Tradesman/Parly B: Dubplate Fashion

From Reggae Roast comes this fine five-track collection of tracks atop a reworked version of Gregory Isaacs’ familiar Rumour Riddim. Things kick off with Reggae Roast MC Parly B together with Leeds’ very own Tradesman in their straightahead account of the title track, immediately followed by its dub. It’s curious that digital dub now sounds almost nostalgic, a testament to how the music keeps evolving, not least through the efforts of those involved here. Next up is the relatively unadorned riddim track in its own right, reminiscent perhaps of the production strengths of those such as King Jammy and Scientist (or indeed the sound system feel of Mungo’s Hi-Fi with whom Parly B has worked in the past).

Then along comes an energised remix of Dubplate Fashion courtesy of Adam Prescott (see 7th July 2012) which makes life interesting with a dancehall-leaning assertive vocal take on the title track plus some intriguing dub/dubstep instrumental changes along the way. Matters conclude with Adam Prescott’s remix dub take on the preceding track, a powerful dubbed-up way to wrap things up.

This release further consolidates Reggae Roast’s reputation in taking the music forward in their own distinctive way, uniquely creating something that will be listened to by those schooled in the old reggae tradition as well as the club-driven dubstep deep-dub sound of more recent times.

Dubplate Fashion: Vinyl/DDL, Reggae Roast Records, release 2nd September 2013

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