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Pama International

Love Filled Dub Band


February 27th, 2008 · post by jas · Make a comment

Record label: Rockers Revolt

Pama International know how to do a good job finishing an album, there’s no doubt about it. This is no exception, a pleasure to listen to. Produced to incredible standard giving the reggae-dub-ska infusion a fully rounded sound, this long-running collective pelts out a bunch of chilled out melodies.

Around for a while now, Pama show no intention of slowing down on their mission to make their own great music while catalysing the UK roots reggae and dub scene into something much more exciting than it would otherwise be.

This CD is released on their own label ‘Rockers Revolt’, sharing a name with their very own club night which has seen performers such as Aggrolites, Don Letts and Easy All-Stars.

Female vocals on ‘Wherever You Lead’ bring a different dimension to the sound, and as the song develops and weird sounds and reverb kicks in the CD is off to a brilliant start.

Parts of ‘Lovely Wife’ are reminiscent of Rx Bandits dub side-project Satori who Sean has previously helped to book, but Pama are much more adventurous with weird noises to include with some ‘space-age’ sounding noises bouncing around.

‘Highrise’ is a social commentary on the state of the nation with violence on the streets, and is very real in its lyrics and really hits home.

This year promises to be another exciting and active one for Pama, with a tour coming up, an appearance at Glastonbury scheduled, and a huge ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ event at the Koko in London, featuring Rebelation and Crunch! among many others. With a hectic schedule like that, it’s would be criminal not to catch the band live at some point.

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