Monday, April 27, 2015

006: 80's Dub Pop Factory


The word 'dub' is most commonly referencing a form of spacey, mainly instrumental reggae invented by master technician (and electrician) King Tubby in the homeland of bass music, Jamaica. With warped, skewed and heavily delayed instrumentation and snippets of vocals, dub reggae brought a concentrated focus on the groove of the drum and bass, creating a pulsating ambient island sound. The dub, often times the b-side of a record, was of good use for sales as well as DJ's, and was soon being recontextualised and churned out at rapid pace in the world of hip-hop, rock and pop. Above are a few results from the 1980's pop-dub experimentation. Some act more or less as instrumentals, while others provide a complete alternative to the original track -- echo-filled and delightful. 
To me, these dubs are very telling of things that would come in the 90's electronic scenes (say, dub techno), and even at times sounding quite cutting edge by today's pop standards. These dubs show a groovy, psychedelic side to a decade of pop music that regularly seems to be lacking such elements. With endless sample-ability for the modern day producer and groove-ability for your Saturday nights, enjoy some some gems from the 80's dub pop factory.

Personal favorite tracks include: Loose Ends - Hanging on a String, and Tina's Afterglow (Glowing Dub)