Various Studio One Dub 2

Getting a new Studio One comp from Soul Jazz is like tuning in to a favourite TV show — you love the characters and can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. The first compilation of dub from the venerable Jamaican label was one of their best ever, and this one may just top it. As has been the trend with Soul Jazz comps since Studio One owner Coxsone Dodd’s death, the selection is deep and obscure yet well paced and familiar. Starting with a drum and bass restatement of the Spinners’ "I’ll Be Around,” featuring typically velvety organ work by Jackie Mittoo, a variety of dub approaches are surveyed, each one succinctly annotated by dub authority Michael Veal. From barely retouched instrumental versions of Alton Ellis hits to ethereal workouts wherein the entire mix is swamped with delay (the Brentford Road Band’s "Moses Version” is a highlight), the many moods of Coxsone the dub artist are thoroughly explored. Between the selection and the superior liner notes, this one gets a very high rating. (Soul Jazz)