Artist: Sugar Minott / Ticklah
Title: Praise His Name / Dub His Name
Catalog #: LNDB45-002
Format: 7 Vinyl / Digital
Release Date: January 2011
File Under: Vintage Dub / Roots Reggae
Helmed by world-renowned drum & bass and reggae DJ Liondub, the Liondub Internatonal imprint has made massive strides since it's inception. Releasing a steady stream of top-shelf material from a growing stable of producers and vocalists, it has become the go-to source for emerging music at the nexus of reggae, dubstep and drum & bass sounds. Last year saw the christening of the Liondub45 sub label, which specializes in collectible deep, vintage dub and scorching Roots Reggae 7s and showcases the talents of a veritable whos who of modern Dub producers and original foundation vocalists.
After the runaway success of it's premier release, featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore's vivid anthem "The General", Liondub45 returns with another winning 7" pairing New York City dub master Ticklah with the sweet sounds of Lincoln "Sugar" Minott. As a singer, producer and soundsystem organizer Sugar Minott's career chronicles the transformation of reggae music from lovers rock and rub-a-dub to the rise of ragga dancehall and the computerized riddims of today. Mr. Minott launched his solo career at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One where he spearheaded the popular practice of "versioning" existing riddims. He went on to form his own Black Roots label and Youth Promotion sound system which together fostered the careers of a huge number of Jamaica's greatest reggae dancehall artists. Sugar Minott's enormous creative spirit survives him in these beautiful words laid down over a jubilant dub from Ticklah.
NYC based keyboardist, engineer, and producer Victor Axelrod, aka Ticklah, has been an integral part of the NYC music scene for over a decade. He is a founding member of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Antibalas and the Easy Star All-Stars with whom he continues to record and perform. In the past several years he has recorded keys for Mark Ronson, appearing on Version as well as the Amy Winehouse album. He has released his own Ticklah VS Axelrod LP on NYC reggae label Easy Star, for whom he also co-produced and engineered several roots compilations including the Pink Floyd cover album Dub Side Of The Moon. A longtime fan of Sugar Minot, Mr. Axelrod was thrilled to have the opportunity to record with such a talented and influential artist. The two together have produced a momentous recording.
Praise His Name is an uplifting message for the masses; to give hope to the downtrodden and remind us of our need for spiritual wealth. No one could say it better than Sugar Minott, whose own works supported generations, and here he has done so with a bittersweet minor melody that fits perfectly over Ticklah's rolling bass, muffled rimshot and lush organ sound. Minott's erie harmonies ring out with crystal clarity in the mix which is wrapped in spring reverb, chugging organ and punctuated by glistening agogo bells while rippling echos punch holes in the dub verison. A classic like this comes along once in a life time and this one is for the ages.
Watch out for more 7s from Ticklah as well as the likes of Johnny Osbourne, Luciano, Judah Eskender Tafari, Courtney John and other reggae legends. Liondub45 - Our love & respect for Roots Reggae music will never die.