Dub Archive

After all that New Order (and I could go on I’m sure) it’s time for a change of pace and style. Andrew Weatherall has uploaded another edition of his R.G.C. Archive Hour and it’s another dub special. Opening with Sly and Robbie with Bunny Lee and running through to The Disciples via Mad Professor, Joe Gibbs and the wonderfully named song Drugs Is A Ting by Bush Chemist.

A Dub Tribulation – Sly & Robbie Vs. Bunny Lee
African Child (Dubz) – Sly & Robbie Vs. Bunny Lee
C.T.U.F.B – Sound Iration
Drugs Is A Ting – Bush Chemist
Rockfort Rock (Version) – Teamworks
Willow Tree (Dub) – Linval Thompson and the Revolutionaries
Whenever You Need Me (Dub) – Cornell Campbell
Dub Service – Mad Professor
Kunte Kinte The African Warrior – Mad Professor
Ghetto Pace – Mad Professor
Walls Of Jericho – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
Revenge – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
World Of Dub – The Revolutionaries
Natural Dub – Lidj Incorporated
The Message – The Disciples

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Steppas Delight

Let’s start the week- I was going to say working week but it’s not a working week for me, I’ve finished for the summer- with an hour’s worth of Mr Weatherall playing dub , all salvaged from the Rotters Golf Club. This is volume 7 in the R.G.C. Archive Hour and is wall to wall Jamaican goodness.

The picture is a page from ID magazine, a dj five way split with Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, Darren Emerson, Fabi Paras and Andrew Weatherall. Weatherall (bottom right, face obscured by a 7″ single) describes his occupation as ‘trainspotter’ and claims to be working on ‘a pop long player’.

Steppas Delight
Open Troppen – Mad Professor
No Love (Version) – Team Works
River Jordan – Dub Dynasty
Macky Lane Rock – Mr Dynamic All Stars
No Idiot Dub – King Tubby
Chalice Man Dub – Sly & Robbie And The Revolutionaries
Grounation Rock – Adashanti I
Mystic Electro Harakiri – Pecker
The Grunwick Affair – Dennis Bovell
Cool Stepping – The Simeons
Mack At Control – The Simeons
Dub Signs – Alpha & Omega
Dubbing In Angola – Pablo Moses
International Treaty – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
Majestic Dub – Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
African Boat Man – Mix Man

Untitled Dub

Mad Professor brings you some speaker shaking dub for Tuesday. Neil Fraser was born in Guyana and emigrated to London aged thirteen. He built his own recording studio and began making music there in 1979. Throughout the 1980s he put out albums on his own label Ariwa Sounds. Especially of note are volumes 1 to 12 of Dub Me Crazy, a series of original and inventive British dub albums, making use of new digital resources. The first Dub Me Crazy was in 1982. When it was re-released in 2005 it came with two untitled dubs as additional tracks, presumably cut from the original vinyl running time for reasons of space (and bass). John Peel was a big fan and regularly playing tracks from the different Dub Me Crazy albums. This is the first of the two untitled extras from the first album and is all horns and bass. As good a way to start the day as any.

Untitled Dub

London Calling

I’m off to the capital, that London, for a couple of days, on a school trip. I’ve done this trip several times before and it’s always a good one, marshalling some sixth formers round the British Museum, Imperial War Museum and various other sights, plenty of urban walking with a surprise round every corner. So there’ll be nothing here until I’m back. See you all at the weekend. And to send me on my way, how about a dub version of London Calling by a Swiss white reggae band?  It is much better than that sounds.

London Calling

The Champion Version

If you ever need to explain to someone what dub is and why there are times when you should fall to your knees and hail King Tubby as a supreme musical producer and explorer, play them this. And then the rest of the Blood And Fire compilation Dub Gone Crazy- The Evolution Of Dub At King Tubby’s 1975-1979. And then they’ll know.

The Champion Version

Dub Tuesday

Tuesday calls for dub, dunno why, it just does. This is a recording of Radioactive Man’s dub dj set supporting Pitch Black in London in July. Over the course of an hour and a half it goes deep into dub and echo, rimshot and strange smelling smoke, including Sly and Robbie, Grace Jones, Lee Perry, Ini Kamoze, Adrian Sherwood, Colourbox, Aswad, Toots and The Maytals, Johnny Osbourne, Peaking Lights and Dub Syndicate. Highly recommended.

Shake The Nation

In 1996 I bought Prince Far I’s Cry Tough Dub Encounter Chapter 3, a dive further into dub. It was a re-issue of an early 80s release, full of deep basslines and space and sound FX, mixed by Dub Syndicate (Adrian Sherwood). I found it again recently when rifling through my records, having largely forgotten about it. The Voice of Thunder, as he styled himself, is in full effect on this album. Good stuff for a Sunday morning in July.

‘Prince Far I come shake the nation, Prince Far I come tell it to  the young generation’

Shake the Nation