September 2014 - Vocal tracks, Discomixes
and of course DUB Shots. "A Ruff Guide
To Ariwa" has it all and look at the
title: it's not a "Ruff Guide To Mad
Professor"! The well-chosen title for
this compilation of sounds from the London
based Studio has a few classics from
"back then", but it also features
some of the -outstanding- work of Joe Ariwa.
Not to mention the all-star list of further
appearances, that is.
not be a surprise: over here at the Dubroom
we're not ashamed to big up Ariwa wherever
possible. That's not just because of the
original and even leading sounds and
riddims, not just because of the consistency
in quality with the enormous quantity. It's
equally because of the importance of Ariwa
for (DUB) Reggae in general.
No, this is
not an exaggeration.
It's one of
the few studio's that were founded in the
late 1970's, only to continue to this year
2014 and still release all forms of Reggae,
from Lovers' Rock and Roots Daughters to
Heavy, heavy Dub. Throughout the decades
careers were launched, revamped, extended.
Bringing consciousness on many levels and
issues, being responsible for the
incorporation of DUB in many musical styles
(Massive Attack, Ruts DC) and thus spreading
the vibe to millions and millions.
All this is
captured in "A Ruff Guide To Ariwa
Sounds". All this, and some more
things. Like the crucial mixing skills of