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Special Request (feat. Elliot Martin)

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“Special Request” features John Brown’s Body’s vocalist and longtime friend of the band, Elliot Martin. Like the water flowing on the third panel of the cover art, Martin's lyrics and vocal delivery provide much-needed nourishment and vitality to the barren landscape left by the previous track. Africano reflects on the urgency to record the bassline as soon as it came to his head while in a Philadelphia hotel room on tour in January. "As soon as I got the bassline down into Ableton, all I heard was (John Brown's Body drummer) Tommy Benedetti's unapologetic drumming and Elliot's vocals soaring over top of it all." He was able to get Martin's vocals remotely and enlisted the help of Jeff Franca to mimic Benedetti's militant style for what would be a harmonically simple tune with a lot of attitude.


Special request to the mountain
The man death resurrected by dub
Special request to the ocean
The water deep and the rhythm lift up
Vibration loaded, want no trouble
Peace to them always love
Eden the garden it growing
Because this by demand popular
Shown In a vision
Now we a call
Move with the reflex
Know we return
Warrior we need no resist at all
Jump in the fire the blaze it no burn

Special request and by popular demand
We come again in a style hear me now
Special request and by popular demand
The version official in a style

It’s on the wire
All free radical run the session now ride on
It another scorcher
May It not go to waste
Play all the while
All we now link up and we rave It like Iron
Let it carry higher
One heart one glory
We the many

Pressure they test on the border
Smash up we teach them this special better
Special request to the mother
Reunite we cannot fight our Maker
Reaching the height heartical my brother
Mission the I take over
Evil not walking among them
Must get a beating you bound down below
Shout out all region
Uptown and down
Due to them respect they always secure
Keep on the run don’t want to be prisoner
Special out of Jamdown will be your reward

Special request and by popular demand
We come again in a style hear me now
Special request and by popular demand
The version official in a style

Pure dubwise tonight
Crucial hear me cry
A bit of kung fu riddim in a slow motion
Left and a right we come with dynamite
Roots on the wire
Automatic drum and the bass on the steppers
No they cannot capture
We coming live and direct
Play them a bubble iya
Rock and come on to the dance any weather
Get it if you try
Throw down your arms and sing


released September 4, 2020
Produced by Dan Africano

Dan Africano - Electric Bass
Scott Flynn - Trombone
Drew Sayers - Tenor Saxophone
Ryan Jalbert - Electric Guitar
Mike Tallman - Electric Guitar
Jeff Franca - Drums
Wylie Jones - Acoustic Piano
Elliot Martin - Vocals

Tracking Engineer - Josh Fairman
Color Red Studios

Mixing Engineer - Dan Africano
La Casita Azul

Mastering Engineer - Doug Krebs
Doug Krebs Mastering


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Death by Dub Denver, Colorado

Drawing influence from dub-heavy producers Lee Perry and King Tubby and iconic reggae instrumentalists Tommy McCook and Rico Rodriguez, Dan Africano and Scott Flynn have formed a group in reverence of these pioneering artists. They have recruited a roster of musical collaborators with an equal passion for dub and reggae to create and to showcase the music they have grown to love. ... more

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