after listening to Scientist Dub Culture
Into A Paralel Universe, I was wondering
where Prince, now King, Jammy is up to these
days. Dub is alive and kicking but you hear
so little from the old Dub Masters, that's
the reason why I was so happy with
Scientist's new release. An inquiry led me
to the purchase of this brand new CD from
King Jammy, and I must say I am very happy
to hear that the original Dub Masters still
have a good thing going. Where Scientist
mixed Culture at Jim Fox with digital
devices galore, Jammy decided to use the
older equipment as well and go to the other
side of the world, where a Japanese band
called Dry and Heavy is making some crucial
reggae riddims. The result: 13 tracks
heavily mixed in a dubwise style, sometimes
sounding a lot like Twilight Circus.....
In music technology "dry" means
without effects. Dry and Heavy surely isn't
dry anymore after being treated with the
Jammy treatment, but heavy it remains! The
bass and drum section is very solid and
versatile: I hear Roots. I hear Rub A Dub. I
hear UK 1980's Roots influences. I hear
something in between as well. Full
instrumentation is used and the sound is
authentic. But the vocals are either very
good or very bad. Some parts I can not get
used to, other parts are really beautiful.
The vocals on the track "Mr. Dub",
for example, I can not get used to them.
It's really out of tune a lot. But on the
next track, "Breaking Dub", this
is being compensated by beautifull vocals
Over all, I am very happy with this CD.
It's a welcome addition to my collection of
DUB music, and it is also good to hear new
DUB coming from the original DUB Masters.
Also the fact the music was created without
the use of too many synthesized sounds makes
Looking for good Dub, BUY IT!