Message Music: Augustus Pablo's Digital Productions 1986-1994) (Pressure Sounds 71)
In the 70s Augustus Pablo seemed to just appear, like a vision from another world. His music was ethereal, evocative, and deeply meditative, conjuring up all sorts of mystical and exotic images imbued with the dignity inherent in his Rastafarian faith. He now stands recognized as Jamaican music's best-known lead instrumentalist. 'Message Music' hones in on Pablo's instrumentals and dubs from the mid-80s to the 90s, as Pressure Sounds recognized the time for a re-examination of this slightly overlooked period of musical output. The drum machines that Pablo was using at this time still come with all the heavyweight bass lines that he employed back in the 1970s, and his digital productions were often accompanied by heavy use of percussion and hand drums to keep the music 'organic' and add to the feel of this spiritual music. An essential album for fans of Augustus Pablo and roots music in general, on double vinyl / single CD.