Boomkat Product Review:
First ever vinyl reissue of classic King Tubby dub set from 1983, revolving an allstar line-up on some premium heavyweight roots dub pressure
Arriving at the latter end of dub’s golden era, ‘Majestic Dub’ is exemplary of Tubby’s studio as instrument tekkers, with the regal one at the desk joined by Prince Jammy (mixing) and overseen by Bunny Lee (producer), working the most out of riddims supplied by a crack squad including Sly & Robbie, Jackie Mittoo, and foundational players such as The Upsetters’ Earl Chinna Smith and Skully, among others.
Unavailable on vinyl for nearly 40 years, the 10 tracks are available on the original format again, playing it deep, heavy and melodic with an all killer no filler selection. It’s the sort of record one should play to someone who’s never heard dub but wants to know, running down seminal examples from the strolling bassline and ricocheting snares of ‘Dub Them Under Manners’ and achingly soulful interplay of Robbie with Jackie Mittoo’s organ in ‘This Is A Natural Dub Stylee,’ thru the brooding trod of ‘Ragga Muffin Stylee Dub’ to the grounation drums and heat haze organ warble of ‘Brighter Shade of Dub Stylee,’ and simply sending shivers down the spine with the psychedelic levity of ‘Back Out A This Dub Stylee.’