Ahead of October's Sub-Sonic Live, curated by David Rodigan M.B.E. and featuring live music from Jamaican music legend Lee "Scratch" Perry (pictured) and new British Reggae music from Resonators, take a listen to our 10 track Reggae and Dub influenced primer, including The Upsetters, Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Heptones, Max Romeo, The Orb and more...
For some background information about the tracks we've picked, see below:
Prince Buster - Al Capone
Legend has it Lee "Scratch" Perry began his musical career working, alongside fellow musician and Ska legend, Prince Buster, for Clement Seymour "Sir Coxsone" Dodd. Dodd's various musical enterprises and sound systems were pivotal in shaping the emerging Ska and Reggae scene in Jamaica.
Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters - Jungle Lion
Following his parting from Clement Seymour, Lee "Scratch" Perry earned himself a formidable nickname in the form of 'The Upsetter' - his house band taking the title, The Upsetters. "Jungle Lion" comes from their seminal 1969 reggae album "Return of Django".
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Soul Rebel
The title track of Bob Marley & The Wailers' 1970 album of the same name, their first to be released outside of Jamaica. The track represents a landmark in reggae history, an early collaboration between Marley and Perry, with Perry's stripped back experimental production forming much of the album's mood.
Max Romeo & The Upsetters - Chase The Devil
The Upsetters lend the backing to this classic Perry produced reggae track - which of course enjoyed a second life as key the component of The Prodigy's "Out Of Space" years later in 1992 at the tail end of the Rave subculture.
King Tubby - King of Zion Dub (feat. Barry Brown)
Another innovator of Dub, who would work with Perry in the mid 1970s, King Tubby was an accomplished electronics engineer. Aside from his own recordings, King Tubby did much in perfecting the echo and reverb effects now associated with Reggae and Dub. "King Of Zion" appears on David Rodigan's "Dubwize Shower" compilation.
Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters - Super Ape
1976 saw The Upsetters release "Super Ape", released via Perry's Upsetter label, and recorded at his own Black Ark studio. "Super Ape" demonstrates perfectly the evolution of Dub from its parent Reggae.
The Heptones - Sufferers Time
Recorded at The Black Ark, The Heptones 1977 album "Party Time" was unavailable for years, before being re-released by Island records. As well as producing the album, Lee "Scratch" Perry is credited as writer on "Sufferers Time" the final track.
The Orb and Lee "Scratch" Perry - Soulman
Now in his seventies, but ever the innovator, Lee "Scratch" Perry's recent output includes albums collaborating with fellow recording pioneers, The Orb. "Soulman" is very much in the spirit of Dub, with Perry's almost mystical presence adding an unmistakable extra dimension.
Resonators - Try Again
Championed by David Rodigan himself, representing new British Reggae and Dub, Resonators count Lauren Laverne and Craig Charles amongst their other notable fans. "Try Again" is taken from Resonator's 2012 album "The Constant".
Mr Jospeh (feat. David Rodigan) - Rodigan
Best known as a driving force for Reggae and Dub in the UK, enough so that it earned him his MBE, David Rodigan is also associated with the Drum n Bass and Dubstep scenes. Rodigan features here as a vocal sample on this Drum n Bass track, sampled at the moment he drops a Prince Buster track, which takes us neatly back to the beginning of the list.