The genesis of our new IR35 release started with the making of the IR33 Korogocho DUBuMentary & Grafitti Experience in Nairobi, Kenya. IR was inspired by circumstances found in the slum of Korogocho to create a mural, the making of which was documented by a local video crew.
In the editing room of African Aftermath Media , while overlaying dub sounds to the images of the Kenyan graffiti artists painting the IR mural, the IR crew started splicing together edits of our previously released tracks featuring Jamaican artists Sawandi & Jah9 and the dub mixing skills of Delroy ‘Fatta’ Pottinger . These sounds formed the basis of the soundtrack for the film. It also inspired us to revisit the different mixes to create a new dub that would further highlight Sawandi’s ethereal keyboards and the soaring vocals of Jah9. The fact that these tracks were focused on the brutal murder of the Brazilian Pataxo Indian, Galdino, and the subsequent amnesia that befell the Brazilian media about the case ever since, had IR thinking of a new way to retell the truth about Galdino. And so, the IR crew decided to make IR35.
A back and forth process began across the internet oceans between The Ghost and Tapedave. Tapedave using his editing skills and creative imagination to flow with the guidelines on drum and bass sounds being offered from The Ghost. The result is “Galdino: Dub: Transparente Remix” A dub track mixed at Anchor Studio in Kingston, Jamaica with real roots drumming from Rashaun “Black kush” McAnuff, an integral member of Jamaica’s Roots Uprising band laying the steady floor under which Sawandi’s ethereal keyboards float, lending a mystical vibe to compliment the searing lyrics written by Jah9 and Tapedave alongside commentary by Zumbi & Kokonda Dub.
In order to make certain the bass on the final mix would be rich and dub heavy, IR had to enlist the services of Kevin Metcalfe of Soundmasters in the UK you can reach Soundmasters at this link [ www.soundmasters.co.uk/”
to master the new remix and remaster the original Sawandi’s Defiance In The Shadows Mix. Kevin is one of the most sought after mastering engineers and for good reason; having cut his teeth on The Kinks and David Bowie albums for RCA and then mastered classic albums by folks like Dennis Brown, Lee Scratch Perry, Black Uhuru to The Clash, Dead Kennedys, Robert Plant and numerous Adrian Sherwood On U Sound records. In fact our favorite 10-inch vinyl “Keep On Dancing” by Bim Sherman & Dub Syndicate was mastered by Kevin Metcalfe. We wanted that same heavy drum and bass we’ve heard on massive soundsystems ; crisp, yet thundering. Kevin certainly didn’t disappoint! He brought out the bass beautifully, which then infused the IR35 mix with an extra energy.