Tonight we hung out at the Dub Club Tiki Bar for the annual Echo Beach end of summer special. A bit different kind of Echo Chamber — as we’ll actually played some rock ‘n roll: that twangy, instrumental surf rock one expects to find at all great tiki bars. Then, once the martinis were well shaken, we’ll gott into some cool old school soul and R&B. We were really cookin’ now, and the Tiki Bar lounge was heavy with kali smoke…so we cooled things down with a variety of lounge sounds, world sounds, weird electronica, and swanky jazz. Some deep Zen meditation followed the martinis and kali…as we aired part 2 of the In the Garden of Dub Mix I put together. This dubwise mix celebrates the pleasures of gardening, the roots of life, and the seasons of nature.
What a full show of new releases, roots classics, and an excellent summer guest mix. Tonight we debuted the latest Easy Star All-Stars project: Easy Star’s Thrillah, which is of course Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” reimagined with a rootical reggae groove. Another debut tonight was the first single from Snoop Lion (AKA Snoop Dogg). On top of that we had new releases from Full Dub, Citizen Sound (ft. Ammoye), Mista Majah P, Dub Rifles, Sammy Gold, DJ Zdena vs. The Temptations, Doktor Lond (ft. Agarfa), Dub Colossus, YT, and the new Culture retrospective on VP Records. Tonight’s guest mix was put together by the dubmeister Haji Mike for our pal TurnTableTerrorist (Terry C) at “Echo Beach”, WLUW-FM (Chicago).
Another crazy night of dubwise fun in the Echo Chamber… Kicking things off with the choice new JBB in Dub from John Brown’s Body on Easy Star. This was followed by Lord Hissayas’ excellent “Nazirites Sounds vol. 1” on KingDub/Nazirites. Also new tonight: the tasty Orangewood Sessions 7” EP from Relaxo; the cool new “Sumud” album from Niyaz (Six Degrees); Diabel Cissokho’s “Kanabory Siyama” on World Village; Morgan Heritage’s new “The Return” (on VP); “The Observer in the Star House” from The Orb & Lee Scratch Perry; and “Easy Star’s Thrillah”.
Well, we’ve had a couple singles for a few weeks, but tonight we finally debuted the new The Observer in the Star House album from The Orb & Lee Scratch Perry. What a cool combination of musical wizards… Also making its debut tonight, Adrian Sherwood’s new Survival & Resistance (on ON-U Sound). Following these releases, was Steve Steppa’s cool “Zohar Inspired Dubplates”, and then the M.A.K.U. Sound System with their “Makumbala” album. More new releases from David Powell Experience, Dada Afrik & Kalcia, Rebelution, Marlon Asher & Stef Kalloo, John Brown’s Body, A Tribe Called Red, Fatoumata Diawara, Relaxo, and Byutifu! Also tonight, to celebrate the new “Easy Star’s Thrillah” album, we did a Motown/Detroit set, alternating tracks from “Thrillah” and I-Plant’s “BlackSoulRemix2” Motown mash-up album, and finishing with a cool cover of the Spinners “I’ll Be Around”.