Jul 1 2022

David Byrne Presents: Dub-Society Tearing Itself Apart

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Chief Inspector Dennis Bovell
A Murderous Dub Papa Levi
East of the River Nile (feat. Dennis Bovell) Zara McFarlane
Zombie Zones Dennis Bovell
Dread Lion The Upsetters
Sweet Feelings Three Star
Ride De Riddim Ras Demo
Inna Mi Yard Papa Levi
Coldcut & On-U Sound Vitals (feat. Roots Manuva)
Revolution (feat. Dennis Emanuel) Rebel MC
Croaking Lizard The Upsetters & Prince Jazzbo
Blackout Dub Papa Levi
Hari Up Hari Adrian Sherwood
Crunch Playgroup
Time (Featuring Corey Harris & Ranking Joe) Easy Star All-Stars
UK All Stars in Dub (Adrian Sherwood Remix) Congo Natty
Zion's Blood The Upsetters
Tribal Base (Foundation Mix) Rebel MC, Tenor Fly & Barrington Levy
Street Tuff (feat. Rebel MC) Double Trouble
Better World (Peace Mix) Rebel MC
Super Ape The Upsetters
Divide and Rule (feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry, Junior Reid, Elan & Adrian Sherwood) Coldcut & On-U Sound
One Night Dub Papa Levi
Jouissance (Adrian Sherwood On-U Sound "Pure Enjoyment" Dub) Harvey Sutherland & Adrian Sherwood
Different Dub Dennis Bovell
I Chase the Devil Max Romeo & The Upsetters
No Dog Jazz Adrian Sherwood
Acid Tabla Dub Suns of Arqa
Mechanical Movements Part 22 Tackhead
Beat Your Chest (feat. Roots Manuva & Adrian Sherwood) [Japanese Bonus Track] Coldcut & On-U Sound
War Ina Babylon Max Romeo & The Upsetters
Mandela Version The Abyssinians
The Ghost (Marcus Garvey) Burning Spear
King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown Augustus Pablo
Princess Dub Dennis Bovell
Black Wa-Da-Da (Invasion) Burning Spear
Animal Magic Adrian Sherwood
Return of the Super Ape Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters

Is Jamaican dub one of the prime roots of hip hop? Logically it would seem so… Sound system operators would request an instrumental version of a track to see if folks danced to it - and naturally a DJ might pick up a mic to hype and introduce the track about to be played. This would appear to naturally evolve into “toasting” - vocal exhortation and even rhymes over the instrumental backing track. Not to mention - there were plenty of Jamaicans in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

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From wikipedia RE: roots of dub

Initially these [instrumental] acetates would simply be the standard recording of a song that wasn't yet released on a single, but around 1968-69 they started to be exclusive mixes with some or all of the vocal mixed out, as described by producer Bunny Lee:

"Yeah...it was really VERSION those days - it wasn't dub yet beca' it was jus' the riddim. One day an incident: Ruddy's (sound system operator Ruddy Redwood) was cutting dub, an when it start, Smithy (recording engineer Byron Smith) look like 'im start bring on the voice and Ruddy's say: no, mek it run and 'im take the whole backing track off it. 'Im say, alright, run it again, and put in the voice. 'Im didn't do no more like that yet."

After describing how Redwood then had his deejay first play the vocal version and then the instrumental version at a dance, and how popular this novelty was, Lee continued,

"The next day now, 'im start it and just bring in the riddim. Or...down in the tune, bring a little voice and drop it out again...yes. Ruddy use to handle that part himself, drop in the voice and drop it out. All Smithy do was cut the dub..."[13]

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Often these tracks are used for "toasters" rapping heavily rhymed and alliterative lyrics. These are called "DJ Versions". In forms of sound system based reggae, the performer using a microphone is referred to as the "DJ" or "deejay" (where in other genres, this performer might be termed the "MC", meaning "Master of Ceremonies", or alternately, the later developed slang terms: "Microphone Commander" or "Mic Control"), and the person choosing the music and operating the turntables is called the "selector" (sometimes referred to as the DJ in other genres).

A major reason for producing multiple versions was economic; a record producer could use a recording he owned to produce numerous versions from a single studio session. A version was also an opportunity for a producer or remix engineer to experiment and express their more creative side. The version was typically the B-side of a single, and used for experimenting and providing something for DJs to talk over, while the A-side was more often dedicated to the original vocal-oriented track.

Yale professor Michael Veal described dub as "the sound of a society tearing itself apart at the seams”. His book, “Starship Africa”, says that the African diaspora is reflected in dub by the "extensive use of reverberation/delay devices and the fragmentation of the song surface" – he considers dub's use of reverb a "sonic metaphor for the condition of diaspora." Veal wrote that dub creators used echo and reverb to elicit memories of African culture in their listeners.[28] King Tubby, Lee Perry, Eroll Thompson, Mad Professor, Jah Shaka, Denis Bovell and Lynton Kwesi Johnson influenced rock musicians. From the 1980s forward, dub has been influenced by, and has in turn influenced, techno, dubtronica/dub techno, jungle, drum and bass, dubstep, house music, punk and post-punk, trip hop, ambient music, and hip hop.

Jul 1 2022

David Byrne Presents: Dub-Society Tearing Itself Apart

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Chief Inspector Dennis Bovell
A Murderous Dub Papa Levi
East of the River Nile (feat. Dennis Bovell) Zara McFarlane
Zombie Zones Dennis Bovell
Dread Lion The Upsetters
Sweet Feelings Three Star
Ride De Riddim Ras Demo
Inna Mi Yard Papa Levi
Coldcut & On-U Sound Vitals (feat. Roots Manuva)
Revolution (feat. Dennis Emanuel) Rebel MC
Croaking Lizard The Upsetters & Prince Jazzbo
Blackout Dub Papa Levi
Hari Up Hari Adrian Sherwood
Crunch Playgroup
Time (Featuring Corey Harris & Ranking Joe) Easy Star All-Stars
UK All Stars in Dub (Adrian Sherwood Remix) Congo Natty
Zion's Blood The Upsetters
Tribal Base (Foundation Mix) Rebel MC, Tenor Fly & Barrington Levy
Street Tuff (feat. Rebel MC) Double Trouble
Better World (Peace Mix) Rebel MC
Super Ape The Upsetters
Divide and Rule (feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry, Junior Reid, Elan & Adrian Sherwood) Coldcut & On-U Sound
One Night Dub Papa Levi
Jouissance (Adrian Sherwood On-U Sound "Pure Enjoyment" Dub) Harvey Sutherland & Adrian Sherwood
Different Dub Dennis Bovell
I Chase the Devil Max Romeo & The Upsetters
No Dog Jazz Adrian Sherwood
Acid Tabla Dub Suns of Arqa
Mechanical Movements Part 22 Tackhead
Beat Your Chest (feat. Roots Manuva & Adrian Sherwood) [Japanese Bonus Track] Coldcut & On-U Sound
War Ina Babylon Max Romeo & The Upsetters
Mandela Version The Abyssinians
The Ghost (Marcus Garvey) Burning Spear
King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown Augustus Pablo
Princess Dub Dennis Bovell
Black Wa-Da-Da (Invasion) Burning Spear
Animal Magic Adrian Sherwood
Return of the Super Ape Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters

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