Various Artists

Dubwise & Otherwise, Vol. 2

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Dub music has been part of the Jamaican musical landscape for many years now, and this compilation from the Blood & Fire label trawls through their releases to celebrate it -- again. While not all the tracks are outright dub -- Gregory Isaacs, the Tamlins, and Big Youth all spring immediately to mind -- they all have at least a few touches of the stuff about them. But what's also interesting is that, emerging from the wreckage of reverb and delay, King Tubby's "Bag a Wire Dub" emerges as the most fully formed and sophisticated piece among the 17 here. That's perhaps no big surprise, since he was the dub master, but there's plenty of heavyweight talent included, not least Johnny Clarke, or the Impact Allstars, whose "Easy Come Dub" is also a standout with its background swirl of guitar. Essentially, though, this is an advertisement for the label itself, putting little teasers in the shop window. And there's nothing wrong with that, not when you have a catalog this good.