Trumystic Sound System

Dub Power

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With the wicked Dub Power, Trumystic have either proven they're one of the most intuitive sound systems/session bands on the planet or they've morphed into a band with Kirsty Rock as lead singer. Either way, things couldn't be better since this combination of sticky dub crew and operatic, sensual, downtown star results in an album that's instantly enticing but gives up more rewards with each listen. The lineup from 2002's Current Master is mostly back, as are the more jam band- and electronica-influenced moments, but the influence of the well-dressed, genre-busting, and deep bands like Brazilian Girls and Wax Poetic is also in effect along with a Pink Floyd-ish sprawl, most likely a hangover from the reggae gang's involvement in the Dub Side of the Moon project. A cool tech-sheen coats the rootsy grooves of "Alive," "End of the Day," and the wonderful "Foxy," but "Sa Dub" is the supreme mind-blower as the band slinks below Rock's ethereal delivery of a hymn. Dub master Mad Professor lends his hand, and while his work is the usual brilliance, Trumystic are in command and arguably his equal this time out. The lazy and loose bonus dub disc is a smoker's delight for the rootsman, and while it's authentic and welcome, it does live in the shadow of the superbly flowing and more rewarding first disc.

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