January 2015 Echo Chamber Archives

First show of 2015…and it was filled with new music. Brand new selections from Ondubground (from the “Vaticaen Box – V.2” on ODG), Capital Letters (from the new “Wolverhampton” on Sugar Shack), Taiwan MC, Grant Phabao & Horace Andy, Du3normal & Jennifer Paulos, Adam Prescott (ft. Luciano), Black Symbol, Black Roots, and Leah Rosier. More great dubwise filled the show from the likes of Dub Gabriel (ft. PJ Higgins), Dubor & the Duborians, Ras Takura (from his new “Food war” album), Doozer Dubby Doo, Sly & Robbie, Svaha Soundsystem, DJ Vadim presents The Electric, Lee Scratch Perry, The Crystalites, Little Tempo, Dry & Heavy, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, and more…

Started things out tonight with a great track “Talk About Peace” from Grant Phabao & Horace Andy on the ParisDJs label…days after the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris. As the rest of the world seems to be obessessed with violence, hatred, and destruction, reggae music always seems to provide a voice of oneness and place of peaceful refuge. And Horace Andy talkin’ about peace surely fits the bill. New releases in the mix from Gappy Ranks meets Dub Club (on Stones Throw); Vibronics (“Samsara EP” on Cubiculo); Riverside Rockers (from the “Beware of Vampires” on Boom One); Jah Bless (“Redemption” on Zion High Productions); Asante Amen with Piper St. Sound (on Boom One); Black Symbol (with the “Black Symbol” anthology on Reggae Archive); Victoria Moralez (with the cool new “Control Freak” single); Monodread; Dubkasm (the “Jah Victory/Right There EP” ft. Luciano & Turbulence); Kukan Dub Lagan (“Sunshine Music for Smiling People” on Mikelabella); and Eddie Murphy – yes, that Eddie Murphy – with the “Oh Jah Jah” single. We also aired a pre-release version of a new track from Jazzmin Tutum & Dub Thomas. On top of all the new stuff, we featured Lucky Kidd, King Tubby, Dry & Heavy, J Boog, Shpongle, The Mighty Diamonds, Ill-Esha, Ranking Dread, UB40, Phillip Greter, Meditation, Noble Vibes, and more…

Tonight The Echo Chamber commemorated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. – featuring the “I Have A Dream” speech as well as parts of several other speeches. But of course, it was the great music which fit the theme and really made the show… This included tracks like the brand new “Inspiration” from E.N Young’s “Live, Love, Stay Up” album; “Revolution Dub” from Ras Bruno meets Don Fe (on the new “Dub Bibliotheque Vol.1” from Svaha Sound); “Upon the Bridge” from Groundation; “Solidarity” from Black Symbol (on Reggae Archive Records); the new “Here I Stand” single from Taj Weekes & Adowa; “Redemption Song” from Bob Marley & the Wailers; and others. Also tonight, some choice new music from Stand High Patrol (from the album “A Matter of Scale”), Riverside Rockers, Capital Letters, Alpha Steppa, clectic Roots Ensemble, and Nalchro (from the new “Vaticaen Box Vol. 2” compilation on ODG). More great sounds from Hirie (an extended showcase mix of “Smile”), Comando del Dub meets Lee Java, The Mighty Diamonds (who were just in town!), Gaudi, Dub Club (Tom Chasteen & Tippa Lee), The Revolutionaries, Pale Rider, Hempolics, Le Grand Miercoles, Jackie Mittoo, The Observers, The Senior All Stars, and more…

Some great new releases tonight, plus celebrating the birthday of the late great King Tubby. Kicked off the birthday party with the excellent new Dub Syndicate “Hard Food” album. The album was nearly complete when the great Style Scott was senselessy murdered late alst year. This was followed by the very cool Ethiopian flavored “Labyrinth” album (on Dubophonic) from Tzelalot; the excellent “Keep Planting Seeds” album (on Irie Vibrations) from Martin Zobel & Soulrise; and the fine “Gappy Ranks meets Dub Club” release (on Stones Throw). More new music from 11 Acorn Lane, L&S SymfHoney, Cool Prestige, El Bib ( from the “Dub Bibliotheque vol. 1” compulation on Svaha Sound), E.N Young, New Kingston, Sub Hero, Ruffi Ann, 2NE1, and Bob Marley & the Wailers (from the “Easy Skanking in Boston ’78” CD/DVD release). Filled out the show with some Tubby dubs and more great stuff from the likes of Tangerine Dream (in memory of Edgar Froese), Lee Scratch Perry, Kalya Scintilla, Clinton Fearon, Marcia Aitken & Trinity, David “Fathead” Newman, Roots Tonic meets Bill Laswell, Black Market Brass, YesKing, and more…