More Dangerous Dub
Roots Radics Meets King Tubbys
CD / Vinyl LP
May 26, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : -||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
"The Highest" (a previously unreleased dub version of Barrington Levy's smash "Here I Come") kicks off the Paul Love aka Jah Screw produced "More Dangerous Dub" album, which brings together the incredible skills and talent of Osbourne Ruddock aka King Tubby and the Roots Radics' raw and very weighty early 1980s riddims.
In 1981 the Ranking Joe & Jah Screw produced "Dangerous Dub" album was released in Jamaica on the Copasetic label. It featured tracks that were among the last mixed by King Tubby in his old studio. Fifteen years later Greensleeves issued this solid dub set in the UK, and now, after more than a decade, the London based record label unleashes "More Dangerous Dub". The latter contains thirteen previously unreleased dub versions of riddim tracks laid by the Roots Radics (consisting of Style Scott, Flabba Holt, Gladstone Anderson, Steely, Bingy Bunny, Barnabus and Scully Sims) at Channel One Studio, and mixed at King Tubbys by Jah Screw, King Tubby and Soljie Hamilton during the same period as its predecessor.
This collection of "lost" tracks features the same ingredients as "Dangerous Dub", namely stripped-down mixes of hard-as-nails riddims. Some of the riddims included here sound familiar like e.g. Barrington Levy's "Here I Come" and "Under Mi Sensi", Lee Perry's "Dub Organizer", Dennis Brown's "Revolution", Delroy Wilson's "Run Run", and Jackie Mittoo's "Darker Shade Of Black", while others are rather new -- at least to our ears. Overall the sound is brittle and sparse in the early dancehall style of the day, and if you like to have your dubs served like this, we're sure you'll enjoy this collection to the max.
Just like "Dangerous Dub" this is a good latter-day dub set from the studio of the master.