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Pachyman – Pachyman In Dub – A Review


Pachyman In Dub – Permanent Records – PERM 062

a3605236939_10Pachyman In Dub, released this year (2019) is an homage to all that was great about 1970s Dub Reggae.

Pachyman, an obvious enthusiast for Roots Rockers Reggae and the sonic qualities of that genre, delivers into ’nuff skanking ear worms deep and heavyweight  baselines, like Robbie Shakespeare in his own Barbell label days, with the accompanying phasing and echo effects of Dub Master King Tubby straight outta Drummilie Avenue and some oh so tasteful keyboards over the top in the style of Winston Wright or Bernard ‘Touter’ Harvey. You can hear the influence of producers like Bunny Lee and Lee Perry and the mixing touch of engineers like Errol Thompson and the then Prince Jammy. pachyman.bandcamp.com

His lines are choice, and he’s listened and absorbed, you can tell he has a great ear and he has heard what you have heard, and he has heard the word and that word is DUB. He plays everything and very musically indeed.

Each tune is a little ‘Dub’ gemstone, shining brightly on it’s own, and what I enjoyed was that he has treated each ‘Dub’ as a stand-alone production in their own right, i.e., unlike their 70s counterparts, they are not the re-cycled versions of vocal or instrumental original songs, they are stand alone tunes in their own right and his love for the genre rings true all the stronger for this treatment. They are each a little Dub imagining. I’m hoping we may hear a Deejay version of this Lp, or even that he retrospectively gets some singers and players to produce one away originals on the rhythms he’s created, because those rhythms are strong.

It suffers a little from the outboard he’s used to create it, as the sound at times can seem a little flat and the audio field isn’t as wide as you might want to enjoy, but something about the bottom end and mid range sound, the lack of a truly clean and crisp top end and the flat Mono nature of the mix down gives it more of an original feel. It sounds like an Lp produced, perhaps not at a leading studio of the time like Channel One, but perhaps somewhere where they hadn’t quite got the sound totally sussed yet, working on a smaller budget, possibly making it all the more accurate and retrospectively correct, .. has he gone to the ultimate degree to produce a truly ‘retro’ sound? Probably not, but it’s fun to play with the idea that the concept might just go this deep.

I only found out about this Lp a number of mere months after it was released by Permanent Records in the USA, and with no European distribution and already SOLD OUT but the time I knew of it I was left to hunt down a test pressing, pay through the nose for it and then pay the import tax when it came into the country, making it considerably more expensive than many rare Lps of original material I have sourced through the years. But, I believe it’s worth it, which says a lot I think for the quality of the music and the ear of it’s creator.

Check out ‘Jumpy’, my favourite tune of the Lp, but they’re all good. I suggest your roll up on a copy.. soon.

 

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Power Surge Sound System Crawley 22nd of June 2019. You affi Reach!


Power Surge Sound System, Crawley on June 22nd Roots Reggae for the masses.

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Pure niceness in the dance as I yours truly select and entertain alongside Ray Jacobs Sound proprietor and builder..  We’ll play a selection of tunes to please, dub it up live and direct, and spin some heavy dubwise to keep your dancing’ feet jumpin’.

So come reach June 22nd this year of 2019, to hear the sound go down around Crawley Town!

Bigmikeydread at Suedehead Sound, Hastings, a few photos.


So just a few photos taken while playing tunes for Hastings people recently…

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Shit… what next, no one can see the internal panic..
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It’s a Rembrandt like festival of Chiaroscuro .. Rob Wilde on the left, Suedehead Sound owner.
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Deep in Conflab with Rick Elgood, known for his culturally Jamaican film-making.

 

Half Of Six RLC – Mike & Sue and introduction – Track Listing


IMG_4810Here are the songs/tunes, recordings and their sources, recently played on this, our podcast.

1 Fuzztones – Bad News Travels Fast – 12″ Single
2 Anne Briggs – Fine Horseman – Lp The Time Has Come, on Earth Records
3 New Model Army – Green and Grey – Lp – Raw Melody
4 Finbar Furey – Rakish Paddy – Nonsuch Lp – The Pipes of..
5 The Bevis Frond – This Corner Of England – Cd Lp Any Gas Faster, on Reckless Records
6 Sylford Walker – Jah Golden Pen – Joe Gibbs 10″ Roots Archive Series
7 Heaven 17 – Let’s All Make A Bomb – from Lp Penthouse and Pavement
8 Bill Doggett – Ram Bunk Shush – Parlophone 78rpm single
9 The Clash – Brand New Cadillac – Lp – London Calling
10 Bill Haley & His Comets – Mambo Rock – Brunswick 78rpm single
11 B52s – Planet Claire – The B52s Island Lp
12 Count Lasher – Calabash – Caribou 78rpm single
13 John Grant & Midlake – Mars – Youtube video
14 The Pretty Things – SF Sorrow – SF Sorrow Lp re-issue on Madfish Records
15 Hoodoo Gurus – I Want You Back – Uknown
16 Elvis Presley – Mystery Train – HMV 2nd pressing 7″ Single
17 Johnny Flynn & Laura Marling – The Water – You Tube live performance recording
18 Hal Paige and the Whalers – Going Back To My Town – 78rpm Acetate
19 The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys – Boys Don’t Cry – Lp on Fiction records
20 Ian and Sylvie – Catfish Blues – Vanguard – Best Of – Lp
21 Daniel Romano – Rhythmic Blood – Finally Free Lp on East West Records (Nashville)
22 The Caridiacs – Is This The Life – A Little Man and a Horse and the Whole World Window