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Richard Dorfmeister presents A Different Drummer Selection


Richard Dorfmeister presents A Different Drummer Selection


Different Drummer Records

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Richard Dorfmeister presents…A Different Drummer Selection CD coverFor it's 10 year anniversary, Different Drummer let Richard Dorfmeister (best known for his work with Kruder, but also a member of Tosca) choose a label sampler of primo slabs of the best dub and reggae groove inspired songs from the Different Drummer back catalog. And for the most part Dorfmeister does a stellar job.

Things start out strong with the multi layered soulful slab that is Imagination by Frankey Valley. You can't go wrong with an album opener like this funky nugget. London by International Observer is a prime slice of dub that could be straight off a Linton Kwesi Johnson album from the early 80s, but with that modern sound system sound. Liberation Dub by G-Corp has some great dub workout rhythms and horns. G-Corp's Murder keeps things fired up and mysterious. Miss Melody Wax by Painted Van could well be my favorite track on the disc with a tasty cache of samples. Verb Vendor by Phase 5 has more of an electro rhythm to liven up the proceedings. Vale by International Observer is hidden away as track 12 (the last track before the short Outro) but it's a mighty fine piece of music with some wonderful plucked electronic piano notes, so deficiently stick it out to the end for the mellow tip.

For me things only sidestep with Watch What You Put Inna... by Overproof Soundsystem and The Only Redeemer by Noiseshaper which are a little too typical for the sounds herein. Other than those miscues, I think Dorfmeister did a great job mining the Different Drummer library. There's nothing too challenging or cutting edge here, but I was definitely wishing I could be mellowing out in a club with these tunes throbbing from some speakers. If you like groups like Fila Brazilia, Tosca, Thievery Corporation, or Jazzanova, and love Kruder & Dorfmeister, but you are finding yourself in a pinch money-wise, do yourself a favor and check out A Different Drummer Selection.

---Patrick, June 3, 2003