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There it is, the Zentone Chapter 2! And not with one but two volumes! Fifteen years after the first Zentone, Zenzile and High Tone are finally backing up the highly anticipated Zentone Chapter 2. The two most legendary dub groups in France are taking up the challenge a second time and offering us a new album, co-produced by Jarring Effects and Black Dub. An opus that will delight the ears of all dub lovers. One of its specificities? The voices of Nai-Jah, Jolly Joseph (Dub Shepherds), Rod Taylor and Nazamba (already heard on OBF riddims) enrich some of the compositions.

High Tone, Zenzile, Zentone

On the CD : 10 tracks mixed by Zenzile. Faithful to their DNA, the Angevins masterfully handle the writing and construction of titles. Atmospheric atmosphere guaranteed.

Zenzile, High Tone, Zentone

The double vinyl, designed for sound systems, includes 12 tracks mixed High Tone (four tracks, their instrumental version and a third mix with an even more dub structure). The mixes are more instinctive, the four Lyonnais have clearly let go. Their mixes are a snapshot of the moment, an old-fashioned dub with nicely flipped intros.

Zenzile, High Tone, Zentone

Zentone Chapter 2, a meeting at the top that will delight all dub lovers, since it is not one, but two volumes that are entering the bins: a shanti atmosphere CD which includes the 10 mixes Zenzile version and the double vinyl, designed for sound systems with 12 High Tone mix versions (four tracks, their instrumental version and a third mix with an even more dub structure).

Listening to this new opus, if there is one word that comes to mind it is « humanity ». Zentone Chapter 2 was conceived in the midst of a pandemic. The 9 musicians met in Lyon for a week for a studio session. And the least we can say is that this strange period did not impact their creativity, far from it! This time around, and unlike in 2006, they decided to work without a net with a taped rehearsal device. No fuss about the placement of the microphones, no headphones, but a setup with a sound system where live and improvisation were the key words. The collective and spontaneity are at the heart of this project. This need for humanity can also be found in the warmth of sound: analog takes precedence, farewell to the cold computer interface between music and humans.

This return to simplicity is also found in the mixes. Each of the two groups has chosen to mix the tracks on an analog console. High Tone side, the mixes are more instinctive, the four Lyonnais have clearly let go. Their mixes are a snapshot of the moment, an old-fashioned dub with nicely flipped intros. It’s the record that High Tone has released the least in 20 years! Faithful to their DNA, the Angevins for their part masterfully handle the writing and construction of titles. Atmospheric atmosphere guaranteed.

Another specificity of this new opus is the collaboration with singers. The voices of Nai-Jah, Jolly Joseph (Dub Shepherds), Rod Taylor and Nazamba (already heard on OBF riddims) enrich the compositions. By choosing singers who come from live and sound system, Zentone asserts its tendency to play music live. One thing is certain, with this new opus, the live band is the synthesis of all generations of dub. Zentone plays instrumental dub, then the mix with techniques specific to dub and does not hide his inspirations from King Tubby to Prince Jammy via Scientist. But they also integrate the new dub scene. A lively, artisanal, collective, inspired and inspiring scene that has not finished talking about it.

Co-production : Jarring Effects & Black Dub

Fifteen years after the first Zentone, Zenzile and High Tone are finally back for the highly anticipated Zentone Chapter 2! The two most legendary dub groups from France are taking up the challenge a second time and offering us a new album scheduled for November 12, co-produced by Jarring Effects and Black Dub. Today we unveil the first single Dub Revolution, carried by the bewitching voice of Jamaican dub-poet Nazamba.

Zentone, High Tone, Zenzile, Nazamba, Dub Revolution

Dub Revolution gives you a taste of what to expect with Zentone Chapter 2! A meeting at the top that will delight all dub lovers, since it is not one, but two volumes that are entering the bins: a shanti atmosphere CD which includes the 10 mixes Zenzile version and the double vinyl, designed for sound system with 12 mixes High Tone version (four titles, their instrumental version and a third mix with an even more dub structure).

Listening to this new opus, if there is one word that comes to mind it is « humanity ». Zentone Chapter 2 was conceived in the midst of a pandemic. The 9 musicians met in Lyon for a week for a studio session. And the least we can say is that this strange period did not impact their creativity, far from it! This time around, and unlike in 2006, they decided to work without a net with a taped rehearsal device. No fuss about the placement of the microphones, no headphones, but a setup with a sound system where live and improvisation were the key words. The collective and spontaneity are at the heart of this project. This need for humanity can also be found in the warmth of sound: analog takes precedence, farewell to the cold computer interface between music and humans.

This return to simplicity is also found in the mixes. Each of the two groups has chosen to mix the tracks on an analog console. High Tone side, the mixes are more instinctive, the four Lyonnais have clearly let go. Their mixes are a snapshot of the moment, an old-fashioned dub with nicely flipped intros. It’s the record that High Tone has released the least in 20 years! Faithful to their DNA, the Angevins for their part masterfully handle the writing and construction of titles. Atmospheric atmosphere guaranteed.

