on 10 June 2014
This is a gentle introduction to dub culture. These are the tracks that some of my pals at secondary school used to play as cassettes in the 1980s. I recall that there were two burgeoning styles in my school of progression from children into young pre pubescent teenagers: you were either a Reggae guy (Shaka) or Soul belt wearing fellow (Imagination / Light of the World) and then a little bit later came the electronic Hip Hop and Funk (Afrika Bambaataa). I chose the Soul and Hip Hop lads. I went down the road that led to Mantronix and D-Train. But I have a lot of respect for those pals that went off to Reggae, Lovers Rock and other off-beat time influenced derivatives of the late 1960's original Ska sound. Lee Scratch Perry is influential to whatever music trends followed afterwards and this album captures the early experimentation of the analogue echo chambers with the steel spring inside the electro acoustic sound box. The sounds of the Blackboard Jungle Dub and Upsetters are superb. Pop Goes The Dread Dub and Cloak A Dagger are classics. So is Sin Semilla Kava Dub and the heavily influential Moving Forward. The latter track is definitely the one that many of my old secondary pals were bobbing their heads too on the bus ride from Clapham Junction. If you want sounds to complement the Favela Brazilian beats of the World Cup 2014 then look no further than just geographical north to the Caribbean.