Selecta's Choice #1 ~ 100% Dubplates Selection Out Of Irie Ites Box
Irie Ites Records
May 26, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3/4|
Dubplates or Specials, since the mid '80s a term used to describe an exclusive mix or recording of a tune that usually has the lyrics altered to mention and praise a specific Sound System, are often used for competing in a sound clash, in which 'rival' Sound Systems compete with each other to produce the most imaginative or unusual Specials. The exclusivity of the recording is made evident by changes to the usual lyrics to include the name of the Sound System that has commissioned the recording, often remarking on the prowess of the Sound System in question, and sometimes the weaknesses of the opposing Sound System(s). Dubplates are an essential tool in a sound clash – the more exclusive the better!
It's obvious that these Dubplates weren't meant to be released on vinyl or cd. However sometimes it happened still. Most notable examples are the 1989 released "King Tubby's Presents Soundclash Dub Plate Style" and "King Jammy's Presents: Dub Plates Volume 1" from 1998. In particular the innovative King Tubby LP (later also released on cd), featuring amusing intros by Fuzzy Jones and the legendary dubmaster's extolling sound, is outstanding and essential to any reggae collection.
Fast forward to 2015's "Selecta's Choice #1", a dubplates selection from Irie Ites, the Sound System and record label from Le Mans, France. In 1999 Jericho, Unatty and RomG founded the Sound System, which in 2001 was followed by the launch of the label after a meeting with Lorenzo and Chezidek in Jamaica. Since then they have worked with a whole heap of artists including Turbulence, Spectacular, Lutan Fyah, Perfect, Ras Mc Bean, Sizzla, Junior Kelly, John Holt, Leroy Sibbles, Max Romeo, Cornell Campbell, Mighty Diamonds, Naggo Morris and Trinity for juggling projects as well as artist albums. Meanwhile they also recorded Dubplates for their own Sound System with many of these artists. This mixtape on cd, expertly mixed by founding member Jericho who luckily didn't use any sound effects, drops a whopping 58 specials out of Irie Ites' dubplates box. It features efforts by up-and-comers, big stars and respected veterans, all delivering lethal ammunition for the Irie Ites Sound System.
A nice and entertaining collection of tunes normally only heard when played at Sound System events.