March 2015 ECHO CHAMBER Archives

In celebration of International Women’s Day (Mar 8th) and National Women’s History Month, the Echo Chamber presented its annual “Beautiful Sounds of Women…Around the World” special. And what a fantastic list of women we had on this year’s show. In Dr. StrangeDub’s half of the program we traveled on very rootical ground…much of it being the fertile grround of Jamaica. This half of the show included the sweet sounds of Rita Marley, Susan Cadogan, Dreadlocks Faye, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Dawn Penn, Kalilah Rose, Jah9, Toian, Etana, Ruffi-Ann, Lydia & Shema (of L&S SymfHoney), Cherine, The Angel (of 60 Channels), SXtheMadArtist, O. De Lanzac, Andrea Parker, Jazzmin Tutum (with Zion Train), Hollie Cook, Jaqee, Masia One (with Dubtonic Kru), Ammoye, Trudy TruDiva, Kirsty Rock (of Trumystic), PJ Higgins (with Jah Wobble), and Brenna MacCrimmon (with Baba Zula). Also in the doctor’s set, we were honored to play an excerpt from an exclusive mix (featuring an extended remix of the Wailers “Exodus”) from renowned DJ Eli Rojas performed live at Ibiza this year.

After the half, DJ Baby Swiss abandoned the ground game, going to the air with Easy Star’s “Great Gig in the Sky” (sung by Kirsty Rock), and then taking it even higher with some really sweet weed courtesy of Soom T & Disrupt (to wit, “Weed Is Sweeter”). Flying right past the end zone with us was Little Dragon, a perfect excuse to deliver a well-in-advance heads-up: singer Yukimi Nagano is bringing her crew of musical fire-breathers to Mpls.‘s First Avenue Mainroom Thur. May 29th, and Mr. Swiss describes himself as, and I quote, “pumped!” Should be a hot one… and speaking of heat, which rises, we kept right on gaining altitude as we sailed high over the nosebleed seats listening to Eddi Reader (with Little Tempo), Marianne LeFort (with Moon Hop), The Selecter, Ranking Ann, Ill:Esha, Lisa Carbon and more. By the time Swiss reprised his go-to “Kyary Perfume Perfume” mix-up, we were orbiting the moon…

Swiss spun two completely different songs (plus dubs) called "Soledad" and "Soledub" (that would be four tracks total). Manifiesto Skajazz' "Soledad" featured the voice of Italy Neira, While Mimi Maura sang her completely different song after Manifiesto's dub. On the mix on the Manifiesto Skajazz dub was none other than Victor Rice, and we're not aware who dubbed the Mimi Maura track, though if I were to hazard a wild guess based on a limited bit o' web research (meaning I could very easily be wrong!) it would be Steven J.C.

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Tonight as part of the KFAI fall pledge drive we revisited a theme we have not done in awhile: A Fistful of Dub: A Dread Western Special. The Echo Chamber headed out to the wild, wild west! The anchors of the show (and the two items that were the germ of the project) were Roots Control’s fantastic “Dread Western” album (on WordSound) and the Ennio Morricone soundtrack to the spaghetti western movie The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Tonight’s show was dreader than dread…

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