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Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009

Eric Blowtorch and the Welders

Most Dangerous Man (Bopaganda!)

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Eric Blowtorch goes to admirable lengths to make his reggae authentic and biting. The veteran Milwaukee singer, instrumentalist and DJ dedicates his vinyl maxi-single to a doctor who works with Human Rights Watch (which will receive 10% of the record’s profits). For the occasion, he enlists such Jamaican talent as toaster Prince Jazzbo (whose rant organically follows Blowtorch’s original stern vocal) and trombonist Rico Rodriguez. Rodriguez and English saxophonist Brian Edwards collaborate on a scintillating dub version, rife with the kind of reverb and echoplexing so prominent on the B-sides of 45s on the Kingston labels that Blowtorch treasures. The single wraps up with a meditation on the nature of work that melds Nyabinghi drumming to musique concrete vocal sampling, making Blowtorch’s socialist convictions eminently skankable.