by Downtown Beat



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Downtown Beat is the new surprising solo project from David Arribas, a multi instrumental musician and part of the Spanish Reggae scene for over a decade. His particular signature has been sealed in bands like Hotdrop, Mood rakers, Soulvibes or Dub Rebels, he has also collaborated live and in studio with Emeterians, Mad Sensi, Amalgamah, Marlon Maga, Bass Culture Players....

Downtown Beat debuts with "Home", an album with ten tracks of Roots and Dub, that burst with freshness and natural flow, also brought from other friend musicians that contribute with their own energy on this project. Nine different voices and an Instrudub are in action in "Home", a smooth cocktail of pure jamaican sounds to be appreciated by all reggae lovers.

The majority of the album was recorded by David Arribas at SoulBeat Studio, analogically mixed by a reggae master Santiago Mijarra "Puppa Shan" in Discoinferno and mastered in London by Oscar Pablo "Ojah". The result is a solid sound with a twist of old school and modern vibes.

This album has powerful tracks like "Life is sharing", "Look at the moon" or "Life Ovah Death"; some steadier ones like "Walk on"; and Roots with "Go slow." Darker paths have been followed in "Just holding on", "Music heals" or "the Light". It also lets us discover the reasons for David Arribas to start this new project in "Medicine man."

Other musicians that have collaborated in Home are the drummer Carlos Bueno (Emeterians, Gregtown), Jonas Reguilon, Victor Aguilar, Marta Mansilla y Lila Feinsilber on brass section, Pablo Gonzalez on guitar solo in "Life is sharing" and Carolina Paterson on the violin in "Dub Ovah Violin." David Arribas plays the bass, guitar, keyboard, piano, drums and sings back vocals, and is the composer of the rhythms.

All the music is supported by the graphic design and photographs by Carlos Velasco and Fernando Fernandez Hevia, an artistic director well known in the Spanish reggae scene.

“Home” is edited under Creative Commons and Safe Creative license.

Downtown Beat - Home

1.- Life Is sharing
2.- Medicine Man
3.- Look At The Moon
4.- Life Ovah Death
5.- Just Holding On
6.- Walk On
7.- Go Slow
8.- Music Heals
9.- The Light
10.- Dub Ovah Violin

Mixed y produced by Puppa Shan y David Arribas @ Discoinferno (Madrid).
Mastered by Oscar Pablos "Ojah" @ Rollover Studios, London, UK.
Produced in Madrid, 2012.
Under Creative Commons 3.0. license Spain.


released November 5, 2012




Bass Culture Players Madrid, Spain

Bass Culture Players is a roots music project settled in Madrid (Spain). Puppa Shan leads this approach to the different music styles and culture rooted and developed in Jamaica and U.K. during the 70´s and 80´s.

Discoinferno Studio is where music production takes place, using analogical equipment and traditional techniques.

We will be updating with own productions and collaborative ones.
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