This is the second release from the Unit 137 label and its resident producers Hylu and Jago. It combines reggae, dub, club and jungle in a series of five mixes over the basic Anansi rhythm. The opening track, ‘Anansi’, is a vocal version from Nanci Correia with a gentle reggae take on the rhythm, a sleepy kind of melody and an industrial strength bass located so deep as to almost exit the range of human perception. David Boomah’s more assertive vocal version – ‘No Have No Heart’ – follows, the rhythm coming to life as if in support. Kahn’s remix of Nanci Correia’s vocal track makes serious creative inroads into the rhythm, generating a slightly doomy club feel to the initial ‘Anansi’ track, while the Run Tingz Cru remix of the David Boomah version adds a distinct jungle mix to the basic rhythm. The closing ‘Dub’ from the label’s own Sleepy Time Ghost (STG) in one sense brings it all together and in another takes it all apart, with its deconstruction of some of the instrumental elements of each of the mixes, snatches of both Nanci Correia’s and David Boomah’s vocals, and an overall pace that’s fixed somewhere between the slow original rhythm and its jungled-up bigger brother, all rolled into one great big latter-day dub.
Hylu and Jago: Anansi Riddim; Unit 137 label (CD, download, limited edition EP) release 30th July 2012