Dub Clash
JDF / Shengen
November 17, 2010

Alborosie Track list
  1. Tribute To The King
  2. Marcus Dub
  3. Dubbing Kingston
  4. Cocaine & Dub
  5. Minstrel Of Dub
  6. Augustus Legacy
  7. Selassie I Son
  8. Can't Stand Dub
  9. Dub In Baltimore
  10. Send Dem Come Dub
  11. Loudness Is My Drug
  12. Global Dub
  13. Real Dub Story
  14. Space Echo Malfunction
  15. Dubbing In Love
  16. Double Bubble
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Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Since the international breakthrough of Jamaica based Sicilian dread Alberto D'Ascola aka Alborosie aka Puppa Albo with the 2006 released herb anthem "Herbalist", his singles and albums have shown that this singer, songwriter, musician, engineer and producer is strongly inspired and influenced by roots reggae music from the late '70s/early '80s. One of his Jamaican heroes is the late great Osbourne Ruddock aka King Tubby, whom he regards as "the most incredible producer ever lived, my teacher". So it's not a real surprise that Alborosie has tried his hand at producing a dub album.

"Dub Clash" was entirely made in Kingston, Jamaica, and in order to get the vibe of vintage dub music Alborosie used original organic vintage effects, Roland Space Echo, Fisher spring reverb, ak 9 spring reverb, Ak 47 spring reverb, Fairchild reverb, Multivox delay, eli delay, MCI 2 tracks, and Tascam 24 track. This 16 track dubwise set features old-skool riddims he has voiced over the past couple of years for tunes such as "Kingston Town", "No Cocaine", "Global War", "I Can't Stand It", and "Real Story" as well as dub versions of revitalized riddims like "Baltimore" ("Dub In Baltimore") and "Full Up" ("Send Dem Come Dub"), both coming from The Tamlins' "Re-Birth" album, and "Queen Of The Minstrel" ("Minstrel Of Dub"). The fact that this set omits dub versions from some of his best known and successful tunes including "Herbalist", "Waan The Herb", and "Rastafari Anthem", is striking to say the least. The same goes for the wicked album openers "Tribute To The King" ("Bobby Bobylon" riddim) and "Marcus Dub", which to our ears sound very much like they are culled from original mastertapes (but most likely they are not).

All in all a very interesting album for any fan of well produced dub versions with strong 'old-skool' vibes.