Delhi Sultanate “Rocking Time”/”Fever” (Liondub International)

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Delhi Sultanate
“Rocking Time”/”Fever”
(Liondub International – 2015)

Delhi Sultanate from India released a great single “Rocking Time” on a version of a Studio One riddim and fresh EP called “Fever”… From the forthcoming Studio One-Mixtape here comes a fresh track on Burning Spear’s classic “Rocking Time”-Riddim… During the 1960’s and 1970’s Studio One played a foundational role in most of the major music movements in Jamaica. Studio One defined ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall. Many of the timeless riddims and basslines that have become the bedrock of sound system culture originated in Studio One. Rocking Time by Burning Spear is one such riddim that has been cut and recut countless times. Most recently by Irie Production. Earlier cuts include Sizzla – ‘got it right there’, Al Campbell with ‘sell out.’ Not to mention the other studio one cuts, Prince Jazzbo ‘Pepper Rock’ & Winston Jarret ‘Feat not’ I went back to the original Burning Spear’s riddim. Studio One riddims is the DJ school.. so he had to go back to the 7″ in order to pay respect to the foundation.

As LionDub International charges into 2014 with new releases and a newly-unveiled Street Series, we welcome a roster of unheard talent to both our main label and the freshly-born sub-label. First off are REDS, a recently-minted East London drum-and-bass duo who we proudly offer their solo vinyl debut featuring vocals from India’s Delhi Sultanate and remixes from Canada’s jungle don Marcus Visionary, the inimitable Mungos Hi Fi out of Scotland, Dublin’s Dirty Dubsters and one of France’s dubstep legends, Von D. The bouncy original from the pair falls close to a dancehall feeling, with understated and low-mixed drums dropping away to accentuate the bounding bass rhythm and the center-stage vocal performance. The old-school jungle style of Marcus Visionary comes through strongly in his rolling remix, which revels in the rush of tumbling drums and blasts of mid-range bass. Mungos Hi Fi give this release a solid reggae re-lick with new sound clash style vocals from Delhi Sultanate and sweet choruses from longtime collaborator Begum X out of India. This particular Mungos riddim released earlier in 2013 to great acclaim featuring vocals from none other than Soom T on her “Bong Bong’ anthem. The Dirty Dusters offer up a unique, Euro dancehall twist on their high energy remix. Full vocals and simple, yet, catchy grooves wind up the track in a unique style. From his rich past on labels like Argon, Black Acre, and Boka, it would be expected that Von D give an altogether more contemporary treatment, and fittingly he reduces the tempo, ups the atmospherics, and brings in brutal walls of battering bass in half-step time for the smokers in the room while leaving most of the vocals, which were so present in the other mixes, on the cutting room floor. The transformative ending to this widely-varied EP gives balance and range to the release and presents a strong debut offering for REDS and Delhi Sultanate as Liondub International continues its charge towards new territory . Great work!


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About dubios irie ites

Dubios aka. Basstafari has always been attracted to bass music, so it is just natural that he joined the IrieItes Soundsystem! Born and raised in Halle/ Saale in East Germany his DJing began exactly 20 years ago, in 1994. Dubios initial devotion lay first in hip hop, drum & bass and jungle but then the reggae off-beat dropped into his life and became the guiding red line throughout his musical journey that should follow. Nowadays he hosts the Tropidelic Soundsystem in Berlin and is constantly exploring the borders of heavy bass music,dub/ steppas,dubstep,drum& bass, hip hop & cumbia. He is also coming up with tight dubplates and remixes...