25 July 2011
Review: Dub Colussus 'Addis Through The Looking Glass'
Addis Through The Looking Glass
Addis Through The Looking Glass is the second album from Dub Colussus, an Ethiopian group centered around renowned British musician Nick Page aka Dubulah. Page founded the critically acclaimed Trans-Global Underground and recorded six albums with them before leaving to form Temple Of Sound, produce a couple of Natcha Atlas albums and begin a love affair with the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Building from the debut Dub Colussus set A Town Called Addis (2008), this Real World-released album bears witness to a gorgeous and uplifting blend of traditional Ethiopian music with jazz and reggae rhythms, given a dub (not dubstep!) re-rub. Imagine The Abyssinians, Sun Ra, the Buena Vista Social Club and King Tubby hanging at one of the Mad Hatter's infamous tea parties. From wide-screen, drifting jazz-dub to breathy love songs, from horn-laden reggae to high-energy Ethio-pop, Addis Through The Looking Glass is a sophisticated and thoroughly enjoyable listen.
4 stars from 5