The music suggests sunshine and sound systems, hot sand, and cool drinks; the bass shuffles calmly and provocatively rebellious. Dub is the art of the disk jockey they first raised to stardom in Jamaica. There were music mobiles, the “sound systems,” the replacement for missing radio stations in the fifties. The DJs, concerned about exclusivity, soon recorded their hit singles themselves, with instrumental backing for jokes and announcements. This Dub became independent at the end of the sixties due to technical progress. King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry played with reverb, echo, and retrograde tapes. After that, Dub broke away from Jamaica and went to New York or London, where his militancy goes well with punk.
There is a Dub series that has been causing a sensation for years and has been since the release of “KING SIZE DUB 1” (back then in cooperation with the cult magazine SPEX) in 1994! In the series, there were always trips to obscure counting (Vol.69) and specials about certain regions (Dub In Germany), labels (ON-U Sound Records from London), or bands (Dubmatix from Toronto)! So it’s wonderful that with KSD 25, another compilation in the series, presents Dub as a multi-layered art of sound mixing. In this edition, Echo Beach friends old and new Dub each other or offer their versions of pop and reggae hits by the likes of the Ramones, Bob Marley, Blondie, Robert Palmer, and David Bowie.