Given the amount of sirens, original styles, bomboclats, pows and ya’mans peppered throughout the mix, Liège-based Atomic Spliff could just as well have recorded it from the depth of a smoked-out Brixton basement. Taking their cues from the roots of ragamuffin, Atomic Spliff recently released their latest album in March, “Ras Attack”, which comes complete with an illustrated comic book by the band’s two lead singers. Expect an hour of hilarious rub-a-dub, massive melodies and some really good vibes. And don’t forget: “Personne, ne peux stopper les ragamuffins!” Booyakasha bredren, booyakasha.
Can you describe the mix in a few words?
This mix was selected by our selecta T Bo for Atomic Spliff. It contains some new tracks from our new album “Ras Attack” that was released in March 2015. This project is bathed in rub-a-dub influences. Frontmen Daddy Cookiz and Stoneman wanted to go back to the roots of ragamuffin with a touch of digital reggae. This album features P.Nyne (JA), a young and prodigious artist evolving on the new roots Jamaica scene. You’ll catch him on the track “Nous c’est Rub’a’Dub”. This album has a resolute “back to the roots” vibe – veteran brass band Asham Band (BE) have come to add a touch of colour with their saxophones and trumpets. Nothing like a bit of brass to accompany a good old skank. Watch out for the massive melodica melody and other surprises concocted by the band! “Ras Attack” is first and foremost an album entirely dedicated to the rasta galaxy, and will be accompanied by a comic book made by our two singers. The tracks are mixed with exclusives special tracks and dubplates, a type of track that is used a lot in reggae music, and that’s actually a dedication or shoutout to other bands and sound systems.
Can you describe yourself and your sound in a few words?
Well, Atomic Spliff is a reggae band from Liège whose influences are very diverse: from roots reggae to raggamuffin, dancehall and rub-a-dub. We are part of a new reggae generation. Inspired by Jamaican music, we stay true to our own culture and sing about our own experiences. Armed with flowistic acrobatics and incredible melodies, we want to provide a generous serving of humour with a good spirit – albeit never shying away from denouncing the flaws of our world. Our live sound is authentic – insanely good vibes and a contagious energy. We’re mostly influenced by Jamaicans artists, specially the 90’ rub-a-dub DJ’s like Yellow Man, Buju Banton, Josey Wales, Super Cat, Michigan and Smiley…
How did you first getting into music? How does it fit into your life?
We start getting into this type of music through soundsystems and dancehall parties. More than ten years ago, the crew Atomic Spliff Soundsystem was started by MC Stoneman and Mr Regulah. They were mixing some music, mostly reggae and dancehall. After several years, the crew meets Daddy Cookiz, who became an MC together with Stoneman. They wrote their own lyrics on different reggae versions and sang it during parties while the selecta was spinning some 12″ records. After a few years we released our first mixtape, the “Piratomixtape”. Then we started to gather a live band. After a lot of crazy live shows, we decided to enter a studio with the band and record a new album: “Ras Attack”.
Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?
The mix is done with only new tracks from Atomic Spliff. It is loaded with tunes from the new album and with some exclusive tracks we recorded these last months. It is also cutted by different dubplates by Jamaican artists like Sizzla Kalonji, Wayne Smith and Kabaka Pyramid. And there’s also an exclusive dubplate from Mellow Mood, an Italian reggae band, thrown in somewhere. The mix was done in a juggling style with some full songs but also some short-cuts and effects. Most of the tracks are from the new album, and this mix want you to enter in the intergalactic world of Atomic Spliff and the Ras attack invasion!
Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?
All the tracks, except the few dublates, are from us and mostly from the new album. So they are all exclusives.
When and where did you record it?
It was recorded by Selekta T Bo, a member of the large Atomic Spliff crew and a great reggae selecta. He recorded the mix in his studio in Tournai.
What’s your favourite track on the mix?
I love them all but my favorite is “Nous c’est Rub’A’Dub”, a track recorded with a great singer from Jamaïca, P Nyne. This track was done in the spirit of the rub’a’dub and the old school reggae groove. If you listen to it you will feel the good vibration and the positivity of our music and all the spirit that we put on it. It is also great to have a connection from artists from so far but in the same philosophy and levity than us. This is a reggae connection!
What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?
My last favourites albums are Protoje – The 8 year affair, Chronnix – Dread and terrible and the EP from Mister Williamz – Set the standard. They are three real good artists because of the rich lyrics, the original way they sing and the good choice of riddims.
What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?
We have a lot of live shows coming these next weeks, with great concerts at important festivals like Esperanza, Dour Festival, les Ardentes and international festivals like Rototom festival in Spain and One Love Festival in England. You can find all our releases and our live agenda on our facebook page, our twitter and our website