Tu Shung Peng - "Gordon Town" (Melodica version) (2:35)
Trevor Roots - "Jah Love" (3:48)
Trevor Roots - "More Love" (4:23)
Moses - "Babylon System" (3:03)
Simon Dan - "Later Will Be Greater" (4:07)
The Viceroys - "French Man Style" (3:33)
Bongo - "War Lord" (4:45)
The Viceroys - "Please Come Back Home" (4:01)
Review: The large and ever rotating cast of members of Tu Shung Peng come on strong in 2020 with their latest album, Channel 5. It is their sixth since 2006 and is another broad take on contemporary dub that looks back to look forwards. Various guests help colour the album and the whole thing was recorded across studios in Jamaica, Manchester and Toulouse. Nazzle Man's "Heaven" is a dub of pain and longing, "Gordon Town" (Melodica version) is high grade smoking material and Moses's "Babylon System" is a silky lullaby, amongst many other highlights.
Review: Jah reins supreme over the four spiritual dubs that make up this roots package from Joy & Happiness. Sattalite's "Jah Praises" is a call to arms, albeit a gentle one, with impassioned vocals drawing your attention. Ant Henderson's "Sing To Jah Dub" is as echo drenched as dub comes and will leave you feeling lost at sea. Brother Dan gives himself over completely to Jah on "Jah Is My Strength" while things are pared back to a icier dub on closer "Strength Of Jah Dub". All hail the king.
Review: Fat Frog's second EP of 2019 on his own Purple Fade finds him link with Donovan Kingjay and Addis Pablo. It's "Never Giving Up" first off with a spacious dub and tight studio work making it a clean and crisp affair that complements the heartfelt deliveries of Kingjay nicely. Things get more spaced out and cosmic on "Version" and "Melodica Cut" before finishing off with a stripped back, slower and more subliminal version.
Augustus Pablo/Rockers All Stars - "Africa 1983" (3:04)
Augustus Pablo/Rockers All Stars - "Africa Dub" (2:52)
Review: This choice various artists 10" brings together three of reggae's most iconic names - Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo and Rockers All Stars. Mundell's impassioned cries on "Africa Must Be Free" resonate as loudly now as they did back then, while "Park Lane Special" from Pablo is a swaggering gem full of multi-layered synths and icy, snaking hi hats. Rockers All Stars appear on three cuts of meandering dub, and each one is laced with fine chord work and a real sense of optimism.