The most innovative and prolific production collective in reggae has just released what is perhaps the year’s best dub album. Zion I Kings’ Dub In Style is an eleven track dub album livicated to the memory of Lincoln “Style” Scott, legendary drummer of the Roots Radics who was brutally murdered in his home last year. ZIK have built a solid foundation for the modern roots reggae sound with inventive and authentic productions which have had a profound effect on the quality of modern roots reggae. Their work with the Virgin Islands reggae contingent, especially their collaborations with St. Croix’s Midnite and NYC-based spit-kicker Jahdan Blakkamore, has ushered in the most inventive and transformational period for roots reggae since the Roots Radics met Henry “Junjo” Lawes at Channel One studios.
ZIK’s unique production sound is “Digital Ancient” – dynamic, modern and progressive with a spiritual intensity that almost commands a brilliant performance by the vocal artist. They can flip it dancehall style with an urban flair yet still bring the roots and culture as good as any act in reggae today. It is a sound that has clearly influenced an entire generation of aspiring roots reggae artists, especially the so-called Jamaican “reggae revival” artists.
All the riddims on Dub In Style were tracked on the same day with Style Scott at Tuff Gong Recording Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Most will be familiar to fans of ZIK as they appear on albums like Akae Beka’s Portals and Jahdan Blakkamore’s Order of Distinction. Believe me when I tell you there are some incredibly-produced dub mixes on this album. My top selection is “For the Children Dub,” a killer rework of the tune featuring vocal work from Blakkamoore and Kabaka Pyramid.
There isn’t a weak track in the mix. The album stands strong against the incredible catalog of ZIK, including the works of each individual production outfit (ZIK is a collective of producers and musicians from three production labels: Zion High Productions, I-Grade Records and Lustre Kings Productions). Other highlights include Akae beka’s “Dub A Warriah” and “Dub for Ashes” (the dub mix to Midnite’s “Beauty for Ashes”).
Dub In Style features live dub mixes from Laurent “Tippy-I” Alfred, bassist David “Jah David” Goldfine, and Lustre Kings chief producer Andrew Moon Bain. Included in this set are previously unreleased dub mixes from the likes of Akae Beka, Pressure, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Lutan Fyah, Ziggi Recado, Kabaka Pyramid and more.
Dub In Style is the best dub album released so far in a year featuring impressive dub albums from the likes of Tippa Lee and Tom Chastain, DJ Vadim, Mad Professor, and Northern Dub Mystic. Each mix is hard-driving and well orchestrated in the style that is all too familiar to ZIK fans. Considering the quality of the dub mixes they’ve released on albums I’d love to have a listen to those that are sitting in Tippy-I’s archive. Do what I did and go out and purchase this album today at Amazon or Itunes.
Dub in Style – A Zion I Kings Tribute to Style Scott
Produced by Zion I Kings
© ℗ 2016 Lustre Kings Productions
1. JAH Mercy Dub feat. Ziggi Recado, Earl Sixteen & Taranchyla
2. Cold World Dub feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore & Lutan Fyah
3. Generation Again Dub feat. Akae Beka
4. Sweetest Thing Dub feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore
5. Spare Change Dub
6. Dub for Ashes feat. Akae Beka
7. Snow Hill Dub feat. Sara Azriel
8. Dutchie Dub feat. Glen Washington & Chet Samuel
9. For the Children Dub feat. Kabaka Pyramid & Jahdan Blakkamoore
10. Dub a Warriah feat. Akae Beka
11. Nothing No Wrong Dub feat. Pressure Busspipe & Akae Beka