Ancient Mountain – Ghetto Dub Vol. 2

by Jan 26, 2021Mini-Review, Reviews

Release Info

Ancient Mountain – Ghetto Dub Vol. 2

Label: Ancient Mountain Records | Format: DR | Street date: January 25, 2021

Tracks

  1. Golden Dub
  2. Rebel Dub
  3. Iron Dub
  4. Rooster Clubmix
  5. Building Dubs
  6. Gideon Dub
  7. Lockdown Dub
  8. Pure Dub
  9. Vitamin Dub
  10. Bongomania
  11. Conscious Dub
Ancient Mountain - Ghetto Dub Vol. 2

Ancient Mountain Records, the 2018 founded German project label/company dedicated to roots reggae is probably best known for releasing singles & albums with artists like Robert Dallas, Junior Timba, and the recently deceased Ras Pacey, whose 2020 album Gideon Suit attracted notable attention. And now, The label has unleashed the follow up to Ancient Mountain’s 2019 album Ghetto Dub Vol. 1.

Ancient Mountain, comprised of experienced musicians Martin Musch (drums, percussion, mixing engineer) and Markus Dassmann (bass, piano, Hammond organ, guitar, synth), have recorded 11 tracks at the Ancient Mountain Studio in the rural areas of northern Germany. Their offerings are inspired by the recordings and mixes from the mid-to-late ’70s heyday of roots reggae. And thus it’s not really surprising that the first track, Golden Dub, can be recognized as a well-done interpretation of Soul Syndicate’s Red, Gold And Green from their 1997 album Harvest Uptown, Famine Downtown. Next comes the wicked Rebel Dub, on which German roots singer Uwe Banton plays rhythm guitar and furthermore comes forward with a few vocal snippets in the mix. Having worked with Ras Pacey and Robert Dallas, one could expect this set to include versions of tunes that were recorded with these two artists. Robert Dallas’ voice is heard in tracks like Iron Dub, Building Dubs, and Pure Dub (the latter being the version of Jah Love Is Pure), while Ras Pacey is present with dubbed up versions of Gideon Suit (Gideon Dub) and Conscious Music (Conscious Dub). Some of the tracks on this album are rather instrumentals than real dubs, but that surely doesn’t imply they aren’t any good.

An entertaining album throughout that raises expectations for new releases by Ancient Mountain Records in 2021.