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Alborosie meets King Jammy - Dub of Thrones

Alborosie meets King Jammy - Dub of Thrones

Alborosie meets King Jammy - Dub of Thrones

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King Jammy and Alborosie Do Dub.


Given the state of the music business, it’s good that VP Records\Greensleeves continue to issue reggae music in all shapes and sizes. It’s even better that much of their produce is of a high quality – including this latest release, that sees old timer and highly regarded King Jammy link with the popular Alborosie. This is an experimental dub volume entitled ‘Dub Of Thrones’ – a title no doubt nodding to the popular television series ‘Game Of Thrones’. And this analogue dub extravaganza is coming at you in CD, vinyl and digital formats.

Alborosie meets King Jammy - Dub of ThronesThe tracks were assembled at Jammy’s and Shengen’s Studios in Kingston – where Alborosie has long re-located for the purpose of completing his ‘internship’ at the foot of the masters, much as King Jammy himself did many years ago with the late King Tubby.

Opened by the legendary Daddy U-Roy – with his deep bass blast – the instruction is to ‘run the track Jack’. And that’s exactly what King Jammy does, via a lively (‘Ba Ba Boom’ rhythm) reverberating ‘A Dub Of Ice And Fire’ track. Thereafter the 11 tracks alternate between the artists, with Alborosie threatening to lift the roof off the house with ‘Dub The Seven Kingdoms’ (via the ‘Every Tongue Shall Tell’ rhythm) before King Jammy serves to lively up the pace with a beautifully brass-embellished ‘Iron Throne Dub’.

Alborosie’s ‘Rise Up Dub’ and ‘Great Wall Of Dub’ ease the pace thereafter, interspersed by his counterpart’s familiar beat (‘Please Be True’ rhythm) in ‘A Winter Of Dub’, that serves up some repetitive musical strains. Jammy then gainfully sets the compilation alight with another familiar (‘Hypocrites’) rhythm via ‘Lords Of Dub’, before his Italian mate again cools the pace via a precipitately titled ‘King Of The Dub Clash’ track. This provokes Jammy to inquire ‘Who Claims The Throne?’. But given the absence of the most powerful musical instrument of them all (i.e. the human voice) on the album – beyond the aforementioned input from U-Roy and Errol Dunkley (with Puppa Albo) on the grand finale ‘Dub Cinderella’ track - we’ll have to wait for the promised tour to get an answer to that question.

Winding down the compilation, Alborosie’s preference for an easy pace is again manifested in the (sometimes bouncy) ‘Dragon Fire Dub’, before Jammy signs off with another (‘Hold The Handle’ rhythm) pacey piece entitled ‘Dub Feast’.

For a variety of reasons it’s always good news to hear that a reggae posse is going on tour. And so it is already evident with regard to King Jammy and Alborosie in support of this release. As the promo literature for this ‘Dub Of Thrones’ release advises, it’s: ‘speaker-shaking, neighbour-waking and no-prisoner taking bass .. to be played at high volume for maximum effect’. No doubt it will be. However, hopefully they’ll appease the masses and add some ‘hit tunes’ to the live set from their immense back catalogues. Then the masses will surely go home successfully sated.

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