Broken Beats 2

EB 158CD EB 158CD

Horace Andy's voice is an instrument that once heard is never forgotten, regardless of whether you first hear it on one of the numerous Jamaican reggae singles that he recorded during the '70s or on one of the Massive Attack albums he collaborated on as a vocalist. Echo Beach has now picked up on the tradition of reworking -- and the much older tradition of versioning -- by asking friends of the label to rework Horace Andy's classic tracks in their own sound outfit. But here, Horace Andy personally put in an appearance to sing new versions of his classic tracks on top of timeless and contemporary riddims. Age may have deepened his voice, but it is by no means weaker, as can be heard on this album, on which Echo Beach welcomes old friends and new faces. Rob Smith (Smith & Mighty) dubs side by side with young steppers such as Pinch and Peverelist. With "Bad Man" he has chosen a track in which Horace Andy makes clear what he thinks about stress and good-for-nothings. The Viennese musicians from Dubblestandard have in the past collaborated with Echo Beach to produce riddim versions for Ari Up, Lee Scratch Perry, and Mikey Dread; their version of "Money Money" picks up where a long list of legendary cuts of this song left off, all of which were based on "Money is the Root of All Evil" on Phil Pratt's Sun-Shot label. Noiseshaper releases their first recordings since 2009, remixing "Skylarking". Black Star Liner from Leeds and their mix of Asian style inna vibe of sitar and tabla "Tings" going on well merched with dance and dub on "Dou You Love My Music". Dub Spencer & Trance Hill get together with wily studio fox Umberto Echo and declare war on Babylon again in the shape of a dub treatment pock-holed with weird delay effects. Dreadzone from London are specialists to combine trippy notes and beats with roots. The "Money Money Remix" is an killer as well as the New Yorker set up Subatomic Sound System and their remix of "Cuss Cuss" -- but the focus -- as for all the other musicians featured here -- is always on the spiritual identity of the songs and the deep respect they have for Horace. This album will ensure that this incredible voice is never forgotten. Also features Misled Convoys, Madasky, Adubta, Adam Prescott & Booker Gee, T-Jah, Hoboken Hifi, Irie Worryah, Soul Sugar, Jah Schulz, Dubjestic, and New Bladerunner Of Dub.