on 2 February 2014
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.