The Parisian duo of bassist/guitarist Patrick Bylebyl and keyboardist Guillaume Metenier is back with its third album under the name Seven Dub, in a smooth and club-friendly set of dub-inflected house, nu-jazz, and reggae. Several guest vocalists make appearances, though Zap Mama alumna Angelique Willkie is featured so consistently throughout the album that she might as well be credited as a third member of the group. The other singers are Paul St. Hilaire (formerly of Rhythm & Sound), Zakeya, and, best of all, reggae legend Lone Ranger, who steals the show on "It Doesn't Matter," a brilliantly funky combination track with Willkie. Other highlights include a couple of instrumentals, the bumping "Yvo Riddim" and the cool and dark "Ashes," as well as the sexy and bass-heavy "Running Away" and a nice piece of dubbed-up rockers reggae titled "U & Dem" and featuring St. Hilaire on vocals. Things bog down a little bit around the middle of the program, especially on the pedestrian "My Only Lover," but overall this is a great exercise in club-dub fusion.
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AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson
feat: Lone Ranger