Bongo Gene

Pressure Sounds * PSS012 * 2006

Skyjack

Skyjack
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This record, originally released on the Total Sounds label in1978, showcases Bongo Gene's dread vocals over a slow hypnotic rhythm. The b side is even stronger with pulsing horns and a weaving lead saxophone over a truly dubbed up rhythm. This will clean your ears out!

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ruff!

Red Eyes, Mar 31, 2006
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)


Put simply, you cannot afford to miss these new vinyl offerings from Pressure Sounds -- The impression of late has been that quality re-issue music has been drying up, so it's deeply pleasurable and impressive too, that Pete Holdsworth and crew have dug up these essential tunes, tunes that will be new to even many of the most hardened of "roots veterans" amongst us.

This "Skyjack" tune is reminiscent of Upsetter / James Boom's "Psalms 20/Proverbs Of Dub", but with a meditative rather than pugnacious vibration. It also seems clear where later generations of so called dub poets took their influence from. Bongo Gene has a tranquil and poetic style of delivery. It is also very reminiscent of Bullwackie's "African Roots Act 1" album -- think similarity to tunes like "Addis Abba Dub" with its ethereal vocal style.

The version side takes us on an Archie Shepp style horns journey over a thunderous staccato Rockers' rim shot snare. One for the Impulse label jazz fanatics.

Put simply, this is indispensable music -- heavy, complex, sophisticated Rockers with an introspective ambience and numinous quality -- aspects and contrasts which are sadly missing in the vast majority of reggae music produced in 2006. Don't under any circumstances, miss the album either -- one of the best reissues of the last ten years.

Watch out for a review of the upcoming Pressure Sounds single, "Diverse Doctrine" in the next few weeks on these pages -- It is a different cut to the album version, so it sounds promising and worth the wait.

Can't wait for volume two of the "More Pressure Straight To The Head" series -- It most surely looks like Pressure Sounds are entering a new phase of excellence here, and it is going to be fascinating to see what they follow up this immaculate selection with.

Professor Barnabas

skyjack/version bongo gene

ramin ruin, Apr 06, 2006
wow. those two brilliant KOOL! trax DEADLY!
blasting 1th encounter.boom, great! ha,ha 4 real!

killer

ramin ruin, Apr 13, 2006
the dub version is a killer!
but the a side also!!

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