Ticklah plays multiple instruments on Ticklah vs. Axelrod, in addition to collaborating with members of Antibalas, the Easy Star All-Stars, the Victor Rice Octet, and Dub Is A Weapon. The production is heavy on dub effects and experimentation, especially on the instrumentals "Two Face" and "Descent." He also calls on a number of friends to add vocals, including reggae stars Mikey General and Rob Symeonn, Vinia Mojica, Tamar-Kali and Mayra Vega (who sang on Antibalas' "Che Che Cole"). Two highlights are reggae re-interpretations of Eddie Palmieri salsa classics: The ultra-catchy "Mi Sonsito" and the sultry "Si Hecho Palante." The album is a hip dub chill-out record that defies expectations at every turn. It is the epitome of the Brooklyn dub underground, a scene that has quietly influenced reggae, electronica and even pop music for the past decade. It is no wonder then that Ticklah proves again that he's a consummate artist and here to stay for the long haul.
Want Not feat. Tamar-kali
Mi Sonsito feat. Mayra Vega