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Soothsayers Meet Red Earth Collective - One More Reason
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Soothsayers Meet Red Earth Collective

One More Reason

Red Earth Music

Released: 6th April 2009 | 14 track afrobeat album
One More Reason brings Soothsayers love of dub to the fore - featuring legendary reggae vocalists Johnny Clarke, Michael Prophet and Linval Thompson alongside contributions from UK dub legends Mad Professor and Nick Manasseh - the album harnesses deep dub grooves to perfectly compliment the pulsating Afro-beat rhythms and the mighty horn arrangements that Soothsayers are well known for. Drawing on a range of influences from Jah Wobble, Fela kuti, The Wailers, King Tubby and Lee 'Scratch' Perry to The Specials, Hugh Masakela, Roots Manuva and Massive Attack, One More Reason is infused with the musical culture of the band's base in Brixton, one of London's most culturally diverse neighbourhoods and was recorded in their SW2 based studios. They work-shopped the tunes at their legendary bi-monthly Red Earth Collective sessions at the Effra – a favorite hangout for musicians and music lovers in Brixton – before band-leaders and producers Idris Rahman and Robin Hopcraft created the heady brew that is One More Reason from a melting-pot of 24 carat dub, afro-beat, and deep-funk grooves. Noted for their blistering shows, Soothsayers have been kicking up a live storm with their organic mix of reggae, afro-beat, funk and urban jazz for over 10 years. But where their debut Lost City drew on jazz and African music and acclaimed follow-up Tangled Roots channeled funk and hip-hop alongside afro-beat and reggae, One More Reason brings together all these elements with beautiful cohesion under a distinctive dub-infused soundscape. Led by trumpeter Hopcraft and saxophonist Rahman, Soothsayers also features Idris' sister Zoe Rahman on keys (with whom Idris recently released the critically acclaimed Where Rivers Meet), guitarists Phil Dawson and Derek Johnson, bassist Kodjovi Kush, drummer Patrick Illingworth, percussionists Spry and Satin Singh , vocalist Julia Biel and a host of guest musicians including South African veteran Lucky Ranku.
"Totally impressive , well played and produced throughout. I have seen them live which was stunning and the new album takes thing one step higher"
David Katz
"Expect to hear the new tunes as a regular on my show ….love the warrior style horns"
David Rodigan
"Soothsayers are taking dub and reggae music to a new place on this album ……afrobeat , funk and jazz influences are drawn in with original and subtle style."
Mad Professor
"Thrilling harmonies…seriously infectious dance-floor grooves…goose bump inducing vocals"
The Guardian
"Irresistibly funky grooves"
"An impressive mosaic of afrobeat, dub and funk"
"One of the finest slices of a Anglo Caribbean fusion since The Specials in their prime......artfully mixing in funk and Afrobeat to their deep dub"
"One More Reason might finally win them the mainstream attention they deserve….Rootsy and slick , global and local, this is a party album with it’s head in the bass bin"