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.

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In the last hour, d.j.

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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.

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