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- PAN80LP / LP on PAN. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M, with artwork by Simone Trabucchi & Bill Kouligas
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‘I’ is a totally irresistible album of dancehall mutants from Hundebiss label chief Simone Trabucchi aka Dracula Lewis. If you’re familiar with his music or label, I’m sure you can imagine his approach to dancehall isn’t exactly gonna be straightforward. Yet he doesn’t wander completely off the map and remains respectful to the sounds core elements. This isn’t quite as crushing as Kevin Martin’s re-imagining of the form, but in a similar way to how The Bug takes things in an original direction, it still retains a sense of authenticity. Basically, I guess it’s just weirder in a trippy sorta way rather than going berserk. He plugs directly into the mains on opener ‘Haile Selassie Is The Micro-Chip’ complete with devotional Rasta chants before lunging into the gloopy bass, rattling snares and chunky kicks that comprise the ‘Afrikan Messiah Riddim’ the Deejay’s ride on ‘Bubbling Ambessa’ as the vocals are processed with effects and shifts in pitch. These effects are deployed just the right amount throughout the record and for the most part, never totally mutilate the chatting. There are some pretty great ass shakers on here; from the stinging ‘Wasp Riddim’ and the energetic ‘Wondo Riddim’ of ‘Don’t Stop’ where the Deejay reminds me a little of Bounty Killer. ‘Banzina’ goes hard and heavy with pummelling drums, and closing cut ‘Mangrovia’ sounds like it’s bubbling to the surface from the bottom of the ocean, complete with pulsating alien blob on the mic - like hearing your favourite Jamaican 45 after gobbling way too much acid.
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