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11 January 2014

Reggae Vibes – Midnight, Beauty for Ashes Review

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“Beauty for Ashes” is a divine project with I Grade (partners for ten years and features a musical roster that ar at the forefront of modern Roots.) Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred’s unit consists of fantastic musicians/engineers from VI/US/JA and are responsible for the riddims and production of some of the FINEST releases in recent memory! Drummies are Jr. Richards, Craig Taylor and legends Style Scott and Squidley Cole. Bassie is JAH D. Guitars are licked by Andrew “Moon” Bain, Padraic Coursey and Tippy I. Keys are licked by Tippy I, Jazzique. Horns up for Balboa Becker and Garrett Kobsef. Legendary percussionist Scully is here on kette! These tracks were laid at Tuff Gong (Roland McDermott!!), Aqua Sounds (Tippy I) and South Beach Studios (Gary Woung). Tippy I does such a masterful job mixing these majestic tracks. This is the first of a trio of I Grade releases; look out for future projects Lutan Fyah and Pressure Buss Pipe (both featured here).

“This set opens with A Reminder. Vaughn Benjamin really opens up inna clear singing fashion which complements the classic JA riddim. There’s a distinct Roots Radics vibe here with killer drumming, keys and vivid horns. Instant consciousness! When Jah Arise is humbly urgent with Aswadesque horns, taut drumming and more Roots Radics tribute. Vaughn and Lutan Fyah combine for a full Rastafari anthem and soar above the lilting riddim. Great, great track. The glory continues with Same Boat We. A great message about losing mentality supported by Padraic’s very Radics style guitar and Jah D’s intricate bass work.

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