Various Studio One Dub Vol. 2
- Words: Tomas Palermo
- Label: Soul Jazz
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Soul Jazz unearths a new bag of lost, rare, and essential dub gems from Jamaican cornerstone label Studio One, known for its melodious, time-honored riddims. With vocals cast aside and mixing-board nuances revealed, opener “I’ll Be Around” (Sound Dimension’s 1971 take on The Spinners’ hit) encapsulates these instrumentals’ understated, soulful beauty. Studio One Dub Vol. 2 offers a vibrant survey of reggae’s transition from rocksteady to roots. We hear The Heptones’ joyfully swaying “Ting-A-Ling” next to Brentford Reggae Band’s driving, steppers-style “Moses Version,” while “Peace Version"'s swirling horn echoes sit nicely beside Dub Specialist’s “Dar es Salaam” (later re-licked as Michigan & Smiley’s ’80s rub-a-dub classic “Diseases”). Vol. 2 is a fresh taste of timeless music.
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