Little Birds, Moonbath (feat Michelle Helene Mackenzie) (6:06)
Tipu's Tiger (feat Pender Street Steppers) (10:11)
Of Yesterday (instrumental) (5:37)
The Ultimate Which Manages The World (4:40)
Words Without Sound (6:09)
Review: With a drowsy, loved-up trademark sound that sits somewhere between the beach, bedroom and the dancefloor, Canada's Yu Su is a great fit for Music From Memory offshoot Second Circle. The resultant EP is arguably her strongest to date. She begins by enlisting the help of Michelle Helene Mackenzie, who provides a drowsy spoken word vocal on the ultra-deep and starry brilliance of "Little Birds, Moonbath". Fellow Vancouver residents Pender Street Steppers lend a hand on the deep and picturesque shuffle of "Tipu's Tiger", while "Of Yesterday (Instrumental)" sees Yu Su wrap meandering synth solos atop hazy chords and gentle tribal drums. Elsewhere, "The Ultimate Which Manages The World" is dubbed-out and effortlessly Balearic, while "Words Without Sound" offers up more intricate hand percussion and some sparse electronic elements.
Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - "The Man Who Does The Work" (3:09)
Smith & The Prophets - "Valley Of Joesaphat" (3:45)
Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - "Go To School Jah Jha Children" (3:39)
Vivian Jackson & The Prophets - "Love Of Jah" (4:31)
The Prophets - "Sand In My Shoe" (4:25)
The Prophets - "Jah Vengeance" (2:58)
King Tubby - "Greetings" (3:01)
The Prophets - "Fire Fire Dub" (2:33)
The Prophets - "Stand Up & Fight Dub" (3:34)
Tommy McCook - "Sand In My Shoe Dub" (3:00)
Review: Pressure Sounds' latest release takes us back to 1976 and "Wall Of Jerusalem", a soulful reggae album by The Prophets that included production from both Yabby You (the band's lynchpin and lead vocalist) and dub mixer King Tubby. The album is something of a roots classic, with Yabby You's seductive, soul-fired vocal numbers being joined by delay-laden heavy dub revisions by King Tubby. You'll find the original set on LP 1, with the second being dedicated to alternate versions, previously unreleased tracks recorded in the same period, and alternate dubs that have lain dormant in Yabby You's archives for the best part of 40 years.
Review: Bristol based collective Young Echo feature many a hero of the local scene including Jabu, Kahn, Vessel, Ossia and Killing Sound among many others. Featuring what has been described as skeletal dancehall, dread electronics, outsider pop and love songs swaying in hacked up ambience - be prepared! From the sludgy fentanyl groove of "Sedated", the jagged beat experiment on "Bibber Heads" or lo-fi industrial textures like "Oh, Won't You" or "Wicked Ones" which get rather abrasive. Then again there are more ethereal moments and these were the ones we enjoyed the most - like on the sombre "Stare" or the sexy suspense of "Oran" (Version).