Canadian Reggae sensation Dubmatix and the new disk – RENEGADE ROCKER
A sonic assault of thundering drums and bass, Burning Spear-styled horns capped with rock-solid, head-nodding grooves that attack all the senses, Dubmatix unleashes his third 7 Arts/Fusion3 disc RENEGADE ROCKER. Hailing from Toronto, Canada – Dubmatix is a one-person musical factory operation who performed, wrote, produced and mixed the entire LP from his basement crypt aptly named The Dub Factory. On the heels of his previous & critically-acclaimed chart-topping releases CHAMPION SOUND CLASH (2004) & ATOMIC SUBSONIC (2006) comes his latest epic LP RENEGADE ROCKER.
Dubmatix continues to challenge himself by pushing the envelope off creativity with this – his finest album yet – another bass-heavy adventure in reggae & electro-dub. This time on RENEGADE ROCKER his guests include reggae luminaries – Grammy Award winning Michael Rose, 80s Dancehall icons Sugar Minott & Pinchers, God Father of Rocksteady Alton Ellis, super-producer and 70s hitmaker Linval Thompson, the voice that ushered in the digital King Jammy reggae sound of the mid-80s and one the most versioned reggae song of all time Wayne “Sleng Teng” Smith, Willi Williams whose “Armagideon Time” anthem still resonates with reggae fans 30 years later , U-Roy prodigy and one of today’s most revered Toasters Ranking Joe, alongside local homegrown Canadian talents Raffa Dean, Ammoye and Kulcha Ites.
From Linval Thompson’s opening plea of “Peace & Love” and majestic horns that immediately capture your attention to the lightening-fast toasting of Ranking Joe on the appropriately titled “Tornado“. The cool and smooth groove of “Easy Down” featuring Black Uhuru’s Michael Rose to the explosive & thundering “Burning Fire Dub” or the condemnation of violence on “Re-Action” featuring Willi Williams to the final and 16th track, the uptempo ragga/drum & bass song “Push” featuring one of Toronto’s up and coming artists Ammoye. No matter where you “drop the needle” on RENEGADE ROCKER each song is different and an unexpected musical journey across the history of reggae and it’s many and varied textures.
Chuck Foster of The Beat Magazine October 2008 – a full-throttle set of upbeat, positive reggae with tight riddims, inspired dub effects, sweet horns and guests galore……..An excellent set from beginning to end!