Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom, 'Duppy Writer' (Big Dada)

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Duppy Writer
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by Mosi Reeves

South London producer Wrongtom (who's also the DJ/remixer for bloke-ish dance punks Hard-Fi) has a refreshingly old-school take on contemporary dub, eschewing trendy dubstep gimmicks for deeper touchstones Lee Perry and Sly & Robbie. On Duppy Writer, he drops shuffling riddims ("Worl' a Mine") that give a fresh context to these reworkings of old Roots Manuva tracks (save for one new tune "Jah Warriors"). Shorn of its usual grime trappings, Manuva's deep, gruff lyricism sounds playfully inspired on catalog highlights like "Proper Tings Juggled."

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