There are many reasons to bemoan the current state of the recording industry and music market in general, but maybe none as poignant as that market's inability to sustain a label as consistently great as Portland, OR's BSI. Over the course of five years, BSI released some of the most enjoyable (and occasionally challenging) recordings of modern reggae and dub-inflected electronica available. Artists as disparate and as celebrated as Daddy Freddy, Alpha & Omega, and Muslimgauze all found a temporary home at BSI at one point or another, not to mention the label's excellent house band, Systemwide. All of these artists and more are represented on the retrospective swan song Dub After Time: A Look Back at BSI Records, which includes previously issued tracks from Peter Broggs, Muslimgauze, Phase Selector Sound, and Alter Echo, among others, as well as previously unreleased tracks from Henry & Louis, Tone Scientist, and Bucolic. Highlights include Solomonic Sound's chugging "Blessed Dub" (previously available only on a promotional 12" vinyl release), Alter Echo's ten-ton "alter-echo.com" (previously available only on an XLR8R freebie disc), and a live instrumental version of Bucolic's "Hello." Listen and weep, all who love experimental dub, modern reggae, and intelligent electronica.
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AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson