Friday, May 10, 2013

New Reggae/Dub Discovery: Stones Throw & Dub Club - Signs & Wonders In Dub

On the heels of the wonderful Lions album This Generation, comes another full blast of Jamaican awesomeness, by way of LA, on Stones Throw Records. Stones Throw and the Los Angeles-based reggae club night Dub Club have joined forces to release a scorching compilation of all new recordings by Jamaican sound system legends entitled Dub Club: Foundation Come Again.

The man behind this project is Tom Chasteen, a Los Angeles club promoter, DJ and producer. It was a revelation for Chasteen when he discovered that the artists who made the classic reggae 45s he was playing each week were still out there and ready to perform. He started tracking them down and flying them in to Los Angeles to play at the Dub Club.

Chasteen, along with Jamaican artist Tippa Lee, jointly produced Foundation Come Again. In addition to (and preceding) the release of Foundation Come Again, Stones Throw will release two dub albums from Dub Club: Signs and Wonders in Dub and Bubble Dub. Both include dub versions of several tracks from Foundation Come Again and were mixed live to tape in one take by Chasteen.

Chasteen says, “Dub is not just a contest to create the heaviest ever bassline, but a subtle carving away at a piece of music. The dubs on this record also keep one foot in the dancehall, where dub where was born and raised."  Both Signs and Wonders in Dub and Bubble Dub are being released exclusively on vinyl with hand screen printed in various colors and limited quantities.

Here's "Beware Dub":

This is a tremendous record - if you like dub, dancehall or any variety of reggae at all, it is something you will be very happy to get your hands on.

More to come, as we get a chance to hear Bubble Dub and Foundation Come Again. You can learn more, including viewing pictures of the screen printed album covers, at Stones Throw's website.

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