Ticklah’s Brew of Musical Dub Mastery
It’s almost 2009 so it’s time to think of the best of the last year I guess. Well I’m not going to do it. I’m going to mention one of my favorite releases of 2007. Ticklah’s Ticklah Vs. Axelrod on Easy Star Records is a nearly flawless musical slice of punchy dub mastery.
He’s also released 2 45’s which you vinyl collectors might find very interesting. One features Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings while the other is a cut from the album we’re talking about. Both are worth the time to pick up if you can.
Check out this little piece on the magic of the album and be sure to read the full release after the blurb.
Dub Re-Imagined: Musical Alchemy from Brooklyn’s Ticklah
A battle wages in an underground Brooklyn studio. It’s a war against mediocrity, an epic sound clash. The entire struggle is taking place inside the head of one man: Victor Axelrod a.k.a. Ticklah. The fruits of the brawl can be heard on Ticklah Vs. Axelrod, released September 18, 2007 on Easy Star Records, the same outfit that brought us Dub Side of the Moon and Radiodread. The album is roots reggae steeped in Ethiopian melodies, salsa, and ska, dripping with trippy dub production.
Even if you haven’t heard his name, you’ve probably heard Axelrod’s contributions to dozens of familiar projects. As a co-producer (and the keyboardist) of Dub Side of the Moon, he helped craft one of the best selling reggae albums of the decade. As a key member of the Afrobeat collective Antibalas, and as an original member of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Axelrod is known for nailing grooves and then dancing around them in jaw-dropping capacity.