King Jammy: Waterhouse Dub (VP, 2017)

September 9, 2017 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

King Jammy: Waterhouse Dub

As soon as I pressed play on this one, I knew I was in for something incredible. This is an album of all new mixes from dub legend King Jammy, with assistance from his sons. Jammy produced numerous roots records in the ’70s, helped bring dancehall into the digital age, and has released an enormous number of dub albums as well. On this album, he revisits a lot of his older roots songs, dipping into the early electronic dancehall sound, but it’s packed with all the wildness of the best, weirdest dub. Sirens, rewinds, airhorns, sound effects, disconcerting amounts of echo, deejay shoutouts, everything you could want from dub. This is the type of album that seems like it was created with a complete and total disregard for any type of commercial potential, just a love for creating bizarre, bugged-out sounds simply for the fun of it. This as well as Adrian Sherwood’s recent album with Pinch prove that the biggest envelope-pushers of dub’s earlier generations are still creating some of the genre’s best work today. Ridiculously good.

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