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ARTIST
TITLE
Dubwise
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
RWR 002LP RWR 002LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/26/2017

The foundation of this dub album was created by some of the finest session musicians ever to grace the studios of 1960s and '70s Jamaica. Their instruments were the cornerstone to countless dub LPs that began to surface in the early '70s and continued on into the '80s, creating a whole new genre of music. As they did back in the early days of dub, the Kingston All-Stars gathered together in Kingston, Jamaica at Mixing Lab Studios and laid down a series of riddims that would lay the groundwork for what comes next: the singers. Both Greenwich Farm rasta, Prince Alla, and falsetto, Cedric Myton of the The Congos, contribute vocals to the album, but half of the riddims on this LP are, to date, unreleased and have yet to be voiced. The style of riddims that were created during these sessions range from the Cumbia influenced "Reyes Dub" to the Ethiopian jazz flavored "Kebra Dub" that pays tribute to the African sound system, Kebra Ethiopia sound, and shows the wide variety of influences that fuel these musicians. Tracks like "Dub Ova" combine Ansel Collins's keyboard work with Hux Brown's infectious grooves to create a funky rhythm that you have not heard the last of. "Clappers" features Sly Dunbar's big drums and another Hux groove, creating a classic skanking dub reminiscent of rhythms by The Revolutionaries band. As with all good dub albums, the tension and release as instruments are brought in and out of the mix, and are felt as they much as they are heard. The negative space left by dropping the bass is then filled with a horn line or guitar lick soaked in echo or reverb giving tracks a second life. Dubwise was mixed in Montreal by producer and engineer Mossman. The Kingston All-Stars are: Sly Dunbar, Ansel Collins, Mikey "Mao" Chung, Linford "Hux" Brown, Jackie Jackson, Robbie Lyn, Everton and Everald Gayle. In various incarnations, members of the group have been part of or recorded with Bob Marley's Wailers band, Studio One's Sound Dimension and Soul Vendors band, Lee "Scratch" Perry's Upsetters, Peter Tosh's Word Sound and Power band, Toots and the Maytals, Now Generation, and many more.