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Dub Vision - Counter Attack

Dub Vision - Counter Attack

Dub Vision - Counter Attack

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A band name that may lead you to expect different things from what you actually get.

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“Never judge a book by its cover” is how an old saying goes and that is definitely the case here for this album with its cheery cartoon cover of three Mafiosi looking types flying a helicopter while blasting out, what I presume is this album, at people dancing in the street below and with a band name Dub Vision may lead you to expect all different types of things from those of what you actually get.

Dub Vision - Counter attackSo what do you get, well you get an album of deftly crafted contemporary roots styled reggae from a band that has honed its craft backing the legendary Don Carlos on various tours since 1999 as well as supplying backing on his excellent 'Changes' album from last year. They have also during their time worked with the likes of Dillinger, Charlie Chaplin, Sister Carol, Everton Blender and many other reggae artists so are band who know a thing or two about constructing riddims that are melodious and display a deftness of touch.

The album starts and ends with instrumentals, with album opener and title track Counter Attack, heralding a bright, brass bursting fanfare that features the trombone of Balboa Becker, while closer Extrication is darker and more muted with trumpeter Gavin Distasi taking the lead.

Sandwiched in between these are eight vocal tracks on which the band have enlisted the help of Don Carlos, Hodge, Jimi D, Maka and veteran singer and drummer Wadi Gad plus the Puerto Rican songstress Malika Madremana who now resides in California and has performed in the past with the likes of the Mighty Diamonds, Bushman, Blaaklung, Roots Natty and Groundation amongst others. In fact her vocal on the Jah praising Child of Israel is one of the highs of the album and she is in no way left overshadowed by Mr Carlos’s three outings.

This band might be called Dub Vision but this is no dub album rather one full of uplifting and positive vibes that exemplifies different styles of reggae and proves that it was definitely about time this band travelled from the back to be front of stage.

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