Dennis Bovell

Pressure Sounds * PS75 * 2012

Mek It Run

Mek It Run

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Following recent neck surgery Dennis Bovell was under heavy medical discipline, amongst other restrictions there was to be strictly no playing of the bass. Now, more than any musician, the bass player has an almost physical connection to his chosen instrument, umbilical even, so the prospect of no vibration sensation was going to be difficult to deal with for the recovering Dennis. Not one to let such news impede his onward path Dennis came up with the idea of returning to unfinished work in an attempt to distract attention from his enforced low-end bass cold turkey. Down in his musical lock-up lay a stack of boxes containing old 2 inch multi-track analogue master tapes, some dating back to the late seventies; Dennis selected some likely looking titles that never had dub treatment and arranged some time in Neil Fraser’s (the Mad Professor) studio as he knew the Prof had every gadget under the sun, there he “baked” tapes ready for digital conversion via an Alesis HD24 a 24 track, 48kHz hard disk recorder rescuing the sounds from an inevitable oxidisation process that comes with age. At the mixing end Dennis utilises a whole range of outboard gear from old analogue to the latest digital sets, explaining the unique and separate end sounds of the dubs presented on the album.

Reviews

Dennis Bovell — Mek It Run

Mighty M, Jun 04, 2012
Double lp on this NOW!

Dennis Bovell — Mek It Run

Mike Murphy, Jun 18, 2012
Get it... simple as, great music from a greater musician... dubbing it up in a style that befits the music but comes across fresh and clean in this day and age. the I-Roy tune is a must and the cd is worth getting just to have that, however the rest of the tunes each and everyone is individual, new to the ear, engaging... I don't listen to much Dub it's never been my favourite genre of 'Jamaican' music (yes I know Mek It Run is UK Reggae ((ish)), but this has changed my mind and my ears for a time..

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    Michael Rose's distinctive tone gets on a re-working of Yabby's a King Pharoah's Plague rhythm. Nicely done by King Jammy and comes with a nice dub on the flipside. Excellent.

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    Three cuts of Junior Brown/ Phil Pratts 'What a disaster'. The rhythm was recorded in Jamaica by Sly and Robbie and was part of the Dial M for Murder lp. The Junior Brown vocal was voiced in the UK and released on The Mystic label. We have an extra mix added to the Pressure Sounds release by The Disciple. A killer release that comes in a hand stamped bag made out of re-cycled card.

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