Various Artists

Dub Sac Featuring the Storytellers

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Dub Sac is the faintly disgusting name adopted for this project by underground dub wizard Doctor Echo and the Sacramento-based Storytellers, who are also joined by other local dub and reggae artists including International Farmers, the Dynamos, and Shocks of Mighty. All tracks were recorded between 1999 and 2002 on an analog 8-track recorder, which gives them a nice, warm, vintage reggae sound -- and all are dubbed up in a style that demonstrates a deep reverence for the old-school verities. There's a certain sameness that tends to creep into this type of album, and this one is no exception. But the quality is consistent as well, and there are not any weak entries on this compilation. Particular highlights include "Dub Anthem" by Who Knows (a track that nicely juxtaposes a galloping ska beat with nyahbinghi drums), a sturdy rockers number titled "The Elephant Dub" by the Storytellers, and the slow, smoky one drop groove of Price's "Found Arte." Also notice the nice vocals on International Farmers' "Bassy Man Dub" and the fine horn chart on the Storytellers' "Fighting in the Street Dub." Recommended.

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