David Harrow: Dub Journeys Vol 1 OICHO (Dubmissions/digital services)

 |   |  <1 min read

Arrowrooted
David Harrow: Dub Journeys