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Jahtarian Dubbers, Vol. 3

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As the Jahtari label grew, their original idea of 8-bit chiptune reggae changed from the rule to a jumping-off point, but 2012's Jahtarian Dubbers, Vol. 3 still offers that unique style, one where dancehall players and space invaders can party in harmony. House singer Mikey Murka is still a soulful asset to the crew on his opening chiptune-and-roots "Sweeter," while Mungo's Hi-Fi return with "Nah Lef Africa," a hot-stepping bit of culture that only sounds Atari in its simple boomy bassline. Still, it fits next to Disrupt's button-mashing "Asteroid Dub Force" and Ranking Levy's "Mad Man Style," a true ragga cut that's lean and loud enough to have fallen out of 1983. Longtime left-field reggae fanatics should jump right to Rootah's remix of Lee Perry's "Secret Laboratory," a classic Adrian Sherwood production that now bleeps like a busy Pachinko machine while its bassline turns out woofers. Crafted with equal love and humor, Jahtari releases are always an acquired taste but they're not throwaway jokes, meaning Jahtarian Dubbers, Vol. 3 is something to return to, rewarding the listener any time that Marley-meets-Megaman style is desired.

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