Trojan Dub Massive Chapter One
April 10 - 2005

Track list
  1. Sly And The Revolutionaries - Cocaine
  2. Sly And The Revolutionaries - Herb
  3. Mafia All Stars And King Tubby - Don't Think About Me (I'm Alright)
  4. King Tubby And The Aggrovators - Blood Dunza Version
  5. Tappa Zukie - Man A Warrior
  6. Gregory Isaacs All Stars - Leggo Beast
  7. Sly And Robbie - Roots Man Dub
  8. Sly And The Revolutionaries - Acapulco Gold
  9. The Crystalites - Concentration Ver. 3
  10. The Upsetters - Lovers Skank (Spanglers Clap)
  11. Sly And Robbie - Jah Jah Children Dub
  12. Sly And Robbie - Negre Africa Dub
  13. Prince Jammy And The Aggrovators - Out Of Order
  14. Scientist - Miss Know It All
  15. Prince Jammy - Fist Of Fury
  16. The Roots Radics Band - The Alien Aborts
  17. The Aggrovators - Stop The Dubbing
  18. Ras Michael And The Sons Of Negus - Keep Cool Babylon
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4/5
A longtime linchpin of the New York City underground music scene, Bill Laswell was among the most prolific artists in contemporary music; as a performer, producer, and label chief, his imprint is on literally hundreds of albums, the majority of them characterized by a signature sound fusing the energy of punk with the bone-rattling rhythms of funk. Born on February 12, 1955, in Salem, IL, he initially played guitar, but soon switched to bass; raised primarily in the Detroit area, he honed his skills in local funk outfits before relocating to New York in 1978. There Laswell formed Material, an outlet for his experimental approach toward sounds ranging from jazz to hip-hop to worldbeat; originally the backup unit for Daevid Allen, the group soon began working on its own, issuing its debut EP Temporary Music in 1979.

In addition to fronting Material, Laswell also mounted a solo career, issuing Baselines in 1982 on Celluloid, a label he partly owned and operated. Appearances on key recordings by the likes of David Byrne, John Zorn, Fred Frith, and the Golden Palominos established Laswell as a virtual nexus of the downtown N.Y.C. community, and in 1983 he broke into the mainstream with his production work on Herbie Hancock's smash "Rockit," which he also co-wrote; the follow-up LP, Sound-System, won him a Grammy. Throughout the mid-'80s Laswell was everywhere, playing bass on LPs from artists including Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono, and Laurie Anderson; he also joined the avant group Curlew, and produced a number of African acts.

In 1986, Laswell joined guitarist Sonny Sharrock, drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson, and saxophonist Peter Brötzmann in the group Last Exit; a second solo LP, Hear No Evil, appeared two years later, and after a long hiatus he also resurrected Material in 1989 with Seven Souls. Another project, the hip-hop-flavored Praxis, was resumed after close to a decade of inactivity with 1992's Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis). In 1990, Laswell formed another label, Axiom, to explore his interest in the new sounds of ambient and techno; where in the past his work rarely appeared solely under his own name, by the middle of the decade he was issuing several solo records annually in a wide range of styles from dub to jazz. Laswell draws upon many musical genres, most notably funk, dub and ambient. He also remained among the most prolific producers in the business, collaborating with the likes of Dub Syndicate, Pete Namlook, Buckethead, and DJ Spooky.

Trojan Records, a part of the Sanctuary Records Group announces a new multi-album, creatively scopic label deal with the producer, arranger and musician extraordinaire Bill Laswell. Drawing on the diverse musical vision he has established over his decades-long career, Laswell will bring six broad ranging projects to the Sanctuary label group on his new Nagual label. Included will be his own dub re-interpretations of songs he personally selected from the legendary Trojan Records archives, new albums from Praxis and Tabla Beat Science, as well as a groundbreaking drum 'n' bass project called Damaged.

The first chapter of his Dub Massive project is a result of mining Trojan Record's vast archive of Jamaican music. On the album Laswell reworks some of reggae music's most treasured recordings in dub, echoing his earlier projects Panthalassa: The Music Of Miles Davis and Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub. Laswell revitalizes original versions from the likes of King Tubby, The Upsetters, Sly and Robbie, and many others. After listening to the album we must confess that we like the way he 'enhanced' the classic Jamaican dub outings. Don't try to compare the original tunes with these Bill Laswell productions. He sticks close to the original but adds his own style, or better said, his own watermark. Furthermore the album is mixed as one long track, with no gaps between the songs.
Check it out.....as we would say!