Heavyweight dub sounds rule the way on the brand new album “Pama Outernational” from Pama International. Picking up where 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘Love Filled Dub Band’ album left off, the album shamelessly holds it’s influences high. King Tubby & Lee Perry’s dub style meet the southern soul sounds of 1960’s Stax, all the time remaining distinctly Pama.
The band, fronted by long time musical cohorts Sean Flowerdew and Finny (80’s UK favorites The Loafers & ska super group The Special Beat), features The Specials/ Fun Boy 3 singer and guitarist Lynval Golding and bass player Sir Horace Panter. The album was co-produced by Sean Flowerdew and John Collins (producer of The Specials iconic “Ghost Town”)! All backed by a wonderfully diverse array of musical talent, including members from Acid Jazz label stars Lord Large, Kasabian, Bentley Rhythm Ace and Pop Will Eat Itself.
Following the Specials pre-sale and FREE download promotion, Musical Occupation and The Dancing Mood Community are looking for your help to spread the Pama sound nationwide! If you’re interested in hosting a listening party in your town then please send an email to: [email protected] and let us know!
The first announced event is a pre-party for The Specials’ Los Angeles show on Thursday April 15th. It will be one of your first chances to hear and buy the album before it’s actually in stores.
In the UK, ‘Outernational’ has already picked up airplay from a phenomenal 100+ radio shows including Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin Criminals), Don Letts, Craig Charles and Cerys Matthews on BBC6music. Janice Long, Bob Harris and Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2, David Rodigan on Kiss100, John Kennedy on xfm and Gary Crowley and Robert Elms on BBC London have also championed the album.
Since their inception in 2001 they have collaborated with many top artists such as Billy Bragg, Madness, Steel Pulse, Lee Perry Band, Style Council, reggae legends Dennis Alcapone, Dave & Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Derrick Morgan, Mad Professor and Dawn Penn. In 2006 Pama Intl became the first new band to sign to the legendary Trojan Records in 30 years! By 2008 they had launched their own Rockers Revolt label and 2009 saw them as main support for not one but two tours with The Specials and countless festival appearances including Glastonbury.
If you dig the Easy Star All-Stars stuff or are fans of just plain good soulful reggae style grooves then be sure to check these cats out.