Lone Ranger, Don Cotti, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Von D – Wicked Scam [Dub Stuy Records]

The meeting of Parisbased Von D and DubStuy has been a long time in the making. The French producer first caught the ears of label head Quoc Pham back in 2009 with his duboriented productions under the Liquid Wicked alias. Following a recent return to the dub world after releases for Black Acre Boka and Skreams Disfigured Dubs some Von D demos made their way to DubStuy and the result is Wicked Scam a fourtrack EP of hairraising and sociallyconscious dub music boasting a cast of worldclass vocalists and musicians. The EP centers around its title track a spacious and heavy riddim with a deadly groove live guitar and a stunning lyrical turn from NYCs Jahdan Blakkamoore who lent his voice to Pool Party the firstever DubStuy release. Showing his versatility Jahdan adapts seamlessly to the riddims contortions to deliver a damning statement of the wicked scam politicians and the 1%% are running on the rest of us. Liberation over Liberace! Continuing the social theme of the title track Londons selfstyled future dancehall singer Don Cotti lends his rugged voice to Mek A Truce. The track unfolds somewhere in between song and dub version with horns and sound effects taking turns between Cottis incantations for people to mek a truce regardless of race or religion. The last collaboration on the EP sees Von D reach back to the musics foundation with a vocal from Lone Ranger a Jamaican deejay who began his career with Coxsones Studio One in the 1970s. On Till A Morning he shows off his finelyhoned chatting by inviting all to come and dance over a jumping riddim featuring live guitar bass and piano. Closing the EP is a sample of the legendary Bunny Lee talking about King Tubby and Lee Perry birthing dub before Von D unfurls his own studio experimentation on Surrealiste Skank a dedication to the timeless power of dub music. Wicked Scam further cements Von Ds talent for combining an authentic sound with a modern ear. The bass envelopes the listener without ever choking them the melodies uplift the soul and the lyrics feed the mind.

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