June 2014 - A lot has already been said in
the Dubroom's reviews of Sound System Vocals
Parts One and
Two, that can
easily be repeated in this review of part
three. More than excellent material, whether
you're a producer or selector or DJ or in
need for authentic Reggae vocals for some
other reason. Pay 250 Euros or more when you
want to release a single track or pay a
fraction of that and get material for loads
of tracks. In this case, by none other than Dennis
haven't read the reviews of Sound System
Vocals Parts One
please do so now.
It will definitely introduce you to a high
level of opportunities which you can hear
and get for yourself and your productions.
Then, when you've arrived here, you will
want to listen to this mini discomix
featuring Dennis Alcapone material from
Sound System Vocals Part Three.
is another track. It's a different version
of the same riddim used for Horseman's track
presented in the Review of Sound System
Vocals Part One.
the time this is written (June 27 2014),
that's what the Dubroom released with Dennis
Alcapone's voice. Not speaking about several
chapters of Radio
Dubroom, so that aside. When you read
this review at a much later date, chance are
you'll find more by clicking here.
It's the best way of getting an idea, at
least for producers.
here we have part three. And we're still
waiting for part four. Why? Simple: after
purchasing this episode with Dennis
Alcapone, like we did here in the Dubroom,
that's about all that makes you feel lacking
a thing. Together with the excellent first
two parts featuring Horseman, Dennis
Alcapone brings that other vibe, a more
melodic and higher pitched voice that makes
you think about the times when he started,
back in the 1960's/early 1970's as a protégée
of none other than U Roy himself. Still, it
can be used in contemporary Roots Reggae
productions as we hope to have shown and
other styles will also capture Dennis
Alcapone's voice with a high quality
production as a result.
different vocal lines: delivered in three
folders. One has them all dry, the second carries reverb while the third has an
echo... err delay. This is different than
the Horseman parts, which only has two
options: effected or dry.
Horseman's voice is raw and heavyweight,
Dennis Alcapone brings melody. We've tried
it: you can use his vocals in different
tempos and chord progressions when you take
your time and find that one spot in the
rhythm where you can place it. Try to spot
the "We Gonna Rock This Musical
Beat" in the mini Discomix and you'll
know. Because there is a much larger variety
in the lyrics themselves, the 315 sounds in
this package can arguably deliver you more
lyrical tracks than the 500 provided by
Horseman. But then, this obviously depends
on what it is exactly you want to do with
you know what you want to do, purchasing all
three parts will provide you with some of
the highest quality material you can think
of. The harder you work, the more the hard
work of Dennis Alcapone, Horseman and Prince
Fatty who skillfully recorded everything
with analogue old skool material before
putting it into the 24 Bit samples rewards
your music or DJ set. That's just a fact.
not think that this is all about an instant
thrill. It's not. Horseman has been working
since the 1980's, and Dennis Alcapone even
longer than a decade more than that. Working
hard and therefore building skill. Skillful
vocals just need a skillful riddim. Just
like a voice not singing in the right key
can ruin a good musical track, so it can be
done otherwise. So there's a little warning.
This is material you have to treat in a
serious way, because the people who produced
it have spent decades coming to the point
wherein they could create such a wonderful
product in the first place. Do not think
that just adding a few vocals here and there
will give that crucial tune. It won't. You
can imagine what it will do, though...
all Dubroom productions carrying the works
of Horseman and/or Dennis Alcapone to be
unofficial promo's for the Sound System
Vocals series by DubDrops.
Yes, they are completely free and legal
musical works representing the current state
of the Dubroom Studio and musical phase of
yours truly and can hopefully enjoyed by
those that will never read this review
because they just love (DUB) Reggae Music:
the audience, the ones for who ultimately
all of we do it. But the music is also
partly the result of purchasing the series,
for which we make no apology.
are serious about your own productions, your
own development, when you have that respect
you need in order to unload a fuller
potential than a first sight might reveal,
give it a shot and buy one, two or three
parts. Or when you read this much later than
July 27 2014, you can click here
to discover more music produced with the
help of Horseman and Dennis Alcapone.
Whatever the case, you know who you are and
you know what to do, don't you?