Respect | Dub Inc

IRIE™ Magazine | RESPECT - Dub Inc

Dub Inc


On September 27, 2019, Dub Inc released their 7th studio album, MILLIONS… a political album, in the noble sense. The words of En nous translate as “Do not forget those who stand up for us”. It is hard not to think of the recent uprisings that occurred wherever the dominated felt brave enough. This vision is however put in perspective in Nos armes, written as a hint to the French movement of the Yellow Vests: “New deal, new mafia / We do not know who to trust”. “Since none of the members of the band had participated in those demonstrations,” says singer Komlan, “it would have been demagogic to hold a speech of support”.


IRIE™ | Dub Inc - Millions

Release Date: September 27, 2019
Label: Diversité
Copyright: 2019 Diversité
Total Length: 1:00:06
Total Tracks: 14
Format: Album
Genre: Reggae

The words of MILLIONS often invite us to exercise our critical spirit: “With France, I learned what was public opinion / In Algeria, I remained silent even though I was right” (A tort ou à raison). This idea of “keeping the right distance” is also reflected in the band’s musical choices. In this record, you can hear Dub Inc as you know them: Millions, A la fois, A tort ou à raison and its beautiful ethereal notes of kora played by Massa Dembele, and Chaâbi, sung in Kabyle with traditional musicians. Dub Inc also return to a classic from their beginnings: a vocal and dub showcase (My bro, featuring Million Stylez).

Arbitrary boundaries are another thread of this new album. Dub Inc know how to extend their musical territory in MILLIONS.

The third theme of this 2019 vintage is the dictatorship of the fake. Dub Inc asks us: “Where does the truth come from when everyone uses the same words?” (Fake news). More than ever, they say free will is a value to be saved, especially in a world of networks that share “Only plastic eyes and mechanical gestures” (Authentique). Two great peaks remain to be mentioned: a song about missing fathers (A tort ou à raison), whose touching words are supported by the invincibly effective rhythm section of Dub Inc; and an ever so delicate track about women (Inès), which takes your guts with just the essential: a guitar, and a voice.

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