Friday, 12 October 2012
Dubxanne - The Police In Dub
Introducing DubXanne: a group of Hamburg-based musicians devoted to bringing out the original dub roots from the biggest band in '70s-'80s Britain, The Police. At the apex of their career, The Police were a massive, bleached-blond juggernaut, surfing a new wave sound which valued intellectual cool and lightly sprinkled ethnic influences over the discredited rock 'n' roll bluster of old. The first post-punk supergroup. At the end of 1977, over the Christmas period, Stewart Copeland played Sting some of his reggae records. When Summers returned to Britain from his vacation in the United States, he found his bandmates newly inspired by Jamaican sounds. Reggae rhythms finally shook The Police free from post-punk rock convention and the rest has become history -- to date, 40 million people all over the world have bought a Police record! The first recordings for Police In Dub sessions by DubXanne started in September 2006. After exhaustive scrutiny of the Police back catalog at EMI Music Publishing (which controls and manages the rights for Sting's songs) and lengthy negotiations with Sting's management team, final consent for the project was granted in March 2008. Now the world can sit back and look forward to dub versions of the biggest tunes by The Police. The musicians behind DubXanne are members of the group Okada (backing band for Zoe, Maxim, Don Abi to name a few): Mykal (drums), Marcus (bass), Manougazou (guitar) and Guido Craveiro (guitar/keyboards; produced Moloko, Zoe and Bootsy Collins). Also featuring well-known vocalists such as: Big Youth, Ranking Roger from The Beat (who recently shared the stage with The Police in Manchester), Earl 16, Benjamin Zephaniah, Seeed and Jazz'min. DubXanne's album is a unique masterpiece, paying respect to an influential super-group. This is massive roots reggae.