February 2015 Echo Chamber Archives

Feb. 6th has over the course of dub and reggae history become a landmark date, marking the births of Bob Marley, Derrick Harriott AND Third World frontman Anthony ("Bunny Rugs") Clarke, and, tragically, the senseless murder of Osbourne ("King Tubby") Ruddock (2/6/89). Marley is saluted in his songs as performed by everybody from Céu, Marisa Lindsay and Phyllis Dillon to Prince Wadada, Lee "Scratch" Perry, David "Fathead" Newman and more, in addition to classic recordings and remixes of the King of Reggae himself.

Wow! So many new releases tonight that they nearly filled Dr. StrangeDub’s 2 hour set. Kicked off the show with the excellent new collection “International Dubsters United – Vol.1” (on Boom One) with Phil harmony’s “Capital City Dub”. Followed taht with new releases from Citizen Sound, Kandee Dub, Addis Pablo, Horseman, Jah Bless, Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal, Tzelalot, Tokyo Tower, AUX1 (dubbing the Wailers), Kafinal (ft. U-Roy), Intended Immigration, 11 Acorn Lane, Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, U-Niko Dubs, Jah9 (ft. Puraman & Atiiba), Clinton Fearon, Manudub (from the “Dub Bibliotheque – vol. 1 on Svaha Sound), and Dub Syndicate. And this was just the new releases… Filled things out with tunes from Gaudi, Tack>>Head, Third World, Janet Kay, Hollie Cook, Delroy Wilson, The Robustos, 60 Channels, Analog Players Society, Tommy McCook, and more…

Another show alll over the map…with lots of new, lots of old, and even an excerpt from a radio show done by Sherwood & Pinch on the BBC. Started off with the new double-CD dub collection “International Dubsters United” on Boom One with the Riverside Rockers. Followed up with new releases from Xana Romeo (yes, Max’s daughter), Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal, Kandee, L&S SymfHoney, Bryan Art, Celt islam, Don Fe, Beam Up, Jah Bless, Dub Syndicate, Leilani Wolfgramm, and Black Roots. Also new tonight was the comprehensive Yabby You “Dread Prophecy” 3-CD box set on Shanachie Records.

In the last hour, DJ Baby Swiss selected “The Evolution of Jamaican Rhythm,” winding his way from the boogie shuffle of Owen Gray’s “Mash It!” (parts 1 & 2 issued as one track for the first time ever on Trojan’s 3cd Jamaican R&B box set; it had started life as two sides of a 45), through Skatalites and Silvertones ska cuts, Lyn Taitt evolving ska into rocksteady, a couple of U-Roy classics including his toast on the Paragons’ “On the Beach,” early reggae in the form of Bob Marley’s Lee Perry-produced “Kaya” (versions 1 and 2), an Augustus Pablo/King Tubby mini-set, a Joe Gibbs reggae “showcase” discomix (a song, segued into a version on the same riddim track), some Sly & Robbie, and lastly Niney the Observer dubbing The Heptones to wind things up. Swiss had to chat ‘pon dat last one; showtime was running out.

Kicked off the last show in February with the title track from the excellent new Zion Train “Land of the Blind” album featuring Jazzmin Tutum. Followed this up with new releases from Tiwony (from the “Roots Rebel” album on 7 Seals), Bryan Art, Black Roots, Mexican Stepper, Henry Wu, Carlene Davis, Kabaka Pyramid, Lalabela Roots & Sennid, Dub Agriculture & Ijahdan Taurus, Yabby You (from the excellent 3-CD “Dread Prophecy” on Shanachie), and Meklit & Dub Colossus. Also in Dr. StrangeDub’s set was a dubplate special on the Sidewalk riddim from the great DJ David Rodigan, and a track from the Haitian group Lakou Mizik dedicated to the group’s accordian player Allen Juste who just passed away this month. Finally, friend of the show guest DJ Automatic Slim (Randy) took over the controls for short set and selected some choice tracks from Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, King Tubby/Soul Syndicate, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, and Yabby You.

The after-the-half highlight was DJ Baby Swiss’ all-Merkaba-label deep-dubstep set featuring usual suspects Kalya Scintilla (Australia) and Soulacybin (Colorado), but also Mindex (Russia) and three choice cuts from Minneapolis’ own Bogtrotter! Check out that “El Bombo Atomico”>“Macaroni” mix (Tipsy>Perfume)… The fact that a city with the tragic history of Hiroshima could mere decades later grace the world with the crystalline sonic splendor of Perfume is one of those things that inspires this DJ to believe that we mere humans can overcome the obstacles before us and make it after all. We just need more artists and fewer generals.