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A fascinating and fun search for new life

Evolution Of Dub vol. 8 - artworkGreensleeves Records’ Evolution of Dub series has over a number of years put the spotlight on key moments in the development of dub. Now the time has come for the series eighth volume, and this one offers something new compared to previous editions.

Evolution of Dub Vol. 8 – The Search for New Life includes two previously unreleased albums – Two Friends Crew’s Voyage into Dub and Shane Brown’s Juke Boxx Dub. The former collects a number of late 80s and early 90s version sides from the Two Friends label, a label run by Mikey Bennett and Patrick Lindsay, two producers and engineers that at the time worked closely with ragga giant Augustus “Gussie” Clarke.

Shane Brown is a Jamaican producer and engineer, and probably best known for his recent work for Busy Signal and Etana.

The other two sets are Prince Jammy’s Computerised Dub, a novelty effort that gives a dubwise/instrumental treatment to some mid 80s early digital gems, and Alborosie’s Dub Clash, a scarce set originally released in 2010 and where Puppa Albo dubs some of his bestsellers.

Picks of the bunch are the two contemporary sets from Shane Brown and Alborosie. The original versions for the dubs on these sets are mostly flawless and both producers/engineers are imaginative when it comes to mixing, especially Alborosie, who has given all tracks a dash of vintage flavour.

As usual, the four disc box set comes with excellent liner notes telling the story of dub and the story behind each album.

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Alborosie dubs the system

11183_JKT.qxdItalian/Jamaican reggae superstar Alborosie recently unleashed a dub version of his acclaimed Sound the System album, a set released in June. It’s his second dub effort and follows the superb Dub Clash, released in 2010 and to be reissued in 2014 as part of Evolution of Dub Vol. 8.

Sound the System was a vintage affair and offered a mix of live instrumentation and analogue recording techniques. Then it’s only natural for Alborosie to tramble the same path with the dub counterpart, and Dub the System of course echoes from past times, especially the 80s and the sounds of Sly & Robbie.

Alborosie himself has deconstructed all the tracks and then re-built them with passion and flare. The dub versions showcase his sense for melody, strong hooks and memorable horn parts. The dubs are warm, rich and flavourful and bridges nicely to the original versions.

I’m especially fond of the aggressive saxophone on Dub Concern and when Puppa Albo takes the role as funkmaster on Who Run the Dub. Excellent to say the least.

Dub the System is currently only available on vinyl.

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