Published on Oct 2, 2013
▶ Forthcoming album on Freestyle Records | http://www.freestylerecords.co.uk
In Freestyle Records 10th anniversary year, we are immensely proud and excited to announce the signing of Kalbata & Mixmonster to the label - and their stunning new album: Congo Beat The Drum.
Kalbata & Mixmonster are two renowned producers, Ariel Tagar & Uri Wertheim. Ariel is a techno & 2-step producer who previously released on labels such as Soul Jazz, Brownswood and Greenmoney. Kalbata did a string of high profile remixes for artists such as Fat Freddy's Drop, Spank Rock, The Count & Sinden and Roll Deep and is the man behind reissue labels Fortuna and Spring Hill Records.
Mixmonster (Uri Wertheim) is the man behind the world renowned funk, brass & breaks band 'The Apples', as well as a member of cut-n-paste duo Radiotrip. He is also a producer and sound engineer specialising in analogue tape recordings.
Two years ago, Ariel and Uri went into their Tel Aviv studio with the purpose of recording a 100% analogue reggae/dub album, combining the spirit of the late King Tubby and the early dancehall era of the late 70's and early 80's. They insisted on not using any computers in the process, whilst blending in elements of techno, psychedelic funk, African tribal music.
They then travelled to Kingston, Jamaica and began tracking down their favourite singers and deejays, such legends as Jah Thomas, Little John, Trinity, Echo Minott, Mutabaruka, Major Mackerel, Puddy Roots and the sadly, recently departed Prince Jazzbo.
The resulting long player, Congo Beat The Drum is on the one hand truly loyal to the origins of Jamaican music and on the other, a well produced forward thinking album, sounding totally fresh in today's music aesthetics. It will also rattle your speakers in ways not heard since the heyday of Jamaican reggae & dub!
About signing with Freestyle, Ariel said "We're super excited to be releasing Congo Beat The Drum' with the Freestyle crew. After two years in the making the time has come to let it out!"
For Freestyle A&R man Greg Boraman, securing this amazing reggae album ends a 2 year search for just the right project: "Much of the contemporary roots reggae based material I had been checking out lacked that certain authentic feel, but this project has all the right analogue vibes and the line up of classic Jamaican legends featured made it a must have for Freestyle."
Soon, the debut single 'Prisoner In Love' featuring Little John will be released on a suitably Kingston style 45 vinyl single, with an instrumental version excursion on the flip.
In the meantime we invite you to take a look at this short clip, (taken from a forthcoming documentary about the project) featuring footage of Kalbata, Mixmonster and Little John laying down the 'Prisoner In Love' vocal live in Jamaica, as well as shots of their musical adventures inna dance skanking to the Stur Gav Sound alongside Horace Andy, General Trees and Dillinger somewhere in St Thomas Parish JA. Real Roots!
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