Across Step Into the Dub's 11 tracks, Halifax-based singer/songwriter Andru Branch and band Halfway Tree bridge the musical gap between dub, reggae and spiritual understanding. The six-piece roots collective pack an authentic punch, an earthy sensibility and an ear for hypnotic dub grooves.
They show clear influence from the Wailers, Burning Spear and Lee "Scratch" Perry on tracks like "Dub Is the Word," "Best Friend" and the title track. Lush joints like "Gonna Be" and "Faithful" particularly stand out as vivid, vibrant takes on a genre offshoot that can never go out of style. Branch and crew nail the technical, spiritual and music elements of an instrumental sound that both entrances and inspires. (Independent)