-school style. In his words, “Dub should represent a moment in time which reflects your feelings about the track in that instant. This way, the dub will be done by the time the tune has run… 3 minutes 30 seconds, you’ve got a dub!”
“Underground Dub” features Devon Russell as a guest artist. The Jamaican singer was an icon in the reggae world, especially in rocksteady. The mix has multiple textures with all the style hallmarks in the right places. The music has a balance of house and trance mixed with reggae, making for a modern dub sound that is stylish, relaxing, and fun to listen to any time of the day.
“More Drama” features Emest Ranglin’s tasteful guitar playing. He is known for his early ska recording, where he helped form the role of the guitar in the music. Here he is elegant and brings his fantastic rhythmic quality to the track. The production is well-balanced and the song has an enjoyable flow and varying colors.
Grove Dub is a balanced collection of tunes that showcase Manasseh’s and Hill’s old-school style to elevate these songs with Jamaican sounds and musicians. Each track is an adventure and an enjoyable mix of electronica and reggae.
October 14, 2022
Acid Jazz Acquisitions