On-U Sound, in conjunction with the American label Restless, began an ambitious reissue effort with three volumes of the Classic Selection series similar to African Headcharge 's Great Vintage series but continued to make new Dub Syndicate projects such as From the Secret Laboratory and Stoned Immaculate available only on import.
Restless, though, did eventually give Stoned Immaculate and 's Echomania domestic releases. Four years later, the performance album Live at the Maritime Hall was released. The next album, Acres of Space, was recorded in Jamaica and mixed by longtime collaborator Adrian Smith. Also, in the 20 or so years since their inception they have produced music of a consistent quality and are still going strong. Moreover, the chin-scratching music trainspotters amongst us are also treated to the bass-work of Bill Laswell Material, Golden Palominos, and the producer and co-writer of the seminal "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock and the electric sitar-playing that's right, sitar on a dub record!
The whole CD just reeks of quality and authenticity. However, faithfulness to style does not make originality a victim. Style Scott prides himself on the forward-looking attitude of his band, and there is no resting on the laurels of dub here. Dub Syndicate is again looking to push the boundaries of what is acceptable in this musical approach. In this collection you can hear the use of all of the regular instruments associated with reggae, but also a few unfamiliar faces, such as the aforementioned sitar and the violin.
Okay, in actuality this is not ground-breaking stuff, but it is a slightly different take on the genre, which is refreshing to hear.
It gives an overview, but also adds something new, as it's not merely a "best of. The resulting sounds are non-stop versions of versions. It feels a little like you are actually at a dub party somewhere, with Mr Smith spinning the "wheels of steel," adding his own style to the already rub-a-dub sound of the DS.
CD two features 16 rare and unreleased versions of Dub Syndicate material. Some of these bits and pieces appear in different version on CD 1, but they are different enough to warrant inclusion. If you've never heard anything by the Dub Syndicate, this will serve as a good primer. Thievery Corporation. Digital Mystikz. The Glitch Mob. Submission Notes: optional.
Save Cancel. Contained Releases:. On-U Sound. Sell This Version. One Way System Album 10 versions. RDL Records. Strike The Balance Album 3 versions. Stoned Immaculate Album 9 versions.Rob Smith picked a couple of vocal tracks from the album produced by Lion & Roots: Acres of Space, No Bed of Roses, Mellow & Colly and Fear of a Green Planet, and reconstructed a deluxe dub sound megamix with great voices, wild effects and a deep, rootsy message.