Dub Colossus A Town Called Addis
- Words: Eric K. Arnold
- Label: Real World
- XLR8R Rating: 8.5/10
Recorded in Ethiopia’s capital with native musicians, A Town Called Addis connects Ethio-jazz/funk with dub elements. It’s a fairly unique, yet surprisingly natural combination. The result is both one of the best dub albums and one of the best world music releases of the year. Incorporating traditional Abyssinian melodies, vocals, and instruments with reggae basslines, echoing grooves, and spacey rinses, Nick Page (a.k.a. Dub Colossus) not only updates the Ethiopiques template, but makes dub music seem even more spiritual and organic than ever. There’s a lot of subtle, vibe-y stuff going on in every song–repeat listens can be somewhat akin to a religious experience–making A Town Called Addis as close to sacred dub music as it gets.
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