Dub Dread Roots Playlist Cover

Dub Dread Roots

Reggae really does have some of the widest variety when it comes to sub-genres falling under its broad roof. So a Dub Reggae playlist like this that leans heavily on the Dub still ends up with a wee bit Ska and a little Lover’s Rock thrown into the mix, though the overall vibe here is deep.

The fingerprints of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry are all over this thing; as both headliner and as the creeping dub ghost master channeling space vibrations into the groove. Other auteurs like King Tubby, Niney, and Mad Professor find their own place here too.

Like the great Motown hits, many of the tracks here feature similar lineups of musicians, engineers, and producers with a remarkable level of cross-pollination going on. Marking a true, localised moment of groundbreaking musical innovation, these masters crafted, cut up, and reformed the genre with every session resulting in the individuality and breadth of sound here.

Beyond these Jamaican classics there’s a thin vein of British Dub culture dotted throughout in the way of Roots Manuva, Massive Attack, Mungo’s HiFi and more. These sounds both stay true to their roots yet drift into new pastures as they bring dub versions to diverse styles. Sticking with the tradition of ‘versioning’, expect to hear similar rhythms, grooves, and bars throughout. Perfect for fans of Trojan Records, the all too short lived Island Records offshoot Mango, Studio One, and anything that came out of The Black Ark.

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