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LP, WAV & MP3 AVAILABLE NOW / DUBQUAKE RECORDS 2020 / MIXED AND PRODUCED BY RICO OBF AT DUBQUAKE STUDIO FRANCE / VISUAL & GRAPHIC DESIGN BY LASKA
WITH NAZAMBA, CHARLIE P, KILLA P, IRAH, JAH MASON, TIPPA IRIE, SR WILSON, AZA LINEAGE, SHANTI D, BELÉN NATALÍ, BIGA*RANX, PUPA JIM, JOSEPH LALIBELA, DADDY FREDDY & JUNIOR ROY
O.B.F. finally return with their new album, “Signz”. During this time the crew hasn’t been idle. whether putting out 12” after 12”, touring or holding their legendary sound system sessions. The rhythm has been relentless, as the hardest working dub sound system in all France have been at the top of their game. Producing in their studio, organising their own nights, burning up dance floors, setting the internet ablaze: all part of a day’s work for this crew from the French outskirts of Geneva. Looking over the past six years, no one can deny their status as a major player in the worldwide dub scene.
Released in 2014, “Wild” was O.B.F.’s first foray into the album format. It brought together music built for the soundsystem, rugged, high-impact tracks that perfectly fitted the public image of O.B.F. during that era. This new album is a different story, a personal journey that takes in the dancehall, Rico’s studio, and everywhere in between. “Signz” was born two years ago, not with music, but with a concept and a name. The idea was to create an album without paying heed to time, allowing space for creativity and letting chance encounters shape the music. A project that would evolve over its lifetime, without being rushed. Letting the signs reveal themselves over time, and taking advantage of opportunities as they presented themselves, whether on tour, during recording sessions or when travelling. This approach, a relationship with the present moment and the feeling more simply known as the “vibe”, defines the album. But beyond that, it’s been the driving philosophy behind O.B.F. since they started making music.
A quick glance at the LP sleeve reveals a staggering list of collaborations, combinations that are as formidable as they are unprecedented. Jamaican, French, Spanish, English… vocalists and MCs from the four corners of the globe take turns in showing off their unique styles. Some are regular contributors to O.B.F. productions, whilst others are new collaborators, but all have deep, historical links to the crew. It’s here that O.B.F. unveils the full breadth and depth of their influences for the first time on record. Already known for their expertise as rubadub and heavyweight dub producers, here they show their talent working with roots, grime and even pop. It’s a testament to the free creative approach exercised by the crew during the recordings that no matter what style they’re working with, the result is always delivered with flair and finesse. It also speaks to O.B.F.’s desire to rip off, once and for all, the “European dub” label which so many have stuck to them. Here, O.B.F. stands for versatility, openness and daring.
O.B.F.’S IDENTITY AND STYLE HAS BEEN BUILT ACROSS THE GLOBE: FROM THE HEIGHTS OF ALPS TO THE BURNING SUN OF JAMAICA, BETWEEN HEADLINE PERFORMANCES AT SPANISH FESTIVALS AND SETS IN THE BARRIOS OF LATIN AMERICA OR THE DANCEHALLS OF LONDON. THEIR MUSIC IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER. BUT FOR THE DOUBTERS AMONG YOU, A SINGLE LISTEN TO “SIGNZ” WILL PROVIDE INDISPUTABLE PROOF OF THAT TRUTH.
MIXED & PRODUCED BY RICO O.B.F. RECORDED AT DUBQUAKE STUDIO VIDEO FILMED & EDIT BY TERRAL
PRODUCED BY RICO O.B.F. RECORDED AT KILLA P’S YARD MASTERED BY STROB GENEVA. DISTR. BY MODULOR. VIDEO DIRECTOR : ARNAUD GELARD. CAMERA : IVANO BARCELLONA. PRODUCTION: ROBERTO PELLEGRINO. ASSISTANT PRODUCTION: STÉPHANIE GAUTIER.
THANKS TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE MET WHO CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS THE FILMING OF THE MUSIC VIDEO. SPECIAL THX TO YOUNG CHOPPER / BIG CHAINZ / DOUGIE CONSCIOUS / DENIS ROOTIKAL..
Rico and G. started collecting music in the late 90’s from revival roots to uk dub style.
They then realised they need powerfull sound system to play their selections in Geneva and French underground venues. In the early 2000’s they decided to build their own sound system. Inspirated by the uk and Jamaican sound system, heavy bass scoops were build, to drop some heavy bass pressure, sharp mid and top range section to get the proper feeling of the reggae and dub music as it should be.
Influenced by different music, they developped their own style. O.B.F. had to be unique in the soundman business to go forward. They love roots reggae and world music but they also like the new digital stuff comin from everywhere. O.B.F. creates music with all kind of drum machine and synth, mixing roots rock reggae with new digital sounds. Their style brought a fresh breeze in the dub world, and finally they get the French Dub touch. Now a regular on the european reggae scene, O.B.F play to rock the nation and make people dance on conscious bass music. Have a look on their new label O.B.F record and Dubquake.
One brand new stage show available for 2019 ! O.B.F takes to the stage with a dream team of 3 MCs. After fifteen years spent in the soundsystem business, the most warrior sound of the french scene takes a new step forward. Well renowned for being one of the world top contemporary dub producers, O.B.F has now decided to create his first real stage show. This new explosive project wouldn’t have seen birth without the involvement off an international MC crew composed by some of the best singers and entertainers of the European dub soundsystem scene.
With Charlie P from UK, Sr Wilson from Spain and Shanti D from France on the mic O.B.F gathers his closest vocalists around common goals : to pay tribute to Jamaïcan music and rubadub, and to burn festival stages with big sub bass shots.
From Digital Reggae to Future Dub, Dub Stepper to Trap influences, the O.B.F & The A1 Crew show is announced as a true bass world excursion.
NO SHOW OF THIS KIND HAS BEEN SEEN ON STAGE TO DATE. BE READY FO THE O.B.F EXPERIENCE !
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