25 July 2011

Review: Dub Colussus 'Addis Through The Looking Glass'

Addis Through The Looking Glass
[Real World]

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

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