Review: Alchemy Dubs pull out all the stops to celebrate release number 10 as they present - for the first time ever on vinyl - the aptly named "Alchemy" by UK dub legends Alpha & Omega. It's a flabby number that stomps and swings like an elephant. Distant vocals and intoxicating melodies weave in and out as the beat plumps on and takes you every step of the way with it. Ojah sorts out a heavyweight dub refix on the flip to make this an essential little purchase.
Ode To Joy (Babylon Can't Control I) (Ojah remix) (5:02)
Ode To Joy (Babylon Can't Control I) (Ojah remix dub) (5:02)
Ode To Joy (Babylon Can't Control I) (Ruv Bytes mix) (5:02)
Ode To Joy (instrumental - Ojah mix) (5:01)
Review: Alchemy Dubs hits fantastic number five with new versions of this real reggae anthem. "Ode To Joy (Babylon Can't Control I)" by Cornell Campbell and Soothsayers first appeared on "Nothing Can Stop Us" back in 2013 on Strut and now gets remixed and re-dubbed by Ojah and Ruv Bytes. Breezy, sweet rolling grooves with jangling pianos and warm hearted vocal deliveries are all tethered to planet earth by some brilliantly fat bass.
Review: Alchemy Dubs have cooked up more heat here with a ninth 7" that is a collaboration between Ojah and Jamaican singer Ras Tavaris. "Long Run" is a live mixed, proudly analogue cut with a stepper rhythm overlaid by Tavaris' important lyric work that muses on plenty of contemporary issues. Some lively percussion adds character and a flip-side instrumental dub lays even more fantastic studio work. That this one comes in a hand-stamped, hand-numbered, thick custom sleeve and is limited to 500 units makes it all the more collectable.