Signs & Wonders In Dub
LP / Digital Release
May 26, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : -||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Since 2000, the Dub Club - downstairs Echo-Plex at 1145 Glendale Blvd in Echo Park, Los Angeles - is the place to be for reggae fans from the L.A. area. Every Wednesday, club promoter, DJ and producer Tom Chasteen and his crew from the Echodelic Soundsystem, create real reggae vibes when they spin musical treasures that keep your feet moving. From the moment Chasteen discovered that the artists who made the classic reggae 45s he was playing each week were still out there and ready to perform, he started to track them down and flew them in to Los Angeles to play at the Dub Club. Anyone who wants to get a good impression of these Dub Club nights should check the 2011 released DVD "Return Of The Rub-A-Dub Style".
The latest project of Tom Chasteen along with Jamaican artist Tippa Lee is the jointly produced "Foundation Come Again", which will be released on the Stone Throw label. Preceding the release of this 19 track compilation, Stones Throw unleashes two dub albums on limited edition vinyl (also available as digital download): "Signs and Wonders In Dub" and "Bubble Dub". Both include dub versions of several tracks from "Foundation Come Again" and were mixed live to tape in one take by Chasteen. Musicians involved in creating the riddims are Eddie Ruscha (bass), Ras Benjy (drums), Freddie Flint & Mark Lightcap (guitars), Kofi & Roger Rives (keyboards) and Bongo Herman (percussion).
The dub efforts included here are fine examples of the 'old-skool' mixing style, known from people like King Tubby and Scientist when they dubbed up tunes that featured riddims played by bands like the High Time Players and Roots Radics. This dub affair starts with the entertaining "Dub Me Now Star", a well done remake of a classic riddim. Wicked bass, hard hitting drums, and vocals of Papa Kojak floating in and out the mix. "Majesty Dub" is mesmerizing dub outing without vocal parts, but with a prominent role for the bass. "Dub And Come Over" is a dynamic sounding effort with nice percussion work and echo fx. Also the rest of this album nuff niceness and is truly worthwhile hearing.
This "Signs and Wonders In Dub" set is a very solid album that will surely appeal to anyone who has fond memories of dub music produced in Jamaica in the late 70s/early 80s.