The collaboration between London, Romania and New York – Lil Obeah & Friends – Dub Is Jazz produced by Marius Costache

“My relationship with Jazz is a long story. Jazz and dub are the foundation of innovative music from my perspective. To prove this, I can only make a small list of artists that I can call masters of dub-jazz: Sly & Robbie Meets Nils Petter Molvaer + Eivind Aarset & Vladislav Delay, Nick Page’s Dub Colossus that combines Ethiopian jazz and music Azmari with Jamaican Dub, Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio, Hamid Drake & Bindu, Bill Laswell who remixed both Bob Marley and Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock who covered Marley and has a lot of records produced de Laswell in the spirit of Dub hip-hop, Dennis Bovell who produced The Pop Group and Fela Kuti, Jah Wobble and Invaders of the Heart and Jamaican legends who played at jazz festivals around the world such as Monty Alexander and Ernest Ranglin.

I must also mention the innovators from New Zealand, Europe and the UK such as Salmonella Dub, Mei Tei Sho, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Sons of Kemet, Nubiyan Twist, Joe Armon-Jones and the American trumpeter Theo Crooker, who released records with Chronixx and Wyclef Jean. Most have at least one dub jazz album, if not many songs where the philosophy of jazz collides with the art and science of dub.

I feel so blessed to add a dub jazz version in our catalog with the help of these amazing friends: Marius Costache, Horseman, Gordon Wedderburn, DJ Isuru and Shabbos Ranks. At the local level it is an honor to work with the members of the Jam Circle jazz community: Adi Stoenescu, Laura Benedek, Michael Acker and Alexandru Arcus plus from Timișoara Jazzybit Mihai Moldoveanu. More dub and more jazz!”, Obeah.

Marius Costache is a musical artist, studio engineer and music producer from Bucharest. His passion for sound transcends the thin line of musical genres and steps into the world where sonic laws are meant to be only an example, not a path.

He is Discordless, performed with Environments and Febra, and from Studio148 produced, mixed and recorded ambient, electronic, hip-hop, post-rock, noise, folk, classical, jazz, post-hardcore and Balinese sounds for bands and artists such as Goran Bregovic with Florin Salam, Mytrip aka Angel Simitchiev, Valerinne, Cyberian, White Walls, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, EMIL, COMA and released his music on his own record labels such as 148, asiluum, but also international dunk!records and our Bulgarian neighbors AMEK.

After ten years of making eclectic music, Lil Obeah from Transylvania has switched to dub fusion. When it comes to his sound, he defines it as duppy dub from a parallel universe – The Shape of Dub to Come dimension.

He works with music industry professionals, from Bucharest producer Marius Costache of Studio148 to international stars such as Nick Dubulah of Dub Colossus, Transglobal Underground, Dreadsquad, Shabbos Ranks, Time and Extra Kool. His remixes are for local artists, but also international names such as Transglobal Underground, Dub Pistols, Dubmatix, Prince Fatty and experimental artists such as Xqui and David Ness.

His roots Lil Obeah are a very eclectic batch of bands and artists, including his own projects Crowd Control, The Shape of Moombhaton and Tunesinaourheads. It draws inspiration from the strangest Romanian sounds, from authentic, experimental local dub to traditional reggae-dub with ska and folk-rock influences, music and records released near the Black Sea from the communist past to the post-pandemic present.

The artist considers Dub music as sound art and aims to create an imaginary Romanian horror movie soundtrack with his songs and remixes.

“Dub is not far from jazz. King Tubby was obsessed with jazz as was Lee Scratch Perry, and most of the musicians in their studios are jazz fans. I’m glad my brother taught me about Charlie Parker and Herbie Hancock. Nowadays we have Courtney Pine and every generation comes with something new and an attitude, so dub to me is almost like a technical form of jazz. That’s how I look at King Tubby, he was expressing his interpretation of music through dub, even if that wasn’t the original concept, it wasn’t the pattern. To me it was always like he was making jazz, even if it’s dub, because he was using the studio equipment to make textures, solos, breaks or whatever sounds.”, Paul SmykleIsland Records engineer, in an interview with David Katz.

A constant explorer Lil Obeah has a new album Lil Obeah in Jazz, in partnership with Wormhole World, a Lancashire not-for-profit record label. The album will be released next month in a limited edition of compact discs at a very low price. The album features Marius Costache from Studio148, Horseman, Cristiana Bucureci, Maria Irimia, DJ Isuru, Gordon Wedderburn, Celeste Cantor-Stephens, Sam Day Harmet, Adi Stoenescu, Laura Benedek, Michael Acker, Alexandru Arcus, Mihai Moldoveanu, Leon Lototchi, MC Illy B, Constanța Vlad Velcov, a composition by Iordache with lyrics by Florin Dumitrescu and a melody by Edi Neumann originally from the Timisoara band Blazzaj.

Collages by Cristiana Bucureci

All Lil Obeah vocals were recorded by Marius Costache at Studio148
Special thanks to Nick Page Dubulah aka Dub Colossus
Special thanks to Tim Wheelan and Hamid Mantu of Transglobal Underground
Special thanks to Rodion Ladislau Roșca aka Rodion GA
Mastered by Marius Costache at Studio148

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