Peter Broggs

Peter Broggs in Dub: Jah Golden Throne Dubwise

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In 2000, the British Jah Warrior label released a fine modern roots reggae album by the respected (but not exactly prolific) singer Peter Broggs; it was one of only two albums he had made in the previous six years, and so was welcomed by fans of Broggs' strictly conscious roots-and-culture style. This dubwise companion to that album was released the following year on the American BSI label, and should be considered an essential purchase for anyone who owns the vocal version -- or, for that matter, anyone who just loves world-class dub. Frankly, Broggs has always had pitch problems, and one nice thing that a dub album does is minimize those problems by minimizing Broggs' actual vocal participation. His presence is there; the dub versions all contain cleverly chosen lyrical snippets, and on tracks like "Jah Jah Voice Dub" (based on a remake of a song from his 1982 debut album) and "Sinners in Dub," the eerie shreds of vocals that fly in and out of the mix add just the right mixture of mystery and spiritual commentary. On the other hand, "Rasta Nah Lose Him Dub" leaves too much vocal in, and the result is a little bit painful. Still, this is an excellent example of modern dub all in all. Highly recommended.