Album review
Sankofa Roots Hi-Tek In Dub
Roots Hi-Tek
Roots Hi-Tek

Tracking list

  1. Dub Discipline
  2. Dues
  3. Umoja Verse 3
  4. Dubbing Angels
  5. Sharpeville Massacre Pt* (1964 Remembrance)
  6. Conscious Zone
  7. Tsion
  8. Accompong
  9. Mercy Lord
  10. Central Dub Pt 3 (Salute The Third World Band)
  11. Sankofa
  12. Iron Bubblers
  13. Ashiko (Time)
  14. Conscious Melodies
  15. Volta Region
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4

Dub - in the now familiar sense of radically remixed versions - arrived in 1972 and was largely the contribution of one man : Osbourne Ruddock a.k.a. King Tubby. In keeping with the dub traditions pioneered by this legendary dub master and faithfully nurtured by the likes of Lee Scratch Perry, Prince Jammy, Scientist, Errol T, Phillip Smart and numerous other members of the dub fellowship, Roots Hi-Tek presents "Sankofa Roots Hi-Tek In Dub". This set brings together dub mixes of various riddims featured on the "Roots Hi-Tek" label which were mixed by three of today's UK based dub masters. Russ "D" Bell-Brown (of Disciples fame) has mixed tracks 1, 5, 7, 9 and 11 at his Backyard Studio in the Survey suburbs, while Ruff Cutt member Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie utilized the Ruff Cutt studio in London NW10 to mix tracks 4, 8 and 12. The remaining tracks were mixed by Robert Tribulation at his Word, Sound & Power studio in Acton, West London. "Sankofa Roots Hi-Tek In Dub" is a tasty album featuring fifteen very enjoyable dub workouts. The fan of dub music whose taste inclines towards the more subtle end of the dub spectrum as well as the one who prefer a more heavier mode shouldn't hesitate to investigate this set as both styles are represented here. Wonderful moments of dub workouts can be experienced while listening to the outstanding "Dub Discipline", the binghi-charged mid-tempo dub entitled "Umoja Verse 3", the deep roots of "Tsion", the awesome "Mercy Lord" (dub version to Tony Roots' "Sufferer's Cry"), the beauty of "Central Dub Pt. 3 (Salute The Third World Band)" and the excellent "Conscious Melodies". With the other tracks having their own merit and because of their quality all worth of hearing too, this is truly an album well worth checking!!

Teacher & Mr. T.