Dubby Doo, Hugh Tahir Mundell – Rockers Dub Revival
The Dub Dojo – TDD-003, CD release
Rockers Dub Revival, it’s a great name for an album and conjures up all kinds of images for us reggae fans. Whether you are a fan of the mid 70s rockers sound, the Pablo family melodica or just a big dub noise fan, then this album is for you.
The driving force behind Rockers Dub Revival is US producer and mixer Doozer ‘Dubby Doo’ Korri. He has assembled a great line up of musicians, including Addis Pablo and Hugh Tahir Mundell, sons of the late great Augustus Pablo and Hugh Mundell. The album has twenty tracks and includes their accompanying dubs and a sprinkling of versions.
Rockers Dub Revival kicks off with TW200 which sets the theme and style for this album, it reminds me of Lee Scratch Perry’s ‘City Too Hot’. It lopes along at its own speed, it doesn’t care. The vocal, bass and melodica just do their own thing and come together to make a pretty fine track. Singing and lyric duties are taken on by Hugh Mundell who has a very engaging earthy style; his voice is perfect for these laid back compositions.
The whole album is very raw and lives up to its rockers billing, but it is natural, it has the feel of guys getting together in the studio and jamming out some great tunes. The creativity is top-notch and the production spot on; if you didn’t know better you would think this was recorded in a Jamaican studio on a hot steamy day in 1977.
My favourite track is ‘A Great Smoke Arose’, which has a jangle that gives it a freaky fairground vibe. Minor chords and a subdued, contemplative Hugh makes the track feel a little sad. ‘Rasta Got the Handle’ is another track that stands out, again another downbeat track which works in the context of this serious roots collection. Like all the best Rasta albums, the message of a difficult journey that some have in life runs like a blood-red thread through the tunes. Despite its laid back approach, Rockers Dub Revival has integrity not just with its sound but also with it’s lyrics and sentiment.
The collection is due out early August on a limited run CD, released through The Dub Dojo label and available via cdbaby. You can hear some of the tracks below in this radio interview with Dubby Doo and General Culture, it kicks in from about 10:50. Pick up a copy; it’s a great addition to any collection.
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