Dub Inc : So What (dub-inc.com)

 |   |  <1 min read

Mache becife
Dub Inc : So What (dub-inc.com)

This French outfit – who do exactly what their band name claims – appeared in New Zealand at the 2014 Womad and were rightly acclaimed . . . although selling reggae to a Kiwi audience isn't exactly a stretch.

What sets the ensemble apart from many other practitioners in the good-vibe groove is how they co-opt gruff-voiced ragga, sometimes aggressive percussion, allusions to more exotic cultures outside of the Jamaica/France axis (North Africa) and old school roots into the same mix as the more familiar genre styles.

This mix of French and English language lyrics – with guest vocalists Naaman and Mellow Mood, both famous en France – also lift this past the landslide of international reggae releases.

Because they aren't on our radar for a tour, this 14-song collection may well go past most reggae aficionados . . .  but anyone who caught them at Womad will doubtless seek this out with enthusiasm.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Reggae articles index

Troy Kingi and the Upperclass: Holy Colony Burning Acres (digital outlets/Border)

Troy Kingi and the Upperclass: Holy Colony Burning Acres (digital outlets/Border)

If Troy Kingi's impressive double album debut Guitar Party at Uncle's Bach announced a singer/guitarist and songwriter of considerable breadth and accomplishment, the follow-up Shaky Your Skinny... > Read more

Katchafire: On the Road Again (EMI)

Katchafire: On the Road Again (EMI)

The title song/opener here is appropriate: for most of the past decade this hard-working band have been playing everywhere from small town bars and main centres around New Zealand to... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

ALLIGATOR RECORDS 1971 - 2011: Four decades of brittle and often brilliant blues

ALLIGATOR RECORDS 1971 - 2011: Four decades of brittle and often brilliant blues

In his excellent book More Miles Than Money, subtitled “journeys through American music”, the expat London-based writer Garth Cartwright meets Bruce Iglauer who founded the Alligator... > Read more

WITH GILBERT AND GEORGE, a film by JULIAN COLE (2008, Madman DVD)

WITH GILBERT AND GEORGE, a film by JULIAN COLE (2008, Madman DVD)

Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about the artists Gilbert and George revealed in this insightful and candid documentary is -- aside from their alarming normalcy -- that they don't have a... > Read more