Necessary mayhem has got to be one of the hottest UK reggae labels around at the minute, with everything that comes from the NM camp being hard and the artists well selected and as always on point. Asides from reggae and dub, Curtis ‘Da Grynch’ Lynch (producer and label owner) has delved into the worlds of dubstep and other musical styles to bring a comprehensive viewpoint on new underground music to the people and boy, he does it well. From the amazing ‘August Town’ by the female JA artist Etana to the latest ‘Ganja Man, Ganja Woman’, a dubstep track with vocals from Mr. Williamz which is just wicked, NM records just keeps coming up with the goods. ‘August Town’ was a number one smash in reggae charts everywhere for example!
Lately, reggae wise, it has been the Possessed riddim that has been killing it in the dancehalls around the world, with heavyweight artists gracing the riddim such as Taurrus Riley and Jah Mali the riddim was sure to be a hit even before it dropped. The hard hip hop style drums and thundering bassline made this an absolute must and I for one am playing it out at every opportunity that I get. Trust me when the bass drops, you know about it with this one. The way that Lynch produces is super heavy too especially on the Possessed riddim, he uses part of ‘Black, Gold and Green’ by legendary singer Ken Boothe in the tunes and is a sure way of carrying off an up to date take on an older classic.
This brings us to the new dub LP, the cover alone sets it up to be serious with it being a new take on the old Scientist LP covers such as the classic ‘Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires’ to name one alone. The LP comprises of seven dub tracks starting with the aforementioned ‘Possessed Dub’. This dub is just ridiculous! The riddim has been taken ripped apart and put back together in a speaker box cracking manner, this mix is pure dubplate style, with Lynch obviously having a lot of fun in the studio when making it and taking the tune right to the brink. This style of mixing is current throughout the LP which really just needs to be heard. I could sit here all day writing about how good it is, so what I will do is say get to Dub Vendor HERE or any other good record store and buy this if you love dub music and crazy mixes!
This is available from right now and for just a tenner I think that it would be plain rude to pass it up. Once again I say support UK music and buy this LP from some top UK talent.
Review By Jack Duffield