7 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the finest dub sets released under the Wackies banner, Natures Dub is definitive of the dub aesthetic yet sounds unlike anything else in the much-heralded genre. For one thing, producer Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes was a stickler for sonic detail, and he ensured that each instrument had a unique imprint. Witness the drum sound on “Jah Natton Dub,” which resounds with the edgeless but precise impact of a round of rubber bullets. Or see the intro of “Kicking Scott,” which features a dejectedly strumming electric guitar. That sound would be at home in a '60s garage rock record but sounds totally alien in the context of a reggae tune. Barnes often draws comparison to Lee “Scratch” Perry, and while their mixes have superficial similarities, Natures Dub is strikingly sober compared to the often-intoxicated atmospheres of Perry’s Roast Fish, Collie Weed, Cornbread, or Super Ape. The colors of “Rockfort Dub,” “Slave Dub," and “Judgement Rock” are shades of a city in the dead of winter.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the finest dub sets released under the Wackies banner, Natures Dub is definitive of the dub aesthetic yet sounds unlike anything else in the much-heralded genre. For one thing, producer Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes was a stickler for sonic detail, and he ensured that each instrument had a unique imprint. Witness the drum sound on “Jah Natton Dub,” which resounds with the edgeless but precise impact of a round of rubber bullets. Or see the intro of “Kicking Scott,” which features a dejectedly strumming electric guitar. That sound would be at home in a '60s garage rock record but sounds totally alien in the context of a reggae tune. Barnes often draws comparison to Lee “Scratch” Perry, and while their mixes have superficial similarities, Natures Dub is strikingly sober compared to the often-intoxicated atmospheres of Perry’s Roast Fish, Collie Weed, Cornbread, or Super Ape. The colors of “Rockfort Dub,” “Slave Dub," and “Judgement Rock” are shades of a city in the dead of winter.

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