The 75th release by Pressure Sounds is a storming dub set by renown producer Dennis Bovell (i.e. LKJ, The Pop Group, Fela Kuti, The Slits, Alpha Blondy, Orange Juice, or Madness). We have 16 new mixes of tracks originally recorded between 1978 and 1986 with the cream of the UKs reggae session players (including the Linton Kwesi Johnson Dub Band!), with two features by I-Roy, extensive sleeve notes by Steve Barker, artwork & illustrations by John Simms, and photos by Adrian Boot and David Corio.
All the tracks have been sourced from original masters and have been remixed by Dennis Bovell at Mad Professors studio Ariwa in South London. Dennis came up with the idea of returning to unfinished as down in his musical lock-up lay a stack of boxes containing old 2 inch multi-track analogue master tapes, some dating back to the late seventies; Dennis selected some likely looking titles that never had dub treatment and arranged some time in Neil Fraser’s (the Mad Professor) studio as he knew the Prof had every gadget under the sun, there he “baked” tapes ready for digital conversion via an Alesis HD24 a 24 track, 48kHz hard disk recorder rescuing the sounds from an inevitable oxidization process that comes with age. At the mixing end Dennis utilizes a whole range of outboard gear from old analogue to the latest digital sets, explaining the unique and separate end sounds of the dubs presented on the album.
It’s a ferocious beast of a record featuring some of the best remixes we have heard in a long time. The cream of the UKs reggae session player’s feature on the record. There are also a couple of vocal guest appearances by one of Jamaica’s greatest ever Deejays I Roy. As well as being a cornerstone of Lovers Rock Bovell has always been deeply entwined with sound system culture. His popular sound system ‘Jah Sufferers’ always had a top selection of the hottest dubs. What we have on ‘Mek It Run’ is a set that would have been worthy of playing on that mighty sound. Dennis Bovell is a producer who totally understands both the art of remixing and sound system culture. Bovells musical collaborations stretch from reggae through to artists such as Alpha Blondy, The Pop Group, Fela Kuti, The Slits, Orange Juice, The Thompson Twins, and Madness. He has also worked with the dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson for much of his working life. But it’s dub music that holds a special place in Bovells heart and ‘Mek It Run’ is a fine addition to Dennis Bovells previous work in this sub-genre.
Another winner from Pressure Sounds!
01. Vargen (Dub For Basboosa)
02. Mek It Run (Run Rasta Run)
03. Princess Dub
04. In Tha Mix
05. Secret Service
06. Dub d’Cap’n
07. Floods of Tears w/ Noel Green
09. Afreecan feat. I Roy
10. Binghi Man
11. Dub Code
12. Regole Pas
13. Burden feat. I.Roy
14. Cross To Bear
15. Wallpaper Eraser
16. After The Storm (Tahrir Rock)
The album Dennis Bovell “Mek It Run” (Pressure Sounds) is going to be released July 6, 2012.