During a long and varied career spanning five decades, Jah Wobble has recorded more than thirty solo albums and contributed to innumerable projects. On the route from the post punk of Public Image Limited (PiL) via dubby dance music (epitomised by Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart) to world music and ambient in all its facets, the exceptionally gifted bass player hasn’t left out any genre of note in modern music.
With “Inspiration”, Jah Wobble returns to his roots, the love of his youth: reggae music. With the singer PJ Higgins, he found the perfect companion, voice and songwriter to accomplish this endeavour with flying colours – a match made in heaven. Higgins has collaborated with a host of artists over the years, lending her quirky and distinct anecdotes to many a project and recordings. Currently, she co-fronts the critically acclaimed Dub Colossus, who were winners of the Songlines Cross Cultural Collaboration 2013. The album was co-written and co-produced with Alex McGowan at his London-based Space Eko Recording Studio. His previous collaborations include Tricky, Martina Topley Bird, Wilko Johnson and many more.
It’s with the third track on the new album, “King Of Illusion”, that you notice that the foundation of this album is actually reggae. The trumpet of Sean Corby and the offbeat keys by Wobble himself make slight references to the bygone sound of Studio One. On the other hand, you can clearly hear that the separate instruments have been mixed in a lavish way to create what we might label “spherical reggae”.