It A Go Dread

by Jah Warrior meets Naph-Tali

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In 1997 I was working hard on a whole heap of dubs for the Dub From The Heart album. I can honestly say that most of the time when I went in the studio I never had the intention of just making dub, I went to make reggae and we’d mix some dubs of the tracks. But this was specifically a project with a dub album as the goal. Sometimes I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do before going in the studio, other times I’d just see what happened. This track was one that just evolved from nowhere. I had a whole heap of vintage drum loops, which was a big thing at the time. Tunes like Starkey Banton’s “I & I Saw Them Coming” on Fashion label, The Truth project from Joey Jay & Soul II Soul’s Daddae Harvey plus quite a few other UK producers were using vintage loops and I incorporated the idea too, which gave the tunes a different feel combined with the new sounds we were using. On this particular day it just started with a drum loop, then I laid down the bassline and piano, followed by a flute melody.
Different artists used to pass through the studio and you never knew who could be present on any day, even if only for a short time. At some point during the building of the riddim Naph-Tali arrived at the studio. We hadn’t planned anything but he liked the vibe and we hadn’t done any music together for a while so I asked if he felt like adding a little vocal. He was into the idea and went into the voicing booth, then what came out was a simple little line based on Barry Brown’s tune “It A Go Dread” recorded for Prince Jammy. There was no full vocal, just the refrain heard on the finished release but it sounded wicked and added an extra ingredient to the tune.
Called It A Go Dread, the tune came out on Jah Warrior 7 inch in spring 1997 and a different mix appeared later that year on the Dub From The Heart album.

Recorded at Conscious Sounds, produced by Jah Warrior. Released on 7 inch in 1997

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released March 1, 1997

Drums, Keyboards: A Millgate
Bass, Keyboards: Steve Mosco

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Jah Warrior London, UK

Jah Warrior Records was founded in 1995 by producer and musician Steve Mosco. From day one the style was always roots reggae and dub. Influenced by Jamaican greats like King Tubby, Lee Perry & Augustus Pablo plus sound systems like Jah Shaka, Jah Warrior fuses vintage Jamaican Roots with today's UK Roots style which has influenced and attracted a massive audience worldwide. Tune in and enjoy! ... more

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