An album which almost slipped past my reggae radar is IrieVibrations Records Dub Station album which dropped on February 17, 2017. Big up to Reggaeville for the proper album review, otherwise I might have missed this fine gem. The Austrian reggae label founded in 2003 by the brothers Professa (Label Management) and Syrix (Producer) is known for a signature sound that is well known throughout Europe, blending reggae, dancehall, hip hop, soul and R’n’B.
Although I’m not uber-familiar with their productions, I do recall their Rub-A-Dub Market riddim from 2011, which was just hot, hot, hot. I must say that they have a heavy dub hand. Syrix drops fire and brimstone on the opener and title track “Dub Station.” The dub version to Luciano’s “Hard Road” (Rub-A-Dub Market) is truly murder in digital. This track alone is worthy of a Donald Trump immigration ban itself. In fact, this tune alone prompted me to write this post. No bullshit. Dangerous tune this one!
Other standout tracks include the dub version to Denham Smith’s “Please Natty” (pure fyah!), Kabaka Pyrmid’s “Cyaan Study Me,” Don Bonn’s “Slaves,” Natural Black’s “World In Trouble,” and Akae Beka w/ Jahcoustix “What Makes Someone Leave.”
IrieVibrations Records’ Dub Station is definitely a worthwhile set and will no doubt make its way atop my Best of 2017 list.