Review: Jabesh and I David combine to great effect here for a selection of dubs that fuse the old with the new. There are classic guitars and drums on title track "Hold A Meditation" but the broad, smeared synth bass adds some contemporary cool that makes it suitable for a range of different settings. The "Dub" version has lush wet claps and mesmeric filter work before a tooting top line on "Rocktone Melody" gets you in a different state of trance. Closer "Rock To The Dub" sees I David show off his mastery of the studio buttons and rounds out a solid 7".
Family Man & Youth Professional - "Southern Version" (version) (3:51)
Review: More than 40 years after its initial release, Afrik revisit the blissed out reggae of Melford Jackson's one and only hit, "Southern Africa". At its heart is some fantastic chord work, which trills and shimmers above the rumbling drums and jangling little guitar riffs. The flip finds Jamaican reggae bass player Family Man link with Youth Professional Band for the enchantingly aimless and wandering "Southern Version", in which it is so easy, and so enjoyable, to get lost in on a lazy afternoon.
Review: Shere Khan Records got plenty of dub fans excited with their first EP, and now build on that momentum with a new one from Joe 9000 Dub. Hailing outta Leeds and no doubt a SubDub regular, he brings the bass on this meaty double sided release. "Bongo Dub" manages to sound tropical and sun kissed as well as uprising and militant while "Time Dub" is more spaced out and dreamy, the sort of tune that has you lost in your own thoughts. Versions of both tunes are also slotted into each side of the wax, each boosted with a little extra depth and make useful dancefloor tools.