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Friday, Apr 10 2015 | 03:31
Image: 1596202 Here’s a taster for Beam Up’s album, nailing its colours firmly to a red, gold and green flag. Sounding like it could’ve been recorded in the golden era of the early ‘80s No Chains concerns itself with the classic reggae theme of emancipation from (mental and physical) slavery.

TRACKLISTING
A - No Chains feat. Jornick Joelick
B - Travelling feat. Jornick Joelick


For Fans Of:
King Tubby, Dubmatix, DJ Vadim, Yesking, Adrian Sherwood

Here’s a taster for Beam Up’s album, nailing its colours firmly to a red, gold and green flag. Sounding like it could’ve been recorded in the golden era of the early ‘80s No Chains concerns itself with the classic reggae theme of emancipation from (mental and physical) slavery. A fine horn section add depth to rousing percussive rhythms, with classic rimshots, echo FX and a heavy bass. Travelling is something Brian May, the alter-ego of Beam Up, has done a lot of, but this Ozbased DJ/producer who made his name with out-there Balkan/dub sets and who has collaborated with greats including Lee Perry and Mad Professor is using his current musical direction to document a spiritual exodus. Done sing-jay style, Travelling begins and ends with train whistles, and its jaunty riddim belies its conscious message(s). Horns and an organ augment the journey. In a climate of increasingly ephemeral pop and dance music, this is a double-sider that will sit happily in any collection that has ever found a home for the likes of Burning Spear, Eek-A-Mouse or even Shiloh-era Buju Banton. His own journey might’ve begun (in the notoriously reggae-friendly) Down Under, but Beam Up looks set to have solid roots in the contemporary outernational roots reggae scene.

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