Dubwize Meets Confucius: To The Control Tower
By Reuben Keeling
Summer may have come a bit late this year, but now that it has arrived, it's time to enjoy all this great Kiwi summer music. And nothing says summer like of rhythmic sway of reggae music. 'To The Control Tower' brings together Christchurch acts Dubwize Soundsystem and DJ/producer Confucius, and the result is a deeply soulful and positive collection of roots reggae. Released through FMR, the album addresses the lack of pure Jamaican-style, Rasta-influenced roots music in NZ, as opposed to the dub-styles of TrinityRoots or Salmonella Dub. What's the difference? Well, just listen to the album and you'll pick up the more uplifting, affirmative, spiritual approach that this collaboration has. Aside from the message, the recording and production – done by Confucius at his Footnote studios in Christchurch – is so spot on, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was done somewhere in the Caribbean. Another brilliant example of how diverse our music scene has become.