Music Review: Paul St. Hilaire – Nah Ina It EP

Paul St. Hilaire Nah Ina It

Genre: Dubtechno / Chiptune Dub / Reggae / Rub-A-Dub

Region: Leipzig, Germany

Artists’ Website: Jahtari / Tikiman

Label: Jahtari

Release Date: September 26, 2013

Nah Ina It is the product of collaboration between Paul St. Hilaire (aka Tikiman) and the Jahtari crew and it is one of the most versatile outputs of the label: it compresses a Rhythm & Sound-esque spaced-out epic, straightforward reggae, muddy rub-a-dub and dubwise meditative chanting in a 16 minute long 12”. However, all this is performed with enough Jahtarian eccentricity to stand out.

The title track faithfully reconstructs the Rhythm & Sound’s transcendental ambiance with the foundation riddim blanketed by dubtechno bleeps – it sounds like the lost, albeit rougher, See Mi Yah cut. It is not a accidental turn; it deliberately reflects the long-standing collaboration of Paul St. Hilaire with the German visionary production duo ((Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus). Here, Tikiman’s gruff chatting challenges the dominant Babylonian percepts until Raggamuffin Alex takes the scepter and pushes the message further with singjay skills and some extra driving percussions.

The B Side delivers different flavours. “Who Goes There” is a potent floorfiller with Tiki singing and Jahtari Riddim Force unleashing their signature thick bass and amiga sounds to the world. “One O’Clock Rock” sees Tikiman lacing a rub-a-dub track with his jugged murmurs just before he showcases his most melodious silky tones in the EP’s closer. Both lyrically and musically “Love Jah Now” is a spiritual chariot brimful of all-encompassing love as Paul St. Hilaire enters Jahtari’s cranky dub universe. At the same it is a tribute to foundation roots dub with a vibe approximating legendary productions by Lee Perry, the Aggrovators and August Pablo. The amazing layout by Kiki Hitomi also deserves a mention.

Review by DJ Life Fabrik

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Dubwise at Freegan Kolektiva:

  1. Dreadsquad ft. Everton Chambers – Better World 7″
  2. Mr. Williamz – Dancehall Hobby EP
  3. Various Artists – Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 3
  4. Various Artists – Strictly Analog Dub
  5. Kenny Knots, Speng Bond, Part2Style – Tann Up Solid EP

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