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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean


By Robert Kaye
Published March 16, 2007

Are You Experienced
Collision LC 7360

The new Dubblestandart Album Are You Experienced borrows its title from the iconic Jimi Hendrix album, but the two discs share a title font and little more. The actual music is far removed from Hendrix’s immortal psychedelic rock. ’Dis is dub ’n’ reggae, mon. Disc 1 offers twelve brand new tracks featuring Noa More and Gudrun as well as the group’s longtime collaborator, Camel. Other guests join the brash ensemble as well. Disc 2 is comprised of previously unreleased versions or remixes from the group’s last two albums, representing the smokey world of dub music. Dubblestandart was founded in 1988 in far-from-tropical Austria by middle-class Europeans Paul Zasky, Robbie Ost, Martin Marek and Gerhard Warnung. Since getting together between the ages of 17 and 19, filled with teenage bravado and anti-establishment proclivities, the group’s embraced and continues to celebrate its rebellious image within the conservative Austrian pop scene.