Mek It Run

Mek It Run

by Dennis Bovell


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Mek It Run

Following recent neck surgery, British reggae veteran Dennis Bovell received strict orders to give his bass playing a rest. This could not have been an easy thing to hear seeing as how he handled the low end for Matumbi and Linton Kwesi Johnson, but Bovell came up with a solution, returning to the production side of his career with a visit to the master tape vault, where he retrieved his productions from the late '70s and early '80s, grabbing the ones that had never received any dub treatment. After "baking" the tapes a bit (it gets rid of oxidization and gunk) and booking a 2012 session at Ariwa (Mad Professor's studio), Bovell created Mek It Run, a unique slice of dub that spans decades but retains a certain spirit, one not driven by modern gimmicks but an allegiance to the groove. Here, the producer acts as a Rasta Buck Rogers awakened from cold storage, blissfully unaware of dubstep's impact and common usage of the laptop as studio equipment. Still, Mek It Run sounds like little else simply because of its sonics, which are vintage yet oddly clean, with much more punch and presence than found during dub's golden age. For example, check the sharp stab of bass that kicks off the title track or the beginning of "Princess Dub," where the gap between bass and treble is wide enough to drive a truck through. "Burden" is the kind of music that must make Thievery Corporation envious, with I-Roy in young voice and the music just as crisp as 2012 allows, while "After the Storm (Tahrir Rock)" is a fine example of dub that builds something very different out of the original tune, taking the non-political track "Zombie Zones" and dubbing it into a commentary on the fall of Egypt's Mubarak regime with the sounds of sirens and explosions. Liner notes from Steve Barker sweeten the deal, but Mek It Run is already an easy recommendation for dub fans, acting as either an oddball release to dissect and analyze, or a rich soundtrack for any day that requires those fat Bovell rhythms.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2012
Label: Pressure Sounds
UPC: 0689492122928
catalogNumber: 75
Rank: 240002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dennis Bovell   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices
I-Roy   Vocals,Voices
Jah Bunny   Drums
Bevin Fagan   Bass
Angus Gaye   Drums
Steve Gregory   Flute,Saxophone
Webster Johnson   Keyboards
Paget King   Keyboards
John Kpiaye   Guitar
Geoffrey Scantlebury   Percussion
Style Scott   Drums
Bukky Leo   Saxophone
Richie Stevens   Drums
Buttons Henry Tenyve   Trombone
Patrick Anthony   Trumpet
Lorna Gee   Vocals,Voices
Tony Gad   Bass,Keyboards
Barrington Levine   Drums

Technical Credits

Dennis Bovell   Producer
Steve Barker   Liner Notes
John Sims   Artwork
Joe Ariwa   Sound Effects

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