Black Roots – Dub Factor 2 (The Dub Judah Mixes)

by Mar 23, 2020Mini-Review, Reviews

Release Info

Black Roots – Dub Factor 2 (The Dub Judah Mixes)

Label: Nubian Records | Format: DR | Street date: March 20, 2020

  1. Take Heed
  2. Not Into War
  3. Just Look Back
  4. The People Dub
  5. Moving Dub
  6. Jah Jah Dub
  7. Mash Them Dub
  8. Dub The Youth
  9. Warning From Jah
  10. Now Is The Time
  11. Chant It Dub
  12. Show Them Dub
  13. Take Heed II (Outro Mix)
Black Roots – Dub Factor 2 (The Dub Judah Mixes)

Originally released on 3rd February 1994 on Vinyl, Cassette and CD, Black Roots’ album “Dub Factor 2 (The Dub Judah Mixes)” now gets its reissue as part of the programme by Nubian Records to make available all of Black Roots’ back catalogue on digital download and streaming platforms.

After the success of the 1991 released “Dub Factor”, which was mixed by Mad Professor, it prompted the band to follow this up with another volume of dub mixes and what better person to do this job than the eclectic, up and coming and talented producer of the time and dub head Dub Judah himself. Back in November 1993, one of the most respected names in UK Dub was doing production work for Black Roots and contributed to the recordings of their album “With Friends” at Coach House Studio in Bristol UK. Besides that he was given the freedom of the mixing desk to concoct and mould the dubs versions of songs that make up the “With Friends” set – a reworking of earlier recordings. This then became the second album in Black Roots’ “Dub Factor” series; “Dub Factor 2 (The Dub Judah Mixes)”.

Compared with Mad Professor’s dub set, Black Roots’ second dub album differs from its predecessor as it has a far more rootsy sound as Dub Judah was deeply involved in the UK Roots scene than Mad Prof ever was. All in all Dub Judah’s dub mixes, which mostly have vocal snippets coming in and out of the mix, are very good. In particular more than worth hearing are “Not Into War” (the dub to Dub Judah’s vocal cut “Tribal War”), “The People Dub”, “Dub The Youth” (“dubbed out version of “Juvenile Delinquent”), “Show Them Dub” and the mind-blowing final track titled “Take Heed II (Outro)”.

Some twenty-five years after its original release, this reissue shows that listening to UK produced roots reggae and dub can still be a very joyful experience.