Another specificity of this new opus is the collaboration with singers. The voices of Nai-Jah, Jolly Joseph (Dub Shepherds), Rod Taylor and Nazamba (already heard on OBF riddims) enrich the compositions. By choosing singers who come from live and sound system, Zentone asserts its tendency to play music live. One thing is certain, with this new opus, the live band is the synthesis of all generations of dub. Zentone plays instrumental dub, then the mix with techniques specific to dub and does not hide his inspirations from King Tubby to Prince Jammy via Scientist. But they also integrate the new dub scene. A lively, artisanal, collective, inspired and inspiring scene that has not finished talking about it.

See you on November 12 for the digital and physical release (CD and double vinyl) of Zentone Chapter 2.

Co-production : Jarring Effects & Black Dub

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Hold on! French producer Schvédranne is about to unveil his concept album made with legendary San Francisco poet Jack Hirschman. We unveil the first single Sur un vers de Whitman pending the physical (CD / vinyl) and digital release of their album Vanity Vanity All Is Vanity on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Schvédranne, Jack Hirschman, Sur un vers de Whitman, Céline Frezza

French producer and multi-instrumentalist Schvédranne unveils his album produced with the mythical poet from San Francisco, Jack Hirschman. Recorded in Lyon, this disc is a story of encounters and common visions and struggles transposed into music.

Vanity Vanity, All Is Vanity is a sound collection where electronics, blues, trip-hop illustrate the words and poems of this pillar of the beat generation. His hoarse voice echoes in the record and testifies to his tumultuous life and his inimitable pen. In the writer’s hundreds of volumes and essays, Schvédranne draws a soundtrack, where other singers will offer their interpretation / reading.

The first single from this upcoming album,  Sur un vers de Whitman, represents the perfect collision of the two universes. A tribute to Walt Whitman, the 19th century American humanist poet and unwavering source of inspiration for Jack’s work. In response to the roughness of the text comes the haunting voice of Céline Frezza (a.k.a Erzatz) on the nostalgic and haunting music of Schvédranne, navigating between a blues with intoxicating guitars and airy downtempo atmospheres.

The words of Jack Hirschman, from the first declaimed stanza, sound like a dark premonition for the poet who loved them: « Suddenly the dead I don’t want to remember » because this one will return its last breath on August 22, 2021. However, his words and his voice will continue to reason through this disc which pays homage to him while perpetuating his ideals.

Order the vinyl or CD here

Co-production / co-publishing : Jarring Effects et Salamah Productions

 

Beyond The Blue, the new album from Brain Damage & Big Youth is released today on double vinyl, digipack CD and digital on all streaming platforms!

Big Youth brilliantly signs his return with that album, made up almost exclusively of new pieces, the first in many years!  Sparkling and inexhaustible, distilling an amazing variety of vocal styles, that he created himself, he recalls at once “the old days”, the golden age of Jamaican reggae in the 1960 & 70’s, performs his version somewhat conspiracist, of the sanitary crisis, evokes his faith and tells about love … while perfectly merging into each universe offered by Brain Damage. 

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A story in History

… or 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 his label Jarring Effects and the Jamaican producer Stephen Stewart, did nonetheless bring the project to completion.

Big Youth

For his part, one thing is certain, Big Youth is in great shape! He brilliantly signs his return with that album, made up almost exclusively of new pieces, the first in many years! In the very words of the numerous prominent musicians and singers who witnessed the takes at Anchor studios in Kingston, he has lost none of his verve: « …you still get it, man! ». Sparkling and inexhaustible, distilling an amazing variety of vocal styles, that he created himself, he recalls at once “the old days”, the golden age of Jamaican reggae in the 1960 & 70’s, performs his version somewhat conspiracist, of the sanitary crisis, evokes his faith and tells about love … while perfectly merging into each universe offered by Brain Damage.

Brain Damage

As if we are delighted to hear the elder’s shape and inventiveness, Martin Nathan is definitely not outdone and overhauls his style once again for the occasion. Always more musical, his compositions integrate diverse influences, hitherto untapped by him, like jazz, blues, ska, rock-steady … enhanced by the wonderful and smooth horn arrangements signed by Franck Boyron and his sidekicks, Baptiste Sarat and Fred Roudet. The whole, drawing on a production that left nothing to chance, surely is a new cornerstone of Brain Damage rich discography that keeps us wondering how far it will take us anew.

Samuel Clayton Jr

Samuel Clayton Jr, however, will be deeply missed. If one can hear him regularly and clearly as samples, throughout what will remain the last album he worked on, it is above all his mindset that Martin Nathan strove to respect with that new musical and human adventure. The emotion is audible, tangible.

Brain Damage, Big Youth, Beyond The Blue, Samuel Clayton Jr

After 2020, I Pray Thee, Brain Damage and Big Youth unveil the second extract from their album Beyond The Blue, planned for May, 28 !

Brain Damage, Big Youth, Beyond The Blue, Jarring Effects

If the genesis of that amazing collaboration project happened in an unexpected and tragic way, the producer Martin Nathan aka Brain Damage deliberately wanted that album brighter than ever. That second and eponymous single perfectly illustrates this. Brain Damage surprises once again, and distills a harmonious sound, swaying, colored with precise but universal influences. Catchy and nevertheless subtle horn arrangements signed by Franck Boyron bring in a touch of soul and take the track to a new level.

