Celebrating their tenth year as a nine piece in 2016, Gentleman’s Dub Club return to Fabric to take over Room 1 this Friday (17th June). Bringing with them the likes of Benny Page, Gorgon Sound, Uncle Dugs and more, it’s set to be a rip roaring night that’ll go down in true Dub Club fashion.
So, to get in the spirit of things, Gentleman’s Dub Club stopped by to give us the five tracks that have proven most significant to their career to date.
The Wailers – ‘Burnin’ and Lootin”
I first heard this in a film actually, ‘La Haine’ by french director Mattieu Kassovitz. It’s the first time i really realised that music could carry a strong social message, and the eerie intro of this track captures the frustration of disillusioned youth perfectly. It’s also engineered and mixed by Chris Blackwell, and this album (Burning) along with catch a fire are some of the best sounding reggae albums of all time.
Abyssinians – ‘Satta Massagana’
The vocal group tradition in Jamaican music and reggae in general has always been strong and this exemplifies it perfectly. I had no clue who the Abyssinians were until they were playing a gig at the Wardrobe in Leeds. I was playing a jam session in the top bar and we could just hear this rumble coming from the main concert venue. I managed to sneak down for the last couple tunes and was blown away.
Steel Pulse – ‘Handsworth Revolution’
The guitar intro on this track is soooo good. The production is sooo good. The message is real. Amazing seminal reggae to come out of Birmingham in 1978 and continue to resonate over the world.
King Tubby, Prince Jammy And Scientist – ‘First, Second And Third Generation Of Dub’
The first time I heard king tubby was on some £2 sampler I bought in Fopp when I was 15 or something. I had no idea what was going on, all the levels and effects just jump out at you, it’s so dynamic, you can tell they were experimenting in the studio, then the dubs are so simple and deep. It’s still mesmerising and continues to inspire producers.
Marlon Asher – ‘Ganja Farmer’
It’s a cheesy ganja song. It’s awesome. It makes me want to go to the beach.