Four years after the release of the diptych «Walk the walk/ Talk the talk», which he made in Jamaica with some of the icons that made the golden age of reggae in the 70s, producer Martin Nathan repeats and announces his return to the island for Beyond The Blue. An album in collaboration with the mytic Big Youth. A first single will be released on April 15th, pending the arrival of the album on May 28th.
A story in History
How to condense in a sound bite, the incredible and terrible journey, experienced by Martin Nathan and his longtime friend Samuel Clayton Jr, both gone to Jamaica in March 2020, for a collaboration with the legendary Big Youth. The context of a first and unprecedented world lockdown has only left them very little time to record the takes with the famous DJ, before they both contracted the virus. Martin Nathan was lucky enough to be able to get back to France, although had to remain confined and to take care of himself alone in his studio during five weeks upon his return. Samuel Clayton Jr, however, did not come back, struck down by the disease in Kingston.
The iron determination of the producer, supported by the Jamaican producer Stephen Stewart, did nonetheless bring the project to completion.
With more than 14 albums and 750+ concerts behind him already, Martin Nathan ventures for 20 years n ow, into many artistic and stylistic experiments, und er the name of Brain Damage . Acclaimed as o ne of the founders of the French dub scene in the late 1990s, he soon appears as a major influence for a whole generation of musicians. But the artist is definitely not among those who forever rest on the models he founded, and he constantly reinvents himself, as his myriad projects flow , especiall y multiplying always more prestigious collaborations with figures like High Tone (fr), Vibronics (uk), Horace Andy (Ja), or Harrison Stafford (usa) more recently. Along with his many productions, it is also with his truly live and explosive pe rformances, that Martin Nathan has grown a solid reputation throughout the international scene, and itis exceptionally rare to see an artist celeb rating his 20th career anniversary, with so much vitality and creativity.
Born in 1949, in Kington’s Trenchtown neighborhood, Manley Augustus Buchanan was among the very first artists to develop the DJ sty le, precursor of rap, and quickly became one of the most recognized. Eulogist of Rastafarism, he mostly focuses on social and conscious the mes, what was totally new when in 1972 he stood out as the only serious rival for U Roy , creator of the genre. Whilst collaborating with nearly all greatest artistic figures of the time in Jamaica, he also constituted a major influence for Bob Marley among many. He managed as we ll to catch the attention of the English punk scene, in particular of Johnny Rotten ( Sex Pistols / PIL ), within the hype of the famous punky-reggae parties. Nowadays still ceaselessly imitated and sampled, Big Youth or Jah Youth , as he is af fectionately know in Jamaica, remains the most moving and the most popular DJ of the golden age of 1970s roots reggae.
Samuel Clayton Jr
Son of Samuel Clayto n, who played within the legendary Jamaican ensemble Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Sam started as railroad engineer, before dedicating himself to what will set his life direction: music in a broad sense. Significant figure as sound engineer, live and studio like wis, he worked with the greatests, from the Rolling Stones to Steel Pulse or Toots & the Maytals to nam e but a few, most of the time along with his longtime friend Stephen Stewart ( Harry J Studio, Burning Spear …). After living in New York and in England, he settled at last in France in the 1990s. He quickly becomes an essential connection for all savvy reggae musicians there, and accompanied most of the French bands in Jamaica to live out their production and meeting fantasies, through projects with Sly & Robbie, David Hinds , Horace Andy etc… But if Sam had the address book to make these happen, he will be remembered for his ability to build bridges between cultures, however different they may be.
His outstanding capacities led him beyond Jamaican musics and he also worked with blues, jazz, gospel or soul artists ( Eric Bibb , JP Bimeni etc … ).
True m an of culture and fraternity, he has remained unpredictable, as borne out by his multiple collaborations with Brain Damage he introduced to BigYouth , Kiddus I , Ras Michael , but to artists from completely different horizons as well like the Japanese Emiko Ota.
A wholehearted and rare figure. Irreplaceable.
After playing in various projects for years (Thomas Fersen, LePeuple de l’Herbe…), Franck Boyronand Baptiste Saratembark on the duet adventure in January 2010. They then foundArtDeko, a trombon / flugelhorn combination, two instrumentsof the sweet brass family. At the same time, their remarkablemulti-instrumentalist talents (double bass, guitars, percussions etc… ) and their huge adaptability frequently encourage them tojoin other projects on an ad-hoc basis, like it notably happenedon Brain Damage famous album “What you gonna do »