Then what about Big Youth incredible performance? He appears at first like a crooner, himself probably influenced by the masters of the genre. And next he takes our breath away (but when does he catch his own?) with a long improvisation only he holds the secret of, riding the delicate harmonies offered by the producer composer.

A true moment of grace and symbiosis. With one single watchword : « love is the answer », a simple but essential message, rightly once again hammered in the current difficult times.

A story in History … 

… or 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 his label Jarring Effects and the Jamaican producer Stephen Stewart, did nonetheless bring the project to completion.

Brain Damage, Samuel Clayton Jr, Stephen Stewart, Jarring Effects, Beyond The Blue, Big Youth

We unveil the 12 tracks of the album on May, 28 !

Considered one of the founders of the dub scene in France, Brain Damage is back with 2020 I Pray Thee first single of the album Beyond the Blue. This brand new project in collaboration with the legendary singer Big Youth will be released on May 28. Beyond the Blue is the first album of the Jamaican singer in more than 10 years.

2020 I Pray Thee

Artwork; brain damage; 2020 I Pray Thee

I listen to the single !

For this first single, the opening track of the album Beyond the Blue, Brain Damage unexpectedly revisits one of the most powerful hymns of Big Youth released in 1974. A padded atmosphere, with jazz and throbbing sounds, serves here as a setting for the smashing incantations of the famous Jamaican master.

A perfect introduction to the totally new musical escape concocted by the two artists who, in the middle of the global pandemic, refuse to let themselves slip and do nothing.

Beyond the Blue, a Story in History …

… or 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 his label Jarring Effects and the Jamaican producer Stephen Stewart, did nonetheless bring the project to completion.

For his part, one thing is certain, Big Youth is in great shape! He brilliantly signs his return with that album, made up almost exclusively of new pieces, the first in many years! In the very words of the numerous prominent musicians and singers who witnessed the takes at Anchor studios in Kingston, he has lost none of his verve: « …you still get it, man! ». Sparkling and inexhaustible, distilling an amazing variety of vocal styles, that he created himself, he recalls at once “the old days”, the golden age of Jamaican reggae in the 1960 & 70’s, performs his version somewhat conspiracist, of the sanitary crisis, evokes his faith and tells about love … while perfectly merging into each universe offered by Brain Damage.

As if we are delighted to hear the elder’s shape and inventiveness, Martin Nathan is definitely not outdone and overhauls his style once again for the occasion. Always more musical, his compositions integrate diverse influences, hitherto untapped by him, like jazz, blues, ska, rock-steady … enhanced by the wonderful and smooth horn arrangements signed by Franck Boyron and his sidekicks, Baptiste Sarat and Fred Roudet. The whole, drawing on a production that left nothing to chance, surely is a new cornerstone of Brain Damage rich discography that keeps us wondering how far it will take us anew.

Samuel Clayton Jr, however, will be deeply missed. If one can hear him regularly and clearly as samples, throughout what will remain the last album he worked on, it is above all his mindset that Martin Nathan strove to respect with that new musical and human adventure.

Brain Damage 

; brain damage; 2020 I Pray Thee: Beyond the blue

With more than 14 albums and 750+ concerts behind him already, Martin Nathan ventures for 20 years now, into many artistic and stylistic experiments, under the name of Brain Damage. Acclaimed as one 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, especially 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 performances, that Martin Nathan has grown a solid reputation throughout the international scene, and itis exceptionally rare to see an artist celebrating his 20th career anniversary, with so much vitality and creativity.

Big Youth

Big.Youth; pict ; brain damage; 2020 I Pray Thee: Beyond the blue

Born in 1949, in Kington’s Trenchtown neighborhood, Manley Augustus Buchanan was among the very first artists to develop the DJ style, precursor of rap, and quickly became one of the most recognized. Eulogist of Rastafarism, he mostly focuses on social and conscious themes, 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 well 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 affectionately know in Jamaica, remains the most moving and the most popular DJ of the golden age of 1970s roots reggae.

Samuel Clayton Jr

Samuel Clayton Jr ; brain damage; 2020 I Pray Thee: Beyond the blue

Son of Samuel Clayton, 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 likewise, he worked with the greatests, from the Rolling Stones to Steel Pulse or Toots & the Maytals to name 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 man 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.

Artdeko

ArtDeko; ; brain damage; 2020 I Pray Thee: Beyond the blue

After playing in various projects for years (Thomas Fersen, Le Peuple de l’Herbe…), Franck Boyron and Baptiste Sarat embark on the duet adventure in January 2010. They then found ArtDeko, a trombon / flugelhorn combination, two instruments of the sweet brass family. At the same time, their remarkable multi-instrumentalist talents (double bass, guitars, percussions etc … ) and their huge adaptability frequently encourage them to join other projects on an ad-hoc basis, like it notably happened on Brain Damage famous album “What you gonna do ?”.

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