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- Tempo Explosion by Various Artists
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More Black Victory reissue action with a sweeter than sweet LP tracking early developments in the digital revolution through Jamaica's Studio One and New York's Bullwackies. Sugar Minnot Kicks off with the excellent 'Devil At Large' then passes the mic onto Chris Wayne for the uplifting vibes of 'Don't Worry Yourself'. The Black Roots Players take care of the rhythms more than competently and again Bagga Walker's bass is a real highlight. 'Ras Menlik Dacosta' continues the flow with yet another variation on King Tubby/Anthony Red Rose's devastating 1985 'Tempo' rhythm. What I like particularly about the record is that all the essential and traditional roots elements and organic sounds are present, only using the technology to augment the production but never truly take over the flow or message. Sax Player Jerry Johnston lays down some serious grooves on 'Tribute To Prince Knight while 'Temp Dub' gets moody with spacious delay and reverb. 'Slow Tempo' is basically 'Tempo' slowed down to around half speed... Blame the ganja. Finally 'Up Tempo' employs lots of digital tricks and is aimed squarely at the dancehall, a damn fine closer. Some single rhythm albums can often leave me twitching half way through but this has enough variety to hold my attention throughout. Cracking stuff!
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