Reach Out International mostly focuses on '80s and '90s reggae and dub recordings, but occasionally, the label discovers some hidden treasures from the golden age of the '60s and '70s. YAH CONGO MEETS KING TUBBY AND PROFESSOR AT DUB TABLE is a fabulously entertaining example of such a discovery.
Yah Congo was a small Jamaican label and production company owned by Glen Darby, who produced most of the original 1974-1979 singles dubbed here. These rare or unreleased dub mixes find King Tubby at the top of his game, turning the 12 mellow, mid-tempo rhythms into heavily reverbed, echoey sonic landscapes where guitars and occasional snatches of vocals careen through the booming bass and rattling percussion. The last five dubs are by King Tubby's protege Professor, whose style owes much to his mentor's, adding only a greater taste for electronic effects to differentiate them. While not a revolutionary find, this is magnificent dub.