Super Hi-Fi – Dub To The Bone

Electric Cowbell Records

Combine the vintage vibe of Jamaican trombone legend Don Drummond with the modern-day world grooves of the Matic Horns – infuse the whole works with some time-capsuled good smoke from the Black Ark – and you’ll come close to the sound of the debut album from NYC’s Super Hi-Fi, Dub To The Bone.

The twin trombones of Alex Asher (People’s Champs) and Ryan Snow (Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds) are the core of Super Hi-Fi’s sound – whether it be a solidly-stated melody (“Tri Tro Tro”), combination punches of horn (“Washingtonian” with guest Adam Dotson adding a third trombone to the mix), or even ‘boned-out skank rhythms (dig the opening chunka-chunkas of “Neolithic” before they hand off to the guitar). If you’re unfamiliar with the trombone in a reggae/dub setting, then be prepared for a treat. The big horn lends itself to this music in the most natural of ways: long tones flow like fat, thick liquid – and when pressed, the trombone takes on a rumble that’s as warm and pleasing as an overdriven tube amp. Asher and Snow are masters of natural ebb and flow to begin with; the sound manipulation by the various mixers and remixers involved on the album’s eight cuts only adds to the effect.

Click HERE for the rest of my Dub To The Bone review at Jambands.com

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