Dub Plate Style Vol 1 - Vinyl EP Tracks
January 24, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Canadian engineer, producer & musician Ryan Moore has become a well known figure in reggae circles since he emerged on the scene some 25 years ago. His first release, "Twilight Circus In Dub Volume 1", was the start of a series of dub albums that garnered much critical praise. It was obvious that his dub workouts were heavily influenced by the groundbreaking 1970s dubs of Jamaican greats such as King Tubby and Lee Perry. Even though the influences of the masters were recognizable, Ryan Moore never tried to recreate the works of his illustrious predecessors. Instead he created his own signature sound with instrumental dub outings that made a serious impression and were cherished by many (classic) dub fans.
After having released about 10 dub albums, with some of them being quite successful from a commercial point of view, Ryan Moore moved into new territory as he started to produce vocal tracks by a number of great Jamaican vocalists such as Michael Rose, Luciano, Fred Locks, Ranking Joe, Lutan Fyah, Cornell Campbell and Big Youth. However the dub heads weren't forgotten as vocal tracks were accompanied by dub versions and vocal albums of Ranking Joe and Michael Rose even got a dub companion.
Ryan Moore produced material not only appeared on cd, but also on vinyl in 10" and 12" format. And now there's the digitally released compilation set "Dub Plate Style Vol 1 - Vinyl EP Tracks", which collects tracks from a long out of print and now sought after series of vinyl EP's. Things get started with material from the "Binghi Riddim" EP, which was selected by UK Woofah magazine as one of the 30 most essential UK Roots & Dub releases ever released. Lutan Fyah, an artist who hardly ever disappoints, delivers the commanding "We Can Make It Work", followed by matching cuts from Brando and Michael Rose. The latter opens the next segment with the solid "Better Mus Come", which is decisively enhanced by Vin Gordon's "Horns Cut" and rounded off by Brother Culture's decent "Fyah Well Hot".
Cornell Campbell's truly lovely "Why Dem Gwaan So" is further complemented by Jah Stitch's worthy deejay chant called "Universal Ruler" and the wonderful brass cut "Universal Horns" by Nambo & Ian Hird. After the Twilight crew's nice sounding "Acetate Version", it's time for Luciano to deliver the goods. The listener is treated to four different -- vocal and dub -- cuts of "What We Got To Do" including the absolutely superb "Acoustic Mix", and later on even a fifth version drops in. Big Youth shows that he hasn't lost any of his impact. The veteran chanter's "Love Is What We Need" will surely appeal to any reggae fan in the world. "Dub Is What We Need" and "Love Dub Remix" are pulsating sound waves, delivered by Ryan Moore with snatches of Big Youth's vocals.
"Dub Plate Style Vol. 1 - Vinyl EP Tracks" contains a great selection of vocal and dub tracks, worthwhile checking out for anyone who hasn't purchased the initial releases.