Sly and Robbie Meet Nils Petter Molvaer

"Nordub"

(Okeh); Jazz

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, the undisputed world champion reggae rhythm section, team up with crack Norwegian future jazz trumpeter, Nils Petter Molvaer, on this tremendous collectionof ear-ticklingly inventive soundscapes.

The kind of music that you imagine The Bridge’s Detective Saga Noren might put on after a long day’s serial killer catching, Nordub is exactly what its title suggests – dub flavoured Nordic atmospherics that twitch unsettlingly across an endless, chilled and chilling sonic platform.

Coming along for the genre crossing ride, are Eivind Aarset on guitars and Vladislav Delay on electronics, and the result of this communion of dissimilar but like-minded musicians is both intriguing and majestic.

Creating a sound world together that is quite strange and totally compelling, this gathering is a marvellous example of the end product guiding the creative forces, with the quest for mood overriding any clambering for appreciation of virtuosity.

Sly and Robbie coil around each other like snakes in the snow, Molvaer exhales gorgeous dragon’s breath trumpet lines, while Aarset and Delay quietly sketch in the shades.

Full of circling riffs, soaring note clusters and hypnotic rhythmic pulses, Nordub is a genuinely transporting listen that takes the listener across a mountain range of high points.

Dreamlike.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.