Late last week, the Independent ran an informative encomium on Dub Colossus’ A Town Called Addis, so I’d advise you to head in that direction if you’re looking for the full-fledged review treatment. If not, take my word that Nick “Dubulah” Page’s collaboration with a team of renowned Ethiopian musicians is an exceptional effort–the rare modern-day reggae record that lives up to its 60s and 70s forebears. Tinged with an afro-beat, Azmari, and jazz filagree, A Town Called Addis is pure stoner soul: soft, narcotic nods that float in pure vernal bliss. Released on tiny imprint Real World Records, this is a sure-shot pick for one of the year’s most slept-on records.
MP3: Dub Colossus-“Azmari Dub”
MP3: Dub Colussus-“Tazeb Kush (Shame On Me, Shame On You)”