JUNO DOWNLOAD REVIEW
If you don't understand why Dubmatix has been named 'Canada's dread at the controls' by none other than Don Letts, just look at the list of vocalists on board this project. Eek A Mouse, Horace Andy, Tenor Fly, U-Roy and Cornell Campbell. Did someone just say "legends"? Naturally, the beats back up the headline name-dropping. Stretching from the rugged dubsteppery of "Black Market Dub" to the more classical, dub positivity of tracks like "Free Up" and "She's In Love". This is a comprehensive picture of dub's many shades AND a great calling card for Canada's 'dread at the controls'.
RIDDIM MAGAZINE GERMANY
Dubmatix remains its powerful sound not only loyal, but even still puts up a gear. Instead Dancehall Lovers fun and comfort, seems Dubmatix - in the best rebel style - to want to take the world by impacting bass-waves strongly in the butt (which is exactly where everyone is entitled to determine for themselves). The music has something extremely Militant itself - even if Tenor Fly toasts from the showdown in the dancehall, there remains no doubt that Dubmatix with his fierce beat thinking of a different showdown. Horace Andy does not seem to have the weighty rhythm of his songs intuitively understood correctly, when he sings forcefully end of the world. It is unmistakable: "Rebel solid" is not "nice" - it is rather an in the truest sense of the word "staggering" album.
clash - chmr.ca 93.5fm CANADA
Thank you for yet another amazing stunner of an album. Astounding sounds every time you release! Gorgeous vibes for Canadian and international airwaves! A true pleasure!
Michael Kuelker KDHX
Rebel Massive is a brilliant album. Sonically it really hits the spot.
Bill Lupoletti - WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio
TITLE: Rebel Massive
LABEL: Echo Beach
More now than ever, Jamaican popular music is a producer’s art. Just as in today’s American pop, R&B and hip hop, the producer is generally responsible for the total sound, the beats, and often all the instruments as well. The songwriter (frequently the producer) contributes raw materials and the singer/rapper is the song’s recognizable face, but the producer is (as they say in the cinema world) the auteur. You can bemoan this trend if you want; more interesting to me is figuring out who excels at this mode of music production – and that’s not necessarily obvious. Based in Toronto, Dubmatix (his given name is Jesse King) is a virtuoso of 21st century Jamaican-style production, combining the classic roots reggae and dancehall sounds with dub treatments, an overlay of electronica, an underpinning of tropical bass and a cool roster of guest voices. For King’s roots sound, try tracks 2 and 9; for dancehall, try 1 and 11. Best of all is 5: this is what dubstep was supposed to sound like (you know, steppers riddim + dub) before it was hijacked by know-nothings. Here’s a pro tip for the JA music industry: hire this guy to produce your next session.
TOP TRACKS: 1 2 5 9 11
ALSO RECOMMENDED: 3 7 8 10
CULTURE DUB MAGAZINE
Dubmatix continues to push the boundaries of dub, brilliantly combining the traditional to more modern reggae sounds like dubstep and bass music. This is his trademark, and the first notes of the "Rebel Massive" have recognized the Dubmatix signature: a round, perfectly produced and that makes you want to dance!
The new album is still the unmistakable sound which somehow has a magic ... For me "Rebel Massive" the highlight album this year.
With "Rebel Massive"is Dubmatix, his path as one of the greatest reggae and Dub producers on the planet continues.
AFRO GUINEE MAGAZINE
This new album sees the Toronto native state more than ever his identity while flowing into hitherto unexplored territory, mixing reggae riddims such as the current electronica. All bearing his unique signature, recognizable now that did, in the space of ten years, a staple of the dub scene in France and Europe.
THE GROOVE THIEF
Dubmatix has just released Rebel Massive, a huge album loaded up with classic reggae influences and modern dub wizardry. That alone is impressive, but then the guest vocalists really shine: from legends like Eek-A-Mouse, U-Roy, and Horace Andy, to dnb standout Tenor Fly and the versatile Longfingah. Where to start…
Oh yes, the anthemic “Pull Up Selector” which comes fully-equipped with a fun and frenetic video:
Reviewed by Sadie O., 4/13/13
Excellent Reggae/Dub/Future Dub with top ranking guest vocalists. No bad tracks. All killer no filler!
The production is flawless, sounds great under codes of Jamaican music but with a very contemporary and original sound. Dubmatix not dropped into any kind of modernism. "Massive Rebel" is a delight for lovers of the genre that will make other music lovers can enjoy the fragrance developed by Dubmatix on top of his art. Very highly recommended.