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RHA CA-200 Headphone
RHA CA-200 Headphone

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional value for money!, 21 Nov. 2011
I bought these headphones expecting something perhaps more simplistic for the price but I was pleasantly surprised with just how great they sounded! It is very rare that I discover a pair of headphones that can deliver a slick design, comfort AND an impressive sound at such an affordable price. The CA200's have a great frequency response, giving great presence to the music with rounded bass and well-defined high mids. I have listened to a wide variety of music so far from classical to dub reggae and they have delivered on every front. The sound is crisp and full without compromises. The noise cancellation is also superb and unlike many other headphones offering noise cancellation these are actually light and comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time, which is very important with headphones. For the price I really don't think the CA200's can be beat - they sound great and they look great and they feel great. Great product and exceptional value for money, highly recommended!


Audio Illusion of Dub
Audio Illusion of Dub
Price: £26.13

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Professor!, 12 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Audio Illusion of Dub (Audio CD)
Neil "Mad Professor" Fraser is without a doubt a genius of the mixing desk and his rich productions are a joy to listen to. I purchased this album after seeing a video with the Professor performing a live dub of the "Fever" track featured on this album. This album is packed with superb tracks and a superb economy of dubs and effects - the Professor has every sound perfectly treated and needs few ingredients in his dub recipe. Compared to earlier Mad Professor albums that have featured drum machines and midi instruments heavily this album features musicians, giving it a much more attractive sound. The live drums and bass (performed by Black Steel) really lay the foundation with deep tightly locked grooves that have your head nodding on every track. The brass sound is glorious and as reminds me of a quote from the Professor where he said "reggae should sound like sunshine". His love and appreciation for a good melody also shines through with some tracks making you feel like you have known them for many years. As well as some great musicianship the album has a great mixing desk jam session feel about it as Mad Professor filters brass, washes instruments with reverb and dubs portions of the mix to outer space and back again. It is a joy to listen to a master of this music work his magic. A great dub album, highly recommended.


The Clashification Of Dub
The Clashification Of Dub
Price: £7.67

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Clash and dub music fans alike, 12 Nov. 2011
This album was a bit of a chance discovery for me and I have to say I have been hooked ever since I got it. Dub Spencer & Trance Hill are a group of Swiss reggae musicians who have put together this superb collection of Clash cover versions done in a dub style. I am a huge Clash fan and also a big dub enthusiast so I was very curious to hear how these songs would translate into dub versions. Some of The Clash originals lend themselves to the dub/reggae sound with ease, such as "Bankrobber" and "Guns Of Brixton", however some other titles have required a bit more imagination in the arrangement. "Lost In The Supermarket" has an almost other-worldly quality with spaced out guitars awash with cosmic effects over a slow groove. "This Is England" has a superb tight reggae feel with some great drumming and a solid bassline and lots of wonderful dub effects. "Armagideon Time" has a lovely vintage quality about it with drums hits heavily soaked in tape delay and spring reverb as the infectious groove bobs along. "Bankrobber" is another great rendition and shifts from a slow smokey dub groove to an upbeat pacey reggae number. "Rock The Casbah" is one of the more imaginative arrangements and is one of the stand out tracks on the album. All in all this is a really good fun album that rises about the novelty of its concept and showcases some really great musicianship, with a great balance of simple-but-effective dub versions and intriguing re-inventions of The Clash originals. Great stuff.
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UFOrb
UFOrb
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.82

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful, 11 Nov. 2011
This review is from: UFOrb (Audio CD)
There are some albums that you know from the first listen are going to be favourites for life and this is what happened for me when I first heard this glorious album almost twenty years ago. The album is undoubtedly ahead of its time and is packed with amazing textures, samples and lush synthysisers. From the opening ethereal drones of O.O.B.E. we are taken on a journey that travels through different tempos and moods whilst flowing effortlessly from start to finish. "UFOrb" ebbs and flows from ambience to dub to techno taking the listener to all sorts of strange places with the melange of different sounds and other-worldly textures. "Blue Room", featured here in a 17 minute edited form is a true masterpiece. Bubbling synths and astral effects make a perfect bedding for Steve Hillage's milky way guitar meanderings before the piece develops into a deep and infectious groove with dubbed out percussion and a superb bassline by Jah Wobble. The journey continues with the dub epic "Towers Of Dub" where harmnonicas, vibes and all manner of sonic delights are sent echoing to some distant place over a smokey groove. "Close Encounters" keeps the underlying textures and ambiences continuing but builds into a hypnotic trance track with spiralling synth motifs exciting the ear. "Majestic" takes the listener into some almost tropical world with layered percussion and echoing flutes and chimes. This album is more than just music it is a voyage that is expertly crafted from start to finish. I am always hearing new things in it and I could not even begin to count how many times I have listened to it. I hope new listeners will find great pleasure in this record, a truly timeless piece of work.


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