Return Of The Rub-A-Dub Style
May 16, 2011

Label Echodelic Soundsystem
Format DVD - Region Free
Languages English/Patois
Subtitles Hardcode English (Partial)
Length 60 minutes (approx.)
Producer/Director Tom Chasteen/Steve Hanft
At the turn of the century some friends in LA started a weekly reggae club -Dub Club- where they could play reggae music. Not digital wise, but strictly turntables and vinyl. Jason Mason, Eddie Ruscha, Tom Chasteen and David Orlando loved and collected fanatically classic reggae and thus they would be able to play and share their love for reggae music. The first two years the crowds were small but gradually it caught on and grew more and more popular with a young and diverse crowd. They took the following step of bringing in the original artists they idolized to come and perform live.

The DVD 'Return of the Rub-A-Dub Style' is an awesome documentary about that club, the audience, the people behind the scenes and the artists, but foremost its a lesson in reggae history with interviews of U Roy, King Stitt(!), Scientist, Ranking Joe and more. Also interviewed are the fans at the Dub Club. The term rub-a-dub refers to a certain musical style popular in the late 70s-early 80s that bubbles along on its solid bass lines, chopping guitar skanks and percolating horn riffs. It proved to be the perfect music for soundsystem dances.

The DVD features live footage of several Jamaican 'heroes'. Trinity, Sister Nancy, U Roy, Brigadier Jerry and Ranking Joe. There's also room for New York based deejay/singjay Shinehead as well as veteran singers Sugar Minott and Triston Palma. The editing style of the movie reflects the musical style, as multiple artists are shown toasting on the same riddim and are beat matched together like a mix tape. The artists ride some classic 70s riddims such as 'Cuss Cuss' and 'Heavenless/Entertainment', but also the popular 80s digital 'Sleng Teng' riddim. The last artist on the riddim is Brigadier Jerry who tells the selector (Tom Chasteen) to slow down the record and play the 45 at 33rpm for 'Slow Motion". The DVD comes in a retro-styled digipack with a very interesting cd of original music -- 17 tracks that's almost worth the price of the package alone! = - featuring many of the artists from the film as well as other reggae veterans and some local LA artists who perform at Dub Club regularly.

We highly recommend this digipack for your musical pleasure... Rewind mi selecta!