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Evolution Of Dub Vol. 8: The Search For New Life [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: VP Records
  • ASIN: B00GT5K6YU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Synchro Start - Prince Jammy
2. Interface - Prince Jammy
3. 32 Bit Chip - Prince Jammy
4. Auto Rhythm - Prince Jammy
5. Peek & Poke - Prince Jammy
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Disc: 2
1. Roughneck Dub - Two Friends Crew
2. Morning Blues Dub - Two Friends Crew
3. Fooling Around Dub - Two Friends Crew
4. Dub Licensed to Kill - Two Friends Crew
5. This Dub Will Self Destruct in 3'53' - Two Friends Crew
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Freedom Dub - Shane Brown
2. Judge Dub - Shane Brown
3. Politician Dub - Shane Brown
4. Run Dem Dub - Shane Brown
5. Straight Dub - Shane Brown
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Tribute to the King - Alborosie
2. Marcus Dub - Alborosie
3. Dubbing Kingston - Alborosie
4. Cocaine and Dub - Alborosie
5. Minstrel of Dub - Alborosie
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the last instalment of an excellent series, this brings dub into the electronic arena and completes the lesson. i shouldn't have thought the words 'digital' and 'reggae' should have appeared concurrently, but the quality of the material in this set, and the series as a whole have drawn me into appreciation of 4 albums which, had i seen separately would not have bothered with.
firstly, this box is the most generous in the series, regarding playing time and number of tunes, and is the first of such to contain artists i had never heard of. appropriately, first up is prince jammy's 'computerized dub', which certainly does what it says on the sleeve, moving things along from his dubs that appear in vol 6, purely instrumental and forward thinking (this was 1986), at one point sounding almost like the group suicide.
shane brown is new to me, but his 'juke boxx dub' is perhaps the most engaging album here, displaying an almost perfect balance of the old and the new, as to sound totally original. it has a warm organic feel to it, and is quite hypnotic in places.
two friends crew's 'voyage into dub is the cd that goes more 'off topic' than the rest, but is no worse off for that - veers away from reggae completely with some tunes, but is always 'danceable' and even quite cinematic in places.
the closest to what i am used to (pre-digital, 70's and early 80's dub) is 'dub clash' by alborosie, and as this is only a couple of years old, i find it very heartwarming that traditional dub is still in production, albeit with some electronic components.fine stuff.
this is a vital series, all in all, and i can't speak highly enough about it's value, both as essential listening, and as a potted history on the chronology of dub. 32 quality albums for a sum short of £100 - got to be a steal.
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A super four disc album set covering many different areas of dub ....... something on this for everyone ........to be played at loud volume ......;o)
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4.0 out of 5 stars DUB MUSIC--THE STORY CONTINUES AS DUB EVOLVES--AND IN A GOOD WAY 19 Feb 2014
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the latest set (Vol. 8!) of dub in this pretty fine series, tracking the evolution of dub music. Every volume has reissues of some great dub albums, some of which are relatively rare. This set collects some (mostly) fairly recent albums all using computerized beats and sounds to create that dub experience. Many dub fans (including me) have a soft spot for this music from it's prime period, the 1970's (more or less), using "real" musicians. But this volume has made me rethink the whole dub thing.

As a long time fan/collector of dub music, Prince Jammy's "Computerized Dub" is a pretty decent effort at combining computer-made beats with that whole organic sound from earlier years. Listen to "32 Bit Chip" and you'll hear what I mean. There's an organic quality mixed in along with the digital sounds/beats that's very satisfying. But this album isn't strictly computerized. "Stealie" ("Steely") and "Cleavie" ("Clevie"), well known as a bass/drums rhythm section on more modern Jamaican albums, including their album of Studio One rhythms, plus Wayne Smith Super Power All-Stars are here too. The combination keeps everything from going hard and totally digital sounding.

"Voyage Into Dub", from the Two Friends Crew, likewise is a combination of electronic dub beats, sounds, and occasional vocal snippets. "Roughneck Bub" will give you a good idea of how smooth and organically intoxicating computer-dub can be. This music is sometimes (mistakenly) lumped in with hard-core Ragga, mostly because they worked with more contemporary artists like Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea, and others. But this isn't a million beats a minute album--exactly the opposite. The beats are slinky and open--hear "Morning Blues Dub"--as an example.

"Juke Boxx Dub (sic), from Shane Brown (who's related to "Duke" Reid), is the son of Errol Brown. He too built on the history of dub music, using analog equipment. And his music too is centered on the dancehall style, working with Buju Banton, Capleton, Sizzla, and many more artists. His "Judge Dub" is a good combination of modern dub which incorporates horns to accent his rhythms. "Politician Dub" is a standout with it's deep bass, guitars, and floating vocals.

"Dub Clash", from Alborosie is another fine set of "new" dub. This album is from 2010, with Alborosie playing drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, and percussion on most of the tracks. Also here is the Shengen Clan Band who help lay down some fine rhythms. He is one of the few newer producers working in the "old" ways, using "King" Tubby as his major influence. Of the four albums, this set is closest to more traditional dub sounds.

To be honest I was all set to not like this new volume because of the computer/dancehall connection. I love dub from it's inception on through to it's prime years using so many fine musicians. But I have to say I'm surprised and impressed with what these modern dub producers have done. In it's own way this is full of deep, satisfying dub rhythms--just "computerized up" a bit. But don't think this collection isn't worth hearing. As dub has evolved, albums like these are good examples of modern dub from producers that haven't forgotten where the music came from. This volume can easily sit alongside the other sets in this series.
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