Beacon is Seinan’s new boy. He’s from Birmingham, has a big beard and is full of youthful enthusiasm. Other than that his music is creative and fresh. He’s been getting a bit of attention recently including a mention on XLR8R. Check out his latest tune Got mine. We are proud to say Beacon will have some new music coming out soon on Seinan. Despite being a bit younger than the rest of the raved out old crones at Seinan (and being able to grow a better beard than all of us) Beacon still knows his bananas. Below are his top 5 dub tunes.
"No music, I can honestly say, has had a bigger influence on me more than roots reggae and dub. As a child my parents played a whole spectrum of music, from The Beach Boys to Beres Hammond. My dad has a load of old reggae 7 inches, tons of Studio 1 and really old Island Records stuff. At first, I was drawn to the obvious, Bob Marley and Maxi Priest were constantly played in our house, but as I grew older I became more interested in the slower, almost darker sound of dub.
Fortunately, unlike R&B, dub hasn’t really been rinsed to death by modern music, partly because I just don’t think you can get the real sound or feel of dub from a computer, which thankfully means classics can be left alone and not chopped and pitched to death.
Anyway, here is my top 5 all time classic roots reggae / dub tracks. It was impossible to choose and I could’ve really done with a top 20 but maybe some other time…
King Tubby - Zion Gate Dub
THE classic dub, in my opinion. As soon as I here that snare I know what’s. King Tubby really is one of the best producers of all time and every part of this track proves that. The arrangement is spot on, the vocals are haunting, the delay on the brass organ and the shuffle of the drums. I remember the first time I heard this track, just zoning out (no drugs involved) and being completely absorbed by the track. I spent about 2 weeks trying to copy the sound, but as I said, its impossible on a computer.
Barrington Levy - Skylarking Dun
Barrington Levy has one of those voices that just hits you straight away. On this track (produced by King Tubby) it hits you straight away. The production is amazing, something you expect from a tubby production, and the vocals are just perfect. The whole album ‘Barrington Levy in Dub’ is brilliant, and to be honest, all 5 tracks could’ve been this top 5, but that would have been pretty boring.
Aston Barrett - Cobra Dub
This is on a slightly different tip to the last two. Aston Barrett is an amazing bass player who has sessioned and played with some great groups, but he really shines on this particular solo album. The intsrumentation is great. The addition of the bongo’s and other skins to the normal dub set up means the track doesn’t need a guitar solo or vocals throughout. More upbeat than the past selections. Also, check out his track ‘Babylon’.
Gregory Isaacs - Dub The Line
Gregory Isaacs was the man. I almost put ‘Night Nurse’ in this list, just because. The album ‘Gregory Isaacs in Dub’ shows that there is pretty much nothing this guy couldn’t do. The vocals on this track are great. His vocals, obviously, are perfect. But the backing vocals at the beginning really add to the haunting feel of the track. The whole album is great, quite hard to get hold of, but worth it.
Lee Scratch Perry & King Tubby - Drifter Riddim
I couldn’t really finish this mini chart without putting in Lee Scratch Perry. Forgetting his more contemporary outputs (that Pum Pum tune is a disgrace) the guy is a legend. Producer of Bob Marley, and along with King Tubby, the defining figure in dub. This track is, along with Zion Gate Dub, my favourite roots track. Its been sampled countless times and there are several incarnations of the Drifter Riddim style floating about, but nothing beats this. Perfect.”