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FTD2 | Released 2006 |
Yet with his first self produced album Unspecified, published 2003 on his label False Tuned, Paul St. Hilaire proved how profound and relaxed and at the same time vigorous and vibrant electronic roots reggae can sound nowadays beyond pure dub or classic band formats. It is this approach which he follows up forcefully on his new album A Divine State of Mindby refining and perfecting it. 'Check Some Dub Style', it says right in the beginning of the impulsive Little Song and gives a hint to St. Hilaire's mastership in using dub as a production method.
Reverb, echos and diverse sound effects have grown to musical modules here being able to let classic one-drop-riddims float in the air just as well to widen the space of electronic pulsative beat. You have guitarlicks and organ sounds, chased through palaces of echos, more conventional tunes like Black Moses or Jah Live Over The Hills, social-political comments (Fortunate Fortunate) and religious poetry (Praise;Jah Love), oscillating basses working on your speakers and many other sounds more, like fishes cavorting in the water.
The binding brace of all being St. Hilaire's sublime singing always leaving space for the listener's own associations. Electronic and analog instruments, song and track, singing and deejaying, roots and futurism merge on A Divine State of Mind and, rather atypical within the Reggae landscape, Paul St. Hilaire demonstrates again his skills of an allround musician: composer, singer, instrumentalist, and producer.
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