CD of the week: YES KING "Re-Record… Not Fade Away"
Written by Admin on March 13, 2013
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Production heavyweight Rhys Adams returns with his second LP Re-Record… Not Fade Away released on LOOP under the Yes King moniker. Produced entirely by Adams and A&R’d by Mark Rae, Re-Record… Not Fade Away, marks a coming of age for the seasoned studio head and a sonic departure from the outfit’s stonking 2008 debut Rock This World (co-produced by Mark Rae of Rae & Christian fame).
Borrowing its name from the strap line appearing in Scotch Video Tape’s 1980s TV adverts, Re-Record… Not Fade Away is both a metaphorical reference to the longevity of music produced with passion and a literal reference to Adams’ studio techniques – in particular his preference for recording live to a 1960’s 1/4 inch ferrograph tape machine, a process which Adams describes as ‘integral’ to the album’s sound providing a ‘unique and authentic’ feel with a firm nod to the Dub and Reggae traditions which permeate the album.
Featured artists provide a wealth of variety to the album’s underlying themes:
Guitarist for The Soothsayers, Patrick Hatchett plays on much of the album also co-writing several tracks becoming, in Adams’ words, “central to the Yes King sound”. Togo born singer Kodjovi Kush adds Afrobeat flavour to “One More Time” with a vocal performance which displays his musical journey to East London via Ghana, Israel and 90s Central London cultural hotspot, the Africa Centre.
Rock This World collaborators make a welcome return in the form of Kenny Knotts, a UK dancehall vocalist with a string of top ten hits to his name and rapper Mystro, a honorary Kiwi and seasoned veteran with a list of collaborations under his belt that reads like a who’s who of the UK scene.
All in all, a rich mix thrown in to the sonic melting pot via that all important tape machine mix down!
Always good to have a “Yes King” moment, and this is a good consistent LP, solid from start to finish… lovin’ it – Daddy G -Massive Attack