The first single from Dubmatix upcoming album “ReWired” brings together Dubmatix and the truly innovative and wonderful group, The Hempolics, for a rollicking fusion of reggae/hip-hop and groove in the form of “Crazy Days” sung by Dandelion & Nubyia.
The ReWired title concept is about not only rewiring my studio for each album – using different gear, re-organizing and always having to rewire everything as you end up with cables that connect to nothing hanging everywhere. It’s also about rewiring the music – changing things, adding new elements and creating new sounds.
Dubmatix has taken his time working on his new album. Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix “Overdubbed” was released in 2018. It scooped the Juno Award for “Reggae Recording Of The Year 2019”, marking the second time the Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto had received this coveted award.
“ReWired” is his first studio album in years and it’s already abundantly clear that the wait has been more than worth it. Dubmatix has used the time to hone and polish the tracks on the album, while at the same time exploring new paths. The first three tunes, “Ask Me” feat. Lone Ranger, “Rub A Dub” with the Spanish singer and MC Sr. Wilson and “High Life” feat. Kazam Davis & Exile Di Brave, are par for the course for the Canadian. After that, it’s like Dubmatix opened up the style floodgates: “Champion” with brilliant vocals by Joe Publik is a hip-hop-reggae hybrid with a slight touch of grime; “Crazy Days”, featuring a fine guest appearance by the Hempolics, incorporates loose, bouncy funk, while “Reign Over Me”, with smooth vocals by Duane Stephenson, veers off onto the pop path. In addition to the new tracks, two 7” singles that have already been released are also included: the mystical stepper “High Life” which features Kazam Davis & Exile Di Brave (Irie Ites Music) and a fabulous, melancholy cover version of New Order’s “Blue Monday” (Cyclone Records), which sees Dubmatix teaming up with Barry Ashworth from the Dub Pistols. So good! Other guest vocalists on the album include Lasai, Jman and Rootwords and there are a host of guest musicians, such as Booom Hornz from France with Romain Pivard and Cedric Munsch aka Tribuman.
“ReWired” offers a dazzling, masterful kaleidoscope of modern sounds of dub-oriented bass music that is enormous fun. The Canadian could be in with a great chance of winning another Juno Award…