Phil Pratt & The Revolutionaries - War Is On Dub Style
Phil Pratt is known as an unheralded, yet important producer in the world of dub reggae for his achievements marrying the Jamaican and English styles of reggae.
He came up in Jamaica during the rocksteady period cutting a few rare singles for Caltone while also working at Studio One with Cosxone Dodd. He also began producing at Caltone recording with Lynn Taitt’s band while recording a young Horace Andy. In the 70’s he would have pretty big hits with "My Heart Is Gone" by John Holt, Dennis Brown's "Let Love In" and Pat Kelly's "How Long."
By the early 80’s, he relocated to London and begin working and producing at Easy Street Studios; fast becoming a hotbed for Jamaican expats working with traditional reggae sounds and techniques. Pratt brought over some of his basic tracks working with the Revolutionaries recorded with Joe Gibbs, and put together War Is On Dub Style with mixing by a more rock oriented engineer, Stuart Breed. Pratt was able to harness a true Jamaican sound at Easy Street by not only working with his basic Jamaican tracks, but by also changing the English voltage to Jamaican output by using a special transformer. According to Pratt, “the voltage was the secret to the sound.” The LP was remixed several times to achieve the sound Pratt was seeking. It sold well in England and nicely walks the line of prime Jamaican dub with some of the more experimental motives of UK producer Adrian Sherwood and his On-U Sound label. It features some very deep rhythms, plenty of reverb and echo with instrumentalists Sly & Robbie, Bobby Kalphat, Lloyd Parks and Lloyd Willis.
Until now, War Is On Dub Style has never been reissued. Leave it to the always amazing Pressure Sounds to do it right. (Dom)
Check out a track here.