Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Tribe Of Issachar - Tribal Natty
Tribe Of Issachar - Tribal Natty (Original Dub Plate) (Congo Natty, 1997)
Today Big Dada announced a new album by Congo Natty AKA Rebel MC entitled Jungle Revolution, produced by dub legend Adrian Sherwood. Michael West first appeared on the map in 1989 alongside Double Trouble with the hit singles 'Just Keep Rockin' and 'Street Tuff'. I didn't hear of him though until 1991 when 'Tribal Base' appeared on Top Of The Pops. Fusing Barrington Levy's 'Here I Come' with Enya's 'Orinoco Flow' and a breakbeat from 'Don't Change Your Love' by Five Stairsteps alongside vocals from Rebel MC and Tenor Fly, it was a catchy and energetic track that hit the UK Top 20.
In 1995 Rebel MC launched his Congo Natty label and I bought a number of their 12"s from around 1997 to 1999. One of the first I got hold of was 'Tribal Natty' which is essentially a remix of 'Tribal Base' in the late nineties jungle style minus Rebel MC and Tenor Fly's vocals. The 'Original Dub Plate' mix opens with the riddim from 'Drum Song' by Jackie Mitoo before a "Hey soundbwoy over deh so you me ah talk to you now" vocal sample brings in a hefty two-step beat over the top. The track then uses portions of Super Cat's intro vocals from 'Tribal Base' ("Roots and culture", "Watch me, watch me, watch me", etc.) before deploying its lively jump-up style bassline and Barrington Levy's "Broader than Broadway" vocals. A typically rough and ready cut from Congo Natty who were one of the few labels keeping the ragga jungle style alive in the late 90s and 00s.
With the original jungle sound recently making a comeback it's good to see Congo Natty getting more widespread recognition. Big Dada have made 'UK Allstars (Congo Natty meets Benny Page Radio Edit)' available for free download for a limited period. It features a who's who of British sound system culture with Daddy Freddy, Tippa Irie, General Levy, Top Cat, Tenor Fly and Sweetie Irie all appearing. Grab it while you can and check the Jungle Revolution album when it drops on June 17th.