Inna City Pressure

  • Code: RUSCD8291
  • Manufacturer: ROIR [Reach Out International Records] USA
  • Manufacturer's code: 0053436829127
  • Price: 56.99 zł
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ROIR is proud to re-introduce one of the landmark albums of the last decade-remixed, remastered with two bonus tracks ("Junglist" & "Jacob"s Ladder") plus a new version of "Revolution." Inna City Pressure was originally released by Dr. Israel in late 1998, at a time when the scene he was associated with (NYC"s "illbient" collective which included DJ Spooky, WE, Sub Dub, Spectre, Techno Animal, Badawi) was garnering major press attention. Of all the albums to emerge from that scene, this undoubtedly was and is the most important and, I would dare say, the best.

Doc"s music is a fusion of world musics in the best possible sense. Dub/reggae, jungle/drum n bass, hip-hop, rock, punk & metal are all part of a completely organic whole, achieved with urgency, acumen, charisma and purpose. In fact, the album is so strong it should return some import to the terms "World Music" and "Fusion"-two terms whose meanings have been diluted, hyped and bastardized to the point of inconsequence. Doc"s ability to represent and reprocess his influences (Black Uhuru, Black Sabbath, Bad Brains, Run DMC, Roni Size) into compelling new forms is astounding. And what ties these styles of music together so organically? The answer is simple: Doc understands that what he loves about all music is BIG BASS and BIG DRUMS. He also understands how to implement that knowledge. It"s why Black Sabbath can be reimagined as a pot-smoking rasta chanting over drum "n" bass beats. And why Doc is such a special musical mind.

The rerelease of Inna City Pressure will be followed by a new Dr. Israel album entitled Dr. Israel presents Dreadtone International: Patterns of War, out October 17th, 2005. Patterns... is his first album in over 3 years and marks the continuation of a great & lengthy relationship with ROIR (those are Doc"s dreadlocks on the cover of ROIR"s first ever CD release-Dub Revolution: UK Roots). This new album by Doc and the young Brooklyn collective Dreadtone International is a new-school-meets-old-school marriage of roots, dub, trip-hop, rock, and R&B. Teaming up with vocalists Lady K and Chemda, along with an assortment of Brooklyn"s finest dub players, the good Dr. has created possibly his most accessible effort to date-an entirely new dub sound. Think Massive Attack vs. Fugees. Heavy heavy bass lines, thundering beats, beautiful melodies, pristinely produced vocals, and conscious lyrics paint an over-all soundscape which is as powerful as it is unique.

"The most fully realized statement from the underground massive in quite some time." - VIBE

"Inna City Pressure is a world music masterpiece." - CMJ

"The most adventurous and cohesive reggae album of the late 90s...the most fully realized reggae concept album since Bunny Wailer"s Blackheart Man, and it reflects a level of originality and power that"s rare in any genre." - Boston Phoenix

"Dr. Israel's Inna City Pressure is as catchy a fusion of dub-ragga weirdness and power-chorded rock as you'll ever hear...Original & inspiring." - Rolling Stone

1. Inna City
2. Pressure
3. The Doctor vs. The Wizard
4. Armageddon Time
5. Survivor
6. Coppers (Brooklyn Version)
7. Life in the Ghetto
8. Revolution
9. Crisis Time
10. Israel
11. Iron City
12. Together
13. Time
14. Junglist
15. Jacob"s Ladder
16. Together (Version)
17. Dubvivor

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