Volume 6 is special one. We are lucky enough to have the very talented Wageslave take time out from his busy schedule to provide us with his Dusk Dubs selections. Wageslave has been producing some of the finest records for sometime now, under his previous name '27B', and more so now as Wageslave. His experiments in minimalist beats, bass and electronica have captured the souls of many like minded producers and DJ's. He is also the curator of the byte podcast where listeners will be taken on a half-hour adventure through the darker realms of high-quality electronica.
This is a pure treat from start to finish! I'll say no more, over to the very infamous Wageslave!
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Below is a word from this weeks selector, plus his amazing selections:
When I decided to get my tracks together, I was thinking about the meaning of the word “dub”. When dub first came out, a “dub” meant a “version” of the original track, so it got me thinking of versions and of course cover versions, so most of my selection are versions of other tracks, often quite well known ones...
1. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Enter The Dragon. The legendary dub madman made an album influenced by the kung-fu craze that swept thru the 70’s... not a cover version as such, this track is certainly inspired by the movie of the same name... Bruce Lee meets Scratch Perry? A winning combination!
2. Disco Dub Band – For the Love of Money – a 1976 dubby funky version of The O’Jay’s classic.
3. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Disco Devil. Any old-skool ravers out entering their twilight years, like yours truly, will remember the early Prodigy material, and recognise this vocal instantly!
4. Jah Division – Dub Will Tear Us Apart. I accidentally stumbled across this version on Youtube a while back. Really rare track to find, only 600 copies were pressed to 7-inch by a New York label. I had to rip this audio off Youtube unfortunately; would LOVE to hear it on vinyl!
5. Shinehead – Billly Jean. Shinehead gives this classic Jacko a bit of edge: “she was more like a beauty queen, with an M-16...” Shoddy production just enhances the feel, in my opinion.
6. King Tubby – Take 5 Dub. I’ve been a huge fan of the Dave Brubeck version of this track for a long time, so to hear Tubby’s take on it is an absolute pleasure.
7. Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’) – 12” Dub Version. The uber-talented soul man gets dubby on his ode to Bob Marley.
8. Sly Dunbar – Inner City Blues. One half of Sly & Robbie steps into some very big shoes – covering Marvin Gaye is not to be taken lightly, but I think he pulls it off pretty well.
9. Lucky Dube – House of Exile. My favourite song by Africa’s “King of Reggae.” I was fortunate enough to be living in South Africa as apartheid crumbled, and shared and experienced so many positive experiences during that time. Dube had been a powerful voice of freedom during the darker years, appreciated by people from all walks of life, even connecting with privileged and often ignorant white kids like myself through his music. This shining light of South African music and culture was unfortunately taken from us too early, when the 43-year-old was shot dead by car-jackers as they attempted to steal his vehicle.
10. The Clash – Robber Dub. I was never a fan of punk, really, but The Clash still appealed to me, as they often ventured into ska and more dubby territory, like this ace version of their “Bankrobber” track.
11. Horace Andy – so many versions of this track, but few have a voice as unique as Horace Andy’s!
12. The Aggrovators – Dub On My Pillow. I love the way this starts off all kinda freaky and screechy... before turning in a sweet little version of a much-covered track. Anyone seen “Grease”?
13. Roots Manuva – Witness Dub. What more can I say? I love the original, but this dub version “Witness” is superb!