One of my favourite yet not often listened to musics. There's a (I think) King tubby quote where he says dancing to dub is like dancing in treacle. Such a sub aquatic feel to it. But there are many shades:
This was probably my first introduction. About the same time I was getting into jungle, Id crash at Naptha's basement dungeon on Thursday's after attending Ireland's first ever regular jungle night, and this album became regular bedtime listening as it just happened to be lying around. Hypnagogic imprintation of drum and bass - though the doorbells on station dub used to shock me awake. Nice provenance too, kind of a career retrospective curated by Tubby and Sherwood situated somewhere between UK digi and traditional roots.
Various – Psalms Of Drums: The Black And White Story
This was a big record for me. Absolutely beautiful, soulful reggae from Carlton Patterson's underrated 'black and white' label, with Tubby at the height of his 70's genius. Most importantly it featured a mix of vocals/DJ/dubs on the same riddim, which provided me with some tools to start joining the dots.
For example, both the DJ cut and this thunderous dub of Love is not gamble was on there:
It just so happened that I also had the Joseph Cotton set on Moll Selekta, and lo and behold I discovered the same version on one of his tunes, and there's a couple more on there as well (around 32 mins):
Released shortly after Duke Reid's death in 1975, these two LP's were mixed by Treasure Isle Engineer Errol Brown and later pirated by Coxsone Dodd. I'd be the first to admit that these are not spectacular dubs, but they are an exceptional compilation of the wellspring of reggae - the rocksteady riddims that sustained the genre for at least 20 years after their original release.