Thursday, September 27, 2007

Support Great Music - Buy this album.

Just bought this on itunes and it is a KILLER. Victor Axelrod, aka Ticklah, plays keyboards, as well as drums, bass and guitar on this album. There are some guest appearances by the likes of Dub is a Weapon (the horn section, I believe), Mikey General, Rob Symeon and Vinia Mojica. Definitely a must for any dub reggae fan, Ticklah vs. Axelrod is right up there with the best of Dennis Bovell, Mad Prof and Wackie's dubs in terms of some of the best examples of the art produced outside of Jamaica. In fact, given Ticklah's uncanny ability to channel the sounds of the '70's, in terms of the proper instruments, effects and mixing techniques, one at times might wonder the vintage of this album. Listen to the incredibly retro-futuristic 'Deception,' as well as the two re-imagined Eddie Palmieri tunes, and you will know that this is none other than a most current album, the product of an amazing musician and producer based in dub reggae's creative headquarters, Brooklyn, New York.

Folks who have been following Axelrod's career will probably know that he is keyboardist for Afrobeat band Antibalas as well as soulsters the Dap Kings. He also produced and played on the immensely popular Dub Side of the Moon album. What may have gone unnoticed is Axelrod's recent work for Amy Winehouse and bedroom recording sensation Lilly Allen. So the secret is out, Axelrod is one of the most talented producers and keyboardists around.

Ticklah vs. Axelrod is an immediate classic. I expect to listen to it many, many times, and then listen to it some more.

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