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Mr Dill Lion Warriah - Music is a Mission

Mr Dill Lion Warriah - Music is a Mission

Mr Dill Lion Warriah - Music is a Mission

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The Turin Stepper Creates an International Dub Celebration

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Music is a Mission, the first full album by Turin dub activist MrDill Lion Warriah is a tribute not only to the dedicated Italian mc, producer, and singer, but it to the international dub community that MrDill has worked with for many years. This exciting dub collection represents the first major stages of a life’s work and if you love dub then Music is a Mission from 4Weed Records  is a must have for your reggae collection.

From the opening intro by Zion Train’s Dub Dadda you are aware that the dub world knows and praises MrDill Lion Warriah. After the closing strains of the dubstep-tinged Hard Time fi di Youth have faded, you feel as if you have traveled the world of dub from Canada to Sweden, to England, and made a tour around Italy from Rome to Naples, to Gemona del Friuli—because MrDill’s riddims are handed off to the likes of Dubmatix, Delta Dub, Linea Di Massa, and others. At the center of this landscape of MrDill himself, singing and producing with knowledge and commitment.

Dill LionDub lovers never consider dub to be B-side music; it is a core genre that stands alone. And yet it is always both a sonic delight and a real musical adventure to hear a dub pair. Music is a Mission is has dub pairs that bring a real excitement to the album. In Bablyon Illusion, we hear MrDill chant down Babylon with driving insistency. It is a fast-beat reggae cut that keeps the faith with root’s message. This excellent song—pure roots reggae—is then turned over to Uppsala’s Fischerman who picks up the beautiful riddim, takes out the vocals—and with minimal interference add his own twists and turns, his aural magic that take a roots chant and turn it into pure instrumental delight.

Similarly, No Tribal War brings to us Mr Dill Lion Warriah’s social anger with an almost dancehall insistency. He comments on liberty, brutality, Armagiddion, and responsibility. “No tribal war ina Babylon,” is a lyric right out of the 70s roots pioneers likes early Burning Spear or Max Romeo. This song is then handed over to Linea Di Massa (from Rome and Brazil) for a heavy electromagnetic reworking—the result of which is Tribal Dub, a fine spin on a roots tune.

This kind of quality—a great piece by MrDill and a dub spin by steppers like Manchester’s Zion Train , Canada’s long-time sound pilot Dubmatix, Mr Dill’s collaborator Mystical Powa (for a reworking of Jah Jah Knows), along with collaborators like Brazil’s Monkey Jhayam, Italy’s Dub All Sense and Dziga, means Music is a Mission succeeds not only as reggae music but as a celebration of the sound system rockers who bring dub to life throughout the world.

Mr Dill Lion Warriah and 4Weed Records have given us not only great music but a sense that dubmaster  culture is alive and well in Europe and all over the world. This is a testament to the reverb world and to the culture of skank and echo. Put Music is a Mission in your library, listen to it carefully, and praise Mr Dill Lion Warriahfor his talent and his belief in reggae music.

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