Thursday, 27 June 2013

Tribe Of Issachar - Fever

Tribe Of Issachar feat. Pete Bouncer - Fever (Defending Souljah) (Congo Natty, 1996)

Next week sees the release of Congo Natty's hotly anticipated Jungle Revolution album which is now available to stream over at Big Dada's Soundcloud page. Mixed by On-U Sound legend Adrian Sherwood and featuring a multitude of guest vocalists the record updates the Congo Natty sound while staying true to the roots of the music, expressing anger at what is going on in the world and spreading a message of love and unity. Full of big basslines and catchy hooks it is recommended to all junglists old and new.

To celebrate I'm taking a looking at 'Fever', one of Congo Natty's classic nineties tracks. Appropriately it opens with Method Man's "The revolution has now begun" line from his Capleton collaboration 'Wings Of The Morning' which is also sampled on 'Revolution' from the new album. This leads into the classic Easy Mo Bee beat from Craig Mack's 'Flava In Ya Ear' which is shortly joined by the Sandy break with occasional bursts of Funky Mule. Pete Bouncer's "The Original Fever" vocals are the cue for the introduction of a fat bassline, police sirens and the Cold Sweat break.

The vocals, which continue "Fever, Lord God man a Junglistic Fever" while also conveying love for all Souljahs, update the lyrics to Tenor Saw's 'Fever', the title track of the influential dancehall star's debut album from 1985. There are also a couple of samples from Public Enemy with Flava Flav's well used "Don't Believe The Hype" line and the voice from the beginning ("The future holds nothing but confrontation") and end (The enemy strikes black... Hardcore") of Apocalypse '91 opener 'Lost At Birth' which brings in a short section using the Do The Do break. Before the track comes to a close there are further Method Man lyrics from 'Wings Of The Morning': "Now, owwww, everybody, Get in where you fit in". While the Defending Souljah mix of the track is the best one it is also worth checking 'The Revolution Has Now Begun' version on the flip and the '98 mix.

If you're not familiar with Congo Natty's output you can stream or download this excellent discography spanning mix from Uncle Dugs which includes 'Fever' as well as many other classic tracks. You can preorder Jungle Revolution directly from the label. Tickets are still available for the LP Launch Party on July 4th at Dalston's Birthday venue, head over to Soundcrash for details.

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