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ARTIST
TITLE
A Divine State of Mind
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
FTD 002CD FTD 002CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/28/2006

With his first self-produced album Unspecified, published in 2003 on his label False Tuned, Dominca Island's Paul St. Hilaire proved how profound and relaxed and at the same time vigorous and vibrant electronic roots reggae can sound nowadays -- beyond pure dub or classic band formats. It is this approach which he follows up forcefully on his album A Divine State of Mind by refining and perfecting it. "Check some dub style," it says right in the beginning of the impulsive "Little Song" -- and gives a hint to St. Hilaire's mastership in using dub as a production method. Reverb, echos and diverse sound effects have grown to musical modules, letting classic one-drop-riddims float in the air to widen the space of electronic pulsative beat. You have guitar licks and organ sounds, palaces of echos, more conventional tunes ("Black Mosesor," "Jah Live Over The Hills") social-political commentary ("Fortunate") and religious poetry ("Praise"; "Jah Love"), while oscillating basses work your speakers and many other sounds. The binding brace of it all is St. Hilaire's sublime singing, which always leaves space for the listener's own associations. Electronic and analog instruments, song and track, singing and deejaying, roots and Futurism merge on A Divine State of Mind and, rather atypically within the reggae landscape, Paul St. Hilaire once again demonstrates his skills as an all-round musician, composer, singer, instrumentalist, and producer.