Steppas Records presents Rooted & Grounded, the debut album from Alpha Steppa. The son and nephew of UK dub pioneers Alpha & Omega (Greensleeves/VP), Alpha Steppa has been surrounded by soundsystem and dubplate culture from a young age. Now a talented producer in his own right, his productions connect the dots between the music which he has grown up around and the new generation of UK bass music of which he is a part. His dubbed out style draws upon the sounds of his musical heritage, filtered through an exploration of the newer sounds of contemporary bass music. Alpha Steppa was born into a climate of dub, when he first opened his eyes and ears in the late 1980’s he witnessed a family submerged in dub reggae music, his dad made dub, his auntie made dub, his uncle made dub and his mum listened to dub in the kitchen. 28 years later, Rooted & Grounded stands testament to a life spent in dub and tells the story of Alpha Steppa. Diverse and forward thinking dub music with a deep roots foundation. Currently championed by a range of soundsystems from across the bass music spectrum; from Roots veterans Channel One Soundsystem, to UK Steppers pioneers Iration Steppas to Dubstep originator V.I.V.E.K.
Heavy tune from Keety Roots! Released as a 12″ in 2009 on Black Legacy according to the DiscoGS release page.
Something a bit different this time. King Robby’s brand new album High as the trees has a nice chilled vibe to it and will make you smile. Perfect for lazy sunday mornings and chilling at home when it’s raining outside. Here’s what the album info says:
This is feel good music. Playing in the sprinklers. Day off work. First kiss. Warm hug. Crisp cold watermelon. Home cooked meal. Drinks with friends. Vacation from the everyday music. King Robby originally started as a dubbing project for the album Madness by Professor. The first half of that album includes the original versions of the song and the second half are the dub versions by King Robby. The album was produced by Harrison Stafford of Groundation and features some of the best musicians in Jamaica, including Horsemouth, Bernard Collins and U-Roy. In 2014, Stafford and King Robby collaborate again for the album Natty Will Fly Again (NWFA). King Robby dubbed the songs in addition to mixing duties for the entire album. NWFA features the vocals of Ashanti Roy, Pablo Moses, and Winston Jarrett. Working out of his own Reasoning Studio, King Robby (Rob Cross) blends his love for Dub, Reggae, Trip-Hop and Electronic music into an evolution of dub sound.
And the cool video teaser
Inna Dub Style had a pleasant surprise waiting in the mailbox (that’s dubit at innadubstyle dot com, send me your tunes!) a couple of days ago. Italian dub producer Pablo RasteR had sent in his debut solo album Art of Dub. It’s packed with tuff dub tunes and features top international singers and instrumentalists like Dan I, Barry Isaacs, Violinbwoy and Sandro Paradisi. Pablo RasteR’s riddims are massive heavy and raw militant (italo-)UK Dub Stepper tunes that are built for Soundsystem.
Art of Dub is heavy from the very start; when I started with the first track Word, Sound & Power with a man like Dan I on the vocals, I knew after the first 20s that this album is going to be good. When the kick and bass come in, it’s time for some serious headbangin’ and dub meditation. The album continues it’s journey of dub with groundshaking monotonous UK dub-style basslines on top of militant drums with very nice reverbed rimshots, minimal percs and a hint of arpeggiated synth-psychedelia (maybe even a hint too much?) now and then. The featuring artists bring in their own twist with conscious lyrics and superb instrumental performances. Inna Dub Style’s favourite tracks have to be Word, Sound & Power (ft. Dan I), the title track Art of Dub (ft. Sandro Paradisi) and Battle of Megiddo (ft. Violinbwoy), the last track is a violin version of the opening track. Can’t wait to hear these tunes on a serious soundsystem. This is a good album, and I’m sure many bass-lovers will agree with this.
Here’s a short album trailer which will give a good overview of the album, check it out –>
Here’s what the press release says:
“Pablo RasteR is a producer, singer and musician, he produced dozens of albums and has performed more than 800 concerts in Italy and in Europe. He worked with artists like Madaski (Africa Unite, Dub Sync), Zion Train, Vlastur, Dziga, Ricc Frost, Kg Man and Kasia Malenda. Art of Dub is his first solo album as a producer, featuring international artists like Dan I (Imperial Sound Army), Barry Isaacs, MrDill Lion Warriah, Sandro Paradisi, Natty Sly, Valentina Benaglia, Violinbwoy.
The cover of the album was made by Michael “Freestylee” Thompson, Jamaican artist of international fame. Eleven tracks of pure dub, where the artist presents his personal vision of this music and its unique characteristics.
Published by Elastica Records, available on all major digital stores and on pabloraster.com .”
Enjoy the full album on Bandcamp, and please do support the artist by buying the album if you like it.
Money By Zion Train feat Daman from the Money EP released on Universal Egg Records (Eggy032) Also from the forthcoming Zion Train album ‘Land Of The Blind’ (WW056) Video director Piero Ali Passatore. www.wobblyweb.com
Something completely different for a change! Ainokainen, (eng. The One) a gentle love song. When we hit 1000 views on Youtube, we’ll publish some more.
Thinking of you,
The light of million suns lights in my chest,
The One (rough translation)
Hoippu Orkesteri is a 10-piece band from Finland, in which I have the honor of playing synths, melodica and percs. Our sound is not strictly reggae, but rather a mix of a bit of everything with influences also from funk, afro, dub and even rock. Do listen to this other song too, titled Selkä on kipeä, which means “My back is aching” (from bowing down to the downpressure man).
Show your support and get a copy. 57 big tunes from top artists and producers very reasonably priced. All the profits go towards helping Patrick of Instrument of Jah Sound System with his battle with cancer.