Finally a new update on all things 2016 .. apart from some great shows this year has been mainly about getting a new album together, scheduled for release early next year. We have only just mastered it so it would not be possible to release anything this side of Christmas. We were really aiming for a release this year but events conspired to bring delay, it just gave us a bit more time to get it right. I think it will be worth the wait ..
The new record will be called ‘Dread Times’, a 12 track album that represents a step forward for Dreadzone. Produced by myself it features new blood this time with newest member Bazil who brings an edge to the sonic process and deeper involvement from my son Marlon expanding our musical pallete further on keyboards and more. Alongside Leo, Chris with Earl 16 and Spee on vocals it has Don Letts returning with some lyrical contributions, plus Lena Cullen again on one track and 90s ragga duo Louchie Lou and Michie One guesting on another . Recorded mainly at Mick Jones Bunker Studio again, where he was a constant presence, it was then shaped at Dread Central, with further work at Bazils ,then mixed down as usual by fellow founder member Tim Bran , all in all classic dread with an updated edge. Mastered by our usual man Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering with our favourite artist Glass Siren once again supplying some great artwork.
Without giving too much away the old skool dread sound comes to the surface more and digs much deeper into our dub and reggae roots. We are already trying out one of them on this current tour and will add more as we go on. Further info is here on our new website which just went up http://www.dreadzone.com . Live shows this year have been up to the usual standard as festivals like Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Belladrum Watchet and VW festival made the summer months special.
After the summer myself and Leo took time out with Don Letts to do a one off collaboration in September with Akala at the Afro Punk festival at Alexandra Palace – called Word Sound and Power and billed as BAD/Dreadzone riddim Section with Don Letts and Akala – it was a dub punk hip hop mashup that took us out of Dread comfort Zone and into some new areas. Great experience. Right now we are concentrating on the current UK tour which goes through to December, warming up for another busy year next year which will bring more Dread Times upon us
Peace and Dub Greg x