Bullwackie's All Stars

Natures Dub

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During the early '80s, New York-based reggae producer Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes was creating some of the most well-crafted traditional dub reggae anywhere, including Jamaica. Unfortunately, the albums he made did not fare well in the transitional period between vinyl LPs and compact discs, and most of his catalog was either out of print or virtually impossible to obtain by the end of the decade. A CD reissue campaign in 2002 brought this dub album back into the marketplace, and it's a gem. Featuring rhythms courtesy of the Bullwackies All Stars and the New Breed Band, as well as occasional singjay vocals by Jah Batta, Natures Dub is jam-packed with dark, smoky dub grooves that hark back explicitly to the sound of Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark without sounding wholly derivative. Among the highlight tracks are the legendary "Rockfort Rock," with its faint whiff of flute and descending bassline, and a nice cut of the Junior Delgado classic "Sons of Slaves." A must-have for any dub collection.

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