|Mad Professor meets Jah9 — In the Midst of the Storm|
Mad Professor meets Jah9 — In the Midst of the Storm (Spt. 8, 2017) ψ A British disciple of Lee “Scratch” Perry who became one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation.
ψ “Music, if not to give praise unto the Most High, give comfort to the spirit and share truth, would be for vanity, selfish ambition and inevitably amount to naught. So I sing for the King.” — Jah9Born: March 27, 1955 in Georgetown, Guyana
Also known as: Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser
Genre: Reggae, Electronic
Styles: Dub, Contemporary Reggae, Dub Poetry, Reggae~Pop, Ambient Dub
Location: Georgetown, Guyana ~ Kingston, Jamaica
Album release: September 8, 2017
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Blue Splatter Translucent
Ξ Limited to 900 copies.
Record Label: VP Records / Steam Chalice Records
1 The I Of The Storm / Selassie I Dub 6:15
2 Spiritual Woman Dub feat. Vaughn “Akae Beka” Benjamin 4:53
3 Moth To A Dub 6:03
4 Fountain Dub 5:21
5 I Aware Dub 4:59
6 Dub Prevail 5:14
7 Strumming Dub 6:05
8 Lioness Order Dub 3:35
9 More And More Dub 5:33
• Neil “Diamond” Edwards: Coordinator [Project Co~ordinator], A&R
• Janine Cunningham, Sameel Johnson: Creative Director [Creative Direction]
• Neil “Mad Professor” Fraser: Engineer [Mixing]
• Janine “Jah9” Cunningham: Executive~Producer
• Richard Natoo: Illustration
• Christopher Scott: MasteredReview
by Mr.T at Reggae Vibes | Aug 10, 2017 |
ψ As part of Record Store Day on April 22nd, 2017, vinyl and dub heads were able to purchase the limited~edition colored vinyl of Mad Professor Meets Jah9’s “In the Midst Of The Storm” exclusively at their local record shop. Almost four months later VP Records has released the cd version of that album.
ψ In the Midst of the Storm brings two exceptional talents and two generations of reggae artists together for the first time. The 2016 release of Jah9’s sophomore album entitled “9” was critically heralded as one of the most refreshing reggae albums of the year. And now, there’s a fully de~constructed, dubwise version of the album with nine newly recorded dub sessions from the eccentric UK dub master, Mad Professor.
ψ Sonically the listener is treated to a diverse collection of dubbed up tracks; a dub extravaganza that most likely will have greater appeal to dub aficionados than to most fans of Jah9’s music. However they shouldn’t be reluctant at all to explore this authentic Ariwa dub rendition as they might be pleasantly surprised by the way Mad Professor utilized his studio wizardry for a remarkable dub remix of Jah9’s vocal album. From the awesome opener “The I of the Storm / Selassie I Dub”, the album progresses with consistently excellent production value and originality. In particular tracks such as “Spiritual Woman Dub”, “I Aware of Dub”, “Lioness Dub” and “More and More Dub” are truly mindblowing, while “Moth of a Dub”, “Fountain Dub”, “Dub Prevail” and “Strumming Dub” have an arresting dreamy quality.
ψ Even after repeated plays there’s always something new to discover, which overall makes this album such an intriguing and interesting listen.
By BRIAN NELSON on APR 17, 2017 •
ψ Poet~alchemist. Leader, healer, spiritual singer. Authentic. Woman. Unique, roots~abstract. Africa. Jah9 infuses the precise lyrical prowess of spoken word with the heart~beat~connect of her Jazz on Dub style. On first listen, Jah9’s sophomore album, simply entitled 9, strikes the listener with intention. From the lyrics, to the arrangements, to the tones, this record has purpose. Warm, heavy bass wraps around dark timbred horn lines, cascading piano riffs, and percussion marching with strength straight from the 12 Tribes. Jah9’s distinct approach to melody cuts through on the heavy hitting track “Prosper,” while her lyrics reveal an artist of utmost integrity and deeply digested spiritual conviction. “Hardcore” speaks to the power of sustenance found through faith and discipline, and the ability this sustenance has to elevate humanity from beneath the shadows cast by the tallest challenges. And all the while, these thematic complexities are equally conveyed through deep, soulful instrumentation reminiscent of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah or Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. Offered to the listener for Record Store Day 2017 is a complete dub remix of 9 by no other than the legend himself, Mad Professor.
ψ Mad Professor, the Ariwa sound guru and pioneer of the second generation of dub’s digital rebirth, has once again given his trademark dub~me~crazy treatment on Mad Professor Meets Jah9 — In the Midst of the Storm. Sonically diverse, 9 already plays as a sophisticated musical entity that places the listener in the thick of Jah9’s musical conjuring. What Mad Professor accomplishes with In the Midst of the Storm is an expertly executed, authentically Ariwa dub rendition of an album already heavily influenced by the dub genre. Dense arrangements prevalent on tracks like “In the Midst” are stretched open, letting the listener vibe on the intricacies as they are washed in a wave of digital reverb and delay to become “I Aware Dub.” The spirituality placed in the foreground of Jah9’s songwriting carries seamlessly into the instrumental dub versions presented on In the Midst of the Storm as the Mad Prof lets the beats and tones preach the gospel of dub. Mad Professor Meets Jah9 — In the Midst of the Storm is the confluence of two spirits, each driven by the divinity of music’s ability to connect to the human experience.
ψ Record Store Day is April 22nd and celebrates a decades~old tradition of cultural exploration and artistic discovery: the record shop. Mad Professor Meets Jah9 — In the Midst of the Storm will be available on limited~edition colored vinyl exclusively at your local record shop as part of Record Store Day 2017.
ψ Rootfire Editor Brian Nelson a.k.a. Red Ninja is passionate about making music, making friends, experiencing life and living to tell the tale. Whether dropping heavy dub beats, cruising untouched Rocky Mountain powder, or talking shop about the music biz, Nelson’s approach is pure ninja. ψ https://rootfire.net/Website: http://www.jah9.com/
|Mad Professor meets Jah9 — In the Midst of the Storm (Sept. 8, 2017)|