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Take heed dub fans! Rare-as-hen's-teeth, 1976 dub album, considered by many to be one of the holy grails of the genre and certainly a high watermark in both Winston Riley and King Tubby's catalogue. Consisting of robust Techniques rhythms, produced by Winston before being dismantled and reconstructed by King Tubby, it was originally released as an edition of only 300, making it one of the most sought after trad dub albums in history!

Re-issued with all the love and care we've come to expect from Dub Store, Japan, this is a truly breathtaking set, showing just how pioneering Winston and Tubby where - laying down the foundations for another 40 years of dub. Recording and mixing techniques used here make the vinyl sound years, if not dimensions ahead of its time; the hats fizz and crackle, the bass booms and rumbles and delicate tape delays gust around the recesses; vinyl never breathed so heavily until now! It's perfect in every way - don't delay!


Trad dub cuts here in that authentic stylee from the High Note and Gay Feet labels .A selection of rocking rhythms from The Revolutionaries masterminded by Jamaica's finest female record producer, Mrs Sonia Pottinger, and mixed by Duke Reid's nephew, Errol Brown, chief engineer at the legendary Treasure Isle studio. This is new to me, but sounding lush, dreamy and fully legit. It's definitely in tune with Tubby's original sound, full of squelchy delays, aggressive tape echoes and warbling flange plus that all important magical element - spacial ambience (summat I think the new school of dub producers need to remember when they're utilizing their endless digital multitracks and plug-ins...). Yep, really strong hear, surprised she's never crossed my radar. Get involved! 

The "Digital Revolution" occurred in the Jamaican music industry courtesy of a single preset on the Casio MT-40 keyboard, retailing at £100 (ish). Hidden away as a 'rock' rhythm and created by Casio engineer Hiroko Hikuda, it went on to appear on 250 different records and define Jamaica's digi age.

King Jammy, owner and producer of the Jammys label used the rhythm to greatest effect, his label dominated the Jamaican scene between 1985 and 1989, releasing a huge amount of material. Dub Store Records has compiled the best of the 80's heavyweight Dancehall from the Jammys catalogue. Both the vinyl and cd feature the full vocal versions AND the dubs.

 A crucial selection for all Dancehall lovers.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: One of the best things about working here is that more often than not, in a strange twist of cosmic synchronicity; you’ll start to obsess about a producer or band and desire after much of their back catalogue only to find that it’s hopelessly out of press or expensive. Just when you’ve given up hope, some prestigious label like Dub Store decide to reissue all the best bits for your personal listening pleasure! Such is the case here – King Jammy is up there in my top 3 reggae producers. His 80s, digital style is unlike most other producers in the dub and reggae camps, and tracks like Tonto Irie’s “Ita Ring” have become some of the most sought after hits in my wants list. Omitting the former holy grail (7”’s go for about £80), this compilation, pressed beautifully by Dub Store Japan has loads of Jammy’s other hits, some well known, other’s not as much.


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