May 21 2008
As many who've peeped my blogstop in the past know, I have a particular love of Jamaican music and in particular the many manifestations of dub, from jungle, to hip hop, to dubstep and even within some conventional pop sounds. For those that don't know what dub is, check this out.
More than reggae without the singer, dub is an ethic that was pioneered in Jamaica from the 60's to the present is more influential to more "conventional" sounds than one might think, spinning off new genres and influencing countless others. In many ways, reggae is as ubiquitous as hip hop is often perceived to be and while reggae is the official sound of many parts of the world, it is dub that represents the recording technique that makes reggae tick.
While it has been a belief of mine that reggae and especially dub are as global (and influential) as any other
major form of music, I have never had any real proof other than my own sense and rhetoric. The day has arrived that someone has made the attempt. Brazilian Bruno Natal, film director and XLR8R Magazine writer, has recently finished his sweeping documentary on the history of dub and it's effect on on the world of dance music and the word is, breathtaking. It's called Dub Echoes, and although there are only a few limited screenings as of now, expect it to be available shortly as interest has been piqued. Until then, I have a short preview for you...