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In a little more than a year the Brooklynbased combo of Double Tiger and DJ QMastah has established itself as one of the pillars of the U.S. underground bass music scene. Through their record label and iconic 15000watt handcrafted wooden speaker stack dubbed the Tower of Sound they have forged a reputation as the leading crew behind the resurgence and development of dub reggae and sound system culture in America. Restoring the centrality of sound system culture in the evolution of contemporary bass music is an explicit goal of the duo. By connecting the dots between old and new Battle Cry stands as a metaphor and manifesto for this ambition. The 10track LP takes the listener on a musical journey through the genrebending contours of dub reggae and electronic music with each track adding its own twist to the overall story. Taking inspiration from the multifaceted dimensions of Brooklyn Battle Cry is dark and gritty yet upbeat and at times soulful. Despite this dichotomy of sounds and styles each track is connected by the duos affinity for righteous horn lines tranceinducing dub echoes and powerful skanks underpinned by heavy lines of pulsating bass. Battle Cry was made deliberately for the sound system and will most likely sound better on one! To support its cause Tour de Force has enlisted an allstar cast of vocalists from around the world including legendary Jamaican tenor Luciano on Where Do We Go Wrong and UKbased emcee Brother Culture with his trademark spitfire delivery on Roots Lyrics. Battle Cry also features Brooklyns own Jahdan Blakkamoore on the summer themed Pool Party and Jay Spaker on both Old Time Love and the militant A Little Bit More. Tour de Forces affection for Jamaican musical heritage is evident as they revamp timeless classics: King Jammys digital Sleng Teng riddim on Pool Party the ethereal Satta Massagana on the explosive Warmongers And Dennis Browns anthemic Promised Land theme on the albums title track Battle Cry.

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