Jah Shaka

Commandments of Dub, Vol. 1

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Jah Shaka's Commandments of Dub, Vol. 1 has a unique dub style that sets itself apart from other roots records. Throughout the album, Jah Shaka uses less organic sounding effects and plays with the rhythms sonically. His obsession with an effect that sounds like a siren doesn't fade and gives the album an overall character. Ringing chimes, pops and echoes color the tracks with a very recognizable style. Jah Shaka's production skills are impressive but he doesn't dub any standout rhythms. The clean sound of the bass and drums doesn't back up what he is doing behind the mixing desk, and it robs the record of some of its potential. Commandments of Dub, Vol. 1 is a layered, well-mixed album that shows Jah Shaka's unique dubwise technique but doesn't have the rough pounding rhythms that so many roots-dub records have. The bass and drums are loud and at the forefront but don't have the edge of a Keith Hudson or a Joe Gibbs' production. Commandments of Dub, Vol. 1 is an eerie mix with definite appeal for fans of dub production.

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