Saturday, November 29, 2008

Jah Shaka - New Testaments of Dub Part 1

This is one of my all-time favorite dub reggae albums. It consists of very minimalistic dub with a heavy emphasis on deep bass accompanied by layered synth delays that blend in and out. It’s perfect for testing out your subwoofers.

Incidentally, in the mid-90’s, I attended a few of the Jah Shaka Sound System nights at the Rocket in Holloway Road, London. Shaka would use only one record deck and the sound was pumped out from all four sides of the room through large stacks of speakers each with a public address system horn mounted on the top. The bass was amazing and you could feel each note resonate through different parts of your body. I even witnessed deaf people attend because they could sense the music.

I see he’s still doing nights with his sound system so if you are in the area, I recommend checking it out. There’s info on his website here.

From his website:

Right from the beginning he [Shaka] was preaching how sound-system was the true medium of the people, capable of passing on vital messages unable to be heard anywhere else.

Hope you enjoy this music. Appreciated best when incredibly stoned and not for light-weights.

1. Promise Dub
2. Real Dub
3. Natty Dub
4. Testament Dub
5. Armagedeon Dub
6. Right Dub
7. Alert Dub
8. Halilujah Dub
9. Sunshine Dub
10. History Dub

Feel the dub here.


a-g said...

Cheers dude, like you say this is an awesome album. Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

thanks for writing about this album, am seriously enjoying it! pdc