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Cultural Roots Showcase

by Twilight Circus

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It's a measure of his growing influence in the reggae world that producer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Moore is able to draw such an impressive roster of vocal talent into the studio for his excursions in modern roots reggae. Having already demonstrated his mettle as a one-man band in the instrumental dub genre, in recent years he has been in increasing demand as a producer, and he combines both functions on this fine collection of recently recorded tracks. It features seven songs by five vocalists: Michael Rose, Admiral Tibett, Ranking Joe, Prince Alla, and Mikey General. All are presented in "showcase" style, the regular vocal mix segueing without pause into an extended dub version. On some tracks Moore plays most or all instruments; others feature such A-list session players as Sly Dunbar, Style Scott, Dean Fraser and Skully Simpson (even Twinkle Brothers frontman Norman Grant makes a cameo appearance on one song). The stylistic variety between the singers nicely counterbalances Moore's distinctive production style -- there's a lot of space between Ranking Joe's declamatory singjay, Admiral Tibett's conscious crooning, and the more stentorian imprecations of Prince Alla and Michael Rose. But all of them sound natural and relaxed in the context of Moore's rhythms, and the dub mixes are brilliant. Very highly recommended. by Rick Anderson - All music


released May 12, 2007

Produced And Mixed By Ryan Moore

A Twilight Circus Production

Drums – Style Scott
Guitar – Chinna Smith
Keyboards – Bowie McLachlan
Percussion – Skully Simms
Saxophone – Dean Fraser
Trombone – Nambo
Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Guitar– Ryan Moore

Recorded in London, Kingston Jamaica & Studio Twilight - NL


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Twilight Circus UK

'Wrestles with history's titans & leaves the ring commanding 'nuff respect' - SPIN Mag / Jeff Chang

'Among the best of any current reggae producers in the World' - Tape Op Mag / Larry Crane

".. the heaviest original dub sounds on the planet!.. Twilight Circus is the top sound. ." - XLR8R / Frosty

"Ryan Moore is one of the few keeping the sound of modern dub alive.." - Mean Street / B. Phillips
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