Reggae powerhouse VP Records has joined forces with legendary skate brand Vans for a new compilation series titled Dub Rockers. The compilation series aim to showcase a global genre without barriers and borders having a number of top Jamaican artists recording combinations with U.S. and European based artists and bands.
The end results are varied with a number of standout tracks and a few low points, Eek-A-Mouse and Expendables’ surf reggae version of the mighty Ganja Smuggling being one of the latter.
Oddly there are no VI reggae artists represented and unfortunately some of the greatest artists from the U.S. and Europe aren’t featured, for example Jah Sun, Lion D, Gappy Ranks and Randy Valentine, just to name a few. That doesn’t however mean that this is a poor compilation.
Natty’s Change, which features Alborosie and Busy Signal, is a fierce hip-hop meets reggae scorcher, and RBC and Prince Polo’s swirling version of Augustus Pablo’s Java manages to add something new to a song that has been versioned to death.
For the second instalment in the series I hope that VP seeks talents in other parts of the world as well – in Australia, in Asia, in South America and in Africa. That would be a truly global and ground breaking compilation.