After the highly successful release of last year's “Politics of Greed”, Omegaman is back with another rebellious protest song, a take on world affairs in 2021. For “Rebel Rocker”, Omegaman has brought in Nigerian born vocalist Ikenna, and the legendary guitarist of The Specials, Roddy Radiation. “The system made me a Rebel Rocker,” and this one is all about the systemic corruption, lies, and war mongering by governments around the globe, which has forced the downtrodden to start pushing back. The searing vocals of Ikenna deliver the message true, and straight from the heart.
Not only does Rebel Rocker feature the extra Special guest Roddy Radiation on lead guitar, but also Marty Fabok of the Allniters and Ozkas on rhythm guitar. And the horns section is on loan from The Skastards, making this a global collaboration! The tune really hits home with a massive line-up of live instrumentation, drums, bass, layered guitars, keys, horns, and an ocean of vocals. All of these pieces come together brilliantly to create a groovy ska protest song for the modern era, complete with a wailing guitar solo by Roddy!
While Omegaman's original is one for the head-nodding rudeboy massive, Qdup was brought on to increase the pressure and make a remix for the dance floor. Without overdoing it, Qdup deftly warps the bassline, adds some glitched out effects and kicks up the tempo. This is party with a purpose, and Qdup's trademark funky beats will get even the most jaded punters dancing and skanking about! The world is fed up with the status quo, and this remix is the perfect anthem to pump up the massive. Instrumentals of both tracks are included with this release. All original artwork by Peter Metro of Metro Co.
released March 5, 2021
“Nice rock steady sound from the ever reliable Omegaman. The Qdup Remix is a great take on the original. Perfect daytime jams.” - Rusty B of AGFA
“The underlying “Rebel Rocker” grooves and sways in the light of worldwide contribotors, the Qdup Remix elevates the pace and barometer to supplement an already solid track with deep digs anda latform to echo the contributions of talented (albeit legendary) artists and shift into a fuzzed marching anthem.” - Greg from Nanobot Rock
“Qdup Remix sounds like a good old track from The Freestylers, back straight from 1998! I Love It!” - DJ Prosper
“Love the reggae bass rudeboy vibes, with Qdup's signature style!” - EVeryman
“Both tracks are exquisite” - DJ Clairvo
“Nice song that leads us into springtime again!” - Shantisan
“I like the funky skanking Qdup Remix!” - Quincy Jointz
“Big Tune! Big Release!” - Busta
“Digging the tough edge of the Qdup Remix'” - Pecoe
“Skanking!” Will get the party going for sure” - Honest Lee