Words by Jesse Serwer
Halloween and reggae might seem like a strange pair, but there’s a whole history of ghoulishly irie tunes out there, from Ernie Smith’s “Duppy or Gunman” to the whole Scientist Rids the World of the Curse of the Evil Vampires LP. (See our “Duppies and Vampires” Toppa Top 10 countdown for some more favorites). Adding to that legacy now is Dawn of the Dread, the first album from London-based drummer and vocalist Horseman.
Horseman has a long history in the U.K. reggae scene, having played for artists such as Gregory Isaacs, Tippa Irie and John Holt, while also scoring his own hits like 1985’s “Giddyup,” (remade on the new LP as “Horsemove.”). More recently he’s gained attention for his work (as both a drummer and deejay) with Hollie Cook. The Dawn of the Dread LP, which drops Nov. 3 on the Mr. Bongo label, was recorded on analog equipment in Thailand by Hollie Cook producer Prince Fatty, and features 13 tracks in a variety of vintage reggae and dancehall styles.
Fans of early digital sounds will find much to gravitate to: “Computer,” a brief history of home computer trends is particularly suited to the vibes. But the track that seems most fitting this week is the zombie movie-inspired title track. Stream the LP below, pre-order it here, and tell us what you think in the comments.