by: Jarret Lovell
Low End Dub Meets Marcus I - Creation Stepper e.p. - (Back In The Days)
Operating under the moniker “Low End Dub”, Fernando Izquierdo crafts electronic reggae/dub ripe for the club. This new e.p. contains the vocal track, a beautiful Sax version with Nacho Fuertes Tarin aka Jahwind, two dub versions made by Lo-End Dub and Genesis from Tucxone Records and a very special Remix from Natural High Dubs, original member of French dub pioneers High Tone and the Dub Invaders crew.
Various Artists - Treasure Isle Presents: A Tribute to Peckings - (17 N. Parade)
George Peckings was friends with Clement Dodd, owner of the famed Kingston, Jamaica Studio One responsible for popularizing reggae. But Peckings helped make reggae international by taking Studio One singles overseas to England and selling records there. He is therefore credited with creating the UK Reggae scene which would later influence punk, ska… and the rest is history. Here, his sons have compiled classic Studio One tracks from the early days in tribute to his father. These are Duke Reid productions. All classic. All essential. All good.
Tribal Seeds - Roots Party - (Tribal Seeds)
U.S. based Tribal Seeds present a nice collection of mellow roots reggae. Track 2 “Gunsmoke” features rising reggae star Protoje. “Vampire” is particularly powerful . The collection also contains 3 dub tracks. A strong release.
Anthony B - Tired of Sleeping in the Rain - (Donesome Records)
Some good conscious reggae from Jamaican reggae artist Anthony B. The title track is a mellow piece, with rain serving as a metaphor for poverty, violence and the like. “Life Is a Lesson” has lots of strong hooks with a heavy beat, and features Anthony B’s more spoken-sing-style.
Various Artists - Great and Mighty Riddim - (All Spikes Productions)
In Jamaican patois, a “riddim” is a rhythm, and a riddim release such as this features different artists singing over the same riddim (i.e., music track). Each track features a different artist putting his/her own spin on the vibe, much the same way hip-hop artists will use the same sample to rap over and make their own. The artists featured here include: Capleton, Mikey General, Anthony Cruz, Jah Thunder. While this riddim is hardly catchy, it can be fun to see how each artist creates something new.