Chicago Massive

by The Drastics

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about

With our second release, Chicago Massive, we undertook our biggest endeavor to date. Chicago Massive is a 2 disc album boasting 27 tracks and 24 friends sharing the mic in a variety of styles. Guest musicians on the first disc include Charles Gorczynski (Silences Sumire, Leaves, Colorlist), Mike “Spider” Hobson (Deals Gone Bad), and trumpeter Rich Graiko (Void Union, Westbound Train). Guest vocalists include Drastic mainstays Fada Dougou and MC Zulu as well as friends King Django, Dr. Ring Ding, Dayna Lynn, Todd Hembrook (Deals Gone Bad), and Corey Dixon (The Zvooks).

Selected cuts off this record were also treated to remix album appropriately titled “The Drastics Remixes” by electro-acoustic duo Silences Sumire (Rope-a-dope).

” … niceness from a Midwestern band who play dub-rich music … I’d endorse this double album most heartily. 4/5 Stars.
Tom Orr, Reggae-Reviews.Com

“Following their widely praised 2005 debut, “dub masters” The Drastics don’t mess with success on Chicago Massive.”
Illinois Entertainer

“So creative are the riddims, so intriguing the dubs … The Drastics deserve much credit for moving deep into unchartered territories …”
allMusic Guide

credits

released June 1, 2006

Tom Riley - Tenor Sax, Flute
Bijan Warner - Rhodes, Organ, Guitar, Piano, Clavinet
Chris Merrill - Bass, Synths, Guitar, Thumb Piano
Anthony Abbinanti - Drums, Baritone Sax, Melodica, Bass Clarinet, Percussion, Keys

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Brian Citro - Guitar (trk 6, 8, 9, 13)
Mike Hobson - Guitar (trk 7, 8)
Charlie Gorczynski - Alto Sax (trk 5), Soprano Sax (trk 15)
Patrick Liddell - Trombone (trk 1,4)
Andrew Zelm - Trombone (trk 6, 13, 15, 20, 23, 25)
Rich Graiko - Trumpet (trk 6)
Jah Son - Percussion (trk 2, 9, 20, 23)
Chuck Sunshine - Turntable (trk 6, 11)
Corey Dixon - Guitar (trk 23)

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Engineer, Production & Dubs - A. Abbinanti
All songs arranged by The Drastics
All music written by A. Abbinanti except ..

Fidelity Dub - Merrill/Riley/Warner
Najib Najib - Warner/Abbinanti/Merrill
10(2)k(6) - Merrill/Riley/Abbinanti
Al Q’runka - Merrill/Liddell/Warner/Riley
Good Timin’ - Dixon/Abbinanti
Ghetto Drastic - Heavy Rotation

All lyrics written by their respective singers

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Recorded at Dirty North Studios, chicago IL
March 2005 - February 2006
Mastered by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Sound Labs
Album Design - spacecar.org

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We play roots reggae from 1982's future of 2187. Incorporating heavy dubs, traditional elements, modern mentalities, and esoteric sounds.

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