Single Review: Satori vs. Dr. Echo - "Decision"
SATORI VS. DR. ECHO
When ska was reverting to the underground in the early 2000’s, the RX Bandits emerged and found their biggest success when they slid flawlessly between genres to give us an experimental sound that couldn’t be placed in a box. Steven Jess Borth II, the group’s saxophone extraordinaire, continued experimenting with different styles that bent deeper into dub, reggae, and rocksteady on his side project Satori. It’s been a while since Satori released their debut LP Savor Every Moment, but Borth’s project returns this spring (May 2020) with the Dub Defender Sessions – a collection of tunes originally written between 2007-2009. With the release of “Decision,” we’re now getting our first look inside the forthcoming album. Inspired by the legends of the genre - Lee “Scratch” Perry, Desmond Dekker, Toots & The Maytals, etc. – “Decision” gives us an atmospheric, classic dub feel that hits on all the right vibes to carry a song that leans into discovering a new you. We see that a fresh mindset brings clarity and open mindedness to personal growth with lines such as, “I have grown to see there are many possibilities, a different view from a different shade of light.” In typical dub reggae form, there’s plenty of chilled out groove wrapped within the instrumentation, which oftentimes reaches into jam band territory. The saxophone melody drops into the mix and surprisingly fits in perfectly to give this a jazz flavor that sprinkles in a uniqueness and adds a new flare. By using renowned musicians from The Void Union, The Expanders, and The California Honeydrops, Borth II has given us a song that pulls its sound from the best of the best, but more importantly, a tune that we all need; especially right now! In times where we are spewing off on social media about being bored in our self-quarantines, we can instead choose to turn to “Decision” as a reminder to use our quiet time to discover who we’re meant to be.