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Ticklah Vs. Axelrod

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Album Review

The title sounds straightforward enough, but it's not. Ticklah and Victor Axelrod are, in fact, the same person. So whether this is fun, ego, or plain schizophrenia remains to be seen, but on the basis of the music here, fun seems the likely motive. The New York-based producer and member of Antibalas has created his own kind of dub record here. The dub style is recognizable, but there are plenty of twists like "Mi Sonsito," which is more ska than anything, and his morphing of the Eddie Palmieri classic "Si Hecho Palante" from Latin to reggae. He employs some first-rate vocalists, such as Mayra Vega and Rob Symeonn, while bassist Victor Rice leaves his inimitable prints all over the disc with his solid but imaginative playing. Ticklah himself is subtle in the ways he uses his personality on this disc. His dub is never overwhelming in the older Jamaican style, but more in the touches and ideas, taking the tracks of his real self and loosening the edges. There's plenty of interesting work going on here.

Customer Reviews

Ticklah for Prez

This latest masterpiece from one of New York’s finest musicians is nothing short of perfect. If the album title is meant to evoke some kind of inspired paradox, it might because Ticklah manages to offer up an eclectic and textured sampling of sounds that are at once sexy, emotional, funky, modern and uncompromisingly tight. Listening to this album for me is like waking up all sweaty from a dream that took place somewhere between Cuba, Kingston and Brooklyn, a dubified alpha state underscored by buttery melodies, hot beats, wicked vocals and unconditional, full-on sonic genius. More. More. More.


A true masterpiece, buy the whole album, and thank me later.

Very good!

I originally purchased just 2 songs, Mi Sonsito and Si Hecho Palante. However, I went back and listened to a few of the other tracks and ended up purchasing the whole compilation. There's more than just one type of music here. More than just dub, you have to listen to this awesome set of songs! This dude is one talented cat!


Born: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Multifaceted musician Victor Axelrod goes by a number of aliases depending on the particular style he's covering, but his most prominent persona is Ticklah, a project he created as an outlet for roots reggae. Even with a background spanning jazz, funk, and soul outlets, reggae revivalism revealed itself as the most suitable genre for the keyboardist/producer due to a natural knack for re-creating the trippy vintage Jamaican sounds of King Tubby and Lee Perry. In 1998, Axelrod recorded his first Ticklah...
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