Dub The World
Umberto Echo is a (music) author, professor, expert in (sound) hermeneutics and multi-instrumentalist from Munich. After collaborating as producer, engineer and musician on over 80 albums, ranging from rock to classical & jazz through to reggae; writing Bavarian reggae history along the way with Jahcoustix, Jamaram and Headcornerstone, and producing for a swathe of international reggae vocalists, including Junior Kelly, Luciano and Luton Fyah, Professor Echo finally revealed his true identity by getting on the Dub Train -- his debut album as sound scientist of the digital echo chambers and analog loops. The successor is Dub The World, featuring 15 versions of dub, roots and dancehall tunes from 13 countries, showing him as a sound manipulator whose virtuoso control of mixing desk, software and outboards is equaled only by his mastery of keyboards, guitar, bass and percussion. The album was mixed at top-notch studios in Berlin, Munich and New York, resulting in a clear, wide sound on this journey through hi-fi dub. The opener comes courtesy of the original Germaican Gentlemen with "Dem Gone." The riddim twins Sly & Robbie, performing here with the Polish band Rastasize, are featured, as are the veterans from Steel Pulse in combination with Damian Marley. Another act from the Motherland is Oneness featuring Buju Banton & Naptali, with "Rise Up!" The UK answers with the Stereo MCs and Up, Bustle & Out from Bristol, featuring Kalaf. The vibes from Katchafire (New Zealand) come from furthest afield, followed by the Australians The Red Eyes and Jiang Liang from China. Cultura Profetica represent Puerto Rico, Dub Inc. (F), Dub Spencer & Trance Hill (CH), Smoke (IT) and the Austrians from Dubblestandart (again with Lee "Scratch" Perry) allow Umberto Echo to pump up their Eurodubs, while German band Seeed featuring Cee Lo Green are featured with one of their classic tracks, "Aufstehn." Dub The World is an exclusive dub-set by one of the great, mysterious men in the background, and an outernational dub conference which emphasizes the power of Marley's universal integration message combined with King Tubby's sonic innovation. From roots to futuristic, from jam-rocking to ethnodelic, from Brooklyn to Sydney over Kreuzberg to Kingston and back.