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Yabass - Send em to Outa Space

Yabass - Send em to Outa Space

Yabass - Send em to Outa Space

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Prolific underground artist is back with what has to be his most accessible and best album so far.


If late 70’s, early 80’s, deeply bassy, very melodious roots and dubwise reggae is your thing then you really need look no further than to the criminally under exposed musical creator from Willesden, London Yabass. This prolific underground artist is back again with what has to be his most accessible and best album so far. “Send ‘em to Outa Space” and will be the debut release from new label Atomic Sound.

Yabass - Send Em To Outa SpaceIt’s a Predominantly self-made album with a handful of close friends helping out, most notably The Breadwinners who have been rising from the underground circuit in fine fashion over the past two years with their unmistakeable Black Ark sound and style of mixing and is showcased here as they provide the riddim for the classy ‘Roots Controller’ which catches this vibe with some Mikey Dread thrown in for good measure and we all love a bit of Perry and Mikey don’t we? As Yabass’ nasally vocals ride a bubblin’ riddim. This is then followed by a dub cut adorned with plenty of echoing vocal snippets. ‘Economic Bubble’ is the standout track for me and the brooding riddim features guest vocals from MLK, the front man of Dutch band Flavour Coalition which is further enhanced by appearances from Ja Wa Wa and Black Uhuru’s Michael Rose while fellow underground stalwart Digikal Roots is on mixing duties.

From some of his previous work it’s fair to say that Yabass has something of a penchant for dub and this album will also keep those of you who like to be vocal free happy as well. They are generally sparse drum and bass led affairs riddled with staccato effects that then echo off in to the far distance. ‘Battling Satan’ is given some light with the use of a simple yet killer piano hook while ‘Industrial Espionage’ has a typical laid back Mad Professoresque feel.

If you are familiar with his past work then you’ll find the sound here is more rounded and better produced than with previous releases, but his trademark lo fi, rough and raw edge still remains with levels high on occasions adding distortion to the drum and bass, but just like your granddads homebrew this lack of cleanliness and purity adds to it all by doing the job and doing it well to leave you wanting to take a bigger sip.

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