David Last Vs. Zulu / David Last

Musically Massive

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The story behind this album is almost laughably unlikely: club music producer David Last was on vacation in Australia, putting some dancehall beats together and looking for a vocalist. A colleague directed him to Chicago-based dancehall singer Zulu, and Last sent him a track via e-mail. Zulu voiced it and sent it back. The result was so good that they made an entire album that way, which the honchos at Berlin-based label Staubgold subsequently heard, thus completing a geographically enormous triangle along which enough data eventually flowed to create this finished product, a tremendously entertaining fusion of dubstep, reggaeton, dancehall, electro, and pop that hits a high energy level from the very beginning and never really flags. The title may be somewhat ironic: although the impact of this music is pretty massive, its construction is often quite minimal. Check out the bare-bones Roland 909 accompaniment to the bouncing "Exhibition Virtue," or the even more minimalist "Ever Ready." In fact, when the sound thickens up the impact tends to fade a bit, as on the enjoyable but somewhat more pedestrian "Necessary Evils." But before you can register disappointment with those tracks, you'll be lifted out of your seat again by such top-notch fare as the energetically chugging "Caresss" or the fun combination track "Put Me on Your Guest List." If you want a sneak preview of what dancehall reggae is likely to sound like ten years from now, this may be as good a guess as any.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Zulu
03:41 Amazon
2
feat: Zulu
03:42 Amazon
3
feat: Zulu
05:43 Amazon
4
feat: Zulu
04:54 Amazon
5
feat: Zulu
03:03 Amazon
6
feat: Zulu
02:20 Amazon
7
feat: Zulu
03:26 Amazon
8
feat: Zulu
04:47 Amazon
9
feat: Zulu
03:42 Amazon
10
feat: Zulu
03:49 Amazon
11
feat: Zulu
05:52 Amazon
12
feat: Zulu
03:33 Amazon
13
feat: Zulu
03:49 Amazon
14
feat: Zulu
05:06 Amazon
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