The Lions - Jungle Struttin' b/w Ethio-Steppers
The Lions - Jungle Struttin' b/w Ethio-Steppers (Wilderstyle Dub)
(7") Ubiquity Records UR7223, 2008-01-07
Prior to the release of their forthcoming debut album, The Lions drop a limited-edition 7" single that features the album title track "Jungle Struttin" and a dub version of "Ethio-Steppers" that's 100% exclusive to this 7" release only. "Jungle Struttin'" is a dj-friendly, dusty, Jamaican-funk joint in the vein of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and the flipside is a bass-heavy dub in the vein of Scientist or King Tubby but with an added Eastern/African/Ethiopique twist.
A1. Jungle Struttin'
B1. Ethio-Steppers (Wilderstyle Dub)
Band Members :
Arranger/Trumpet & Flugelhorn - Todd Simon
Guitar - Sergio Rios & Dan Ubick
Bass - David Wilder
Drums - Blake Colie
Percussion - Davey Chegwidden
Organ, Piano & Clavinette - Dan Hastie
Mixing Engineer & Melodica - Stephen Kaye
Tenor Sax - Joel Bowers
Trombone - David Ralicke
Guest Vocals: Noelle Scaggs, Alex & Destin from HEPCAT, Black Shakespere
Press Release :
This is a limited-edition 7” single that features the title track to the forthcoming Lions album “Jungle Struttin’,” and a dub version of “Ethio-Steppers” that’s 100% exclusive to this 7”-release only. “Jungle Struttin’” is a dj-friendly, dusty, Jamaican-funk joint in the vein of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and the flipside is a bass-heavy dub in the vein of Scientist or King Tubby but with an added Eastern/African/Ethiopique twist.
The LIONS are a unique Jamaican-inspired outfit, the result of an impromptu recording session by members of Breakestra, Connie Price and the Keystones, Rhythm Roots All-Stars, Orgone, Sound Directions, Plant Life, Poetics and Macy Gray (to name a few). Gathering at Orgone's Killion Studios, in Los Angeles during the Fall of 2006, they created grooves that went beyond the Reggae spectrum by combining new and traditional rhythms, and dub mixing mastery with the global sounds of Ethiopia, Colombia and Africa. The Lions also added a healthy dose of American-style soul, jazz, and funk to create an album that’s both a nod to the funky exploits of reggae acts like Byron Lee and the Dragonaires and Boris Gardner, and a mash of contemporary sound stylings.