When In Dub was first released back in 1989, it spearheaded a new age in homegrown British reggae driven by Nick Manasseh and Steve ‘Scruff’ Guilder. This re-release is a timely reminder of what they started with deep roots on a skeleton dub form, and its influence on today’s reggae, dub and dubstep can be felt throughout.
This dedication to London’s roots reggae scene comes through the music on this essential re-release.
With the sunshine returning to British shores for another summer, the classic sounds of In Dub provide an ideal warm up for lazy days outside which will surely become a regular player on the stereo come June. There are few vocals, save for a couple of odd lines, as it provides a more spiritual flavour for DJs and MCs to play with: this is raw dub and so much better for it. Recorded between 1986 and 1988 at a small eight-track studio in west London, the humble surroundings made for an album full of passion for the music. As reggae and dub have evolved and dubstep has taken elements of the latter to form a genre of its own, you can hear many of the intrinsic sounds here on an album from 20 years ago.
Together with the eight offerings on the original In Dub album, this release also comes with a second CD featuring seven tracks which were originally intended for the follow-up release plus demos and unreleased mixes of In Dub tracks which only appeared as one-off dub plates played on Nick’s Manasseh Sound System which he custom built and premiered at 1985’s Notting Hill Carnival. This dedication to London’s roots reggae scene comes through the music on this essential re-release.