(Jahtari, London / Leipzig)
One night in 2011 King Midas Sound's Roger Robinson returned to Brixton from touring and inadvertently walked into the centre of the London riots. Through the flames and smoke he felt compelled to tell the stories of the people he saw rioting on the street that night.
With disrupt's dub soundtrack highlighting the triumphs and tribulations in the lives of the people of Brixton, Roger's 2015 concept album "Dis Side Ah Town" unfolds like a documentary film, extending from the epicenter of the riots and rippling out from there.
Roger showcases all his poetry and singing styles over the sonic tower blocks and underground caverns of disrupt's dub soundscapes, evoking the golden era of dub poetry of the likes of Prince Far I, Big Youth and Linton Kwesi Johnson - a time when dub poetry made you dance in the club but also made you think on the way home.
Done with lots of voltage, old school samplers, DIY synths, home made delays, dictaphones and even onboard computer mics this gritty disc will take you straight to Brixton's streets.
Early in 2017 Jahtari will release Roger's new mixtape in which the poet and his producer are returning with a reel full of new tales about survival in a "Dog Heart City". These stories are trying to make the invisible lives visible: giving people affected by gentrification, racism, unemployment and low wage work a sense of authority and aesthetic nobility.
Each song on this tape became a story in that city, while the tape itself is like the city holding these stories.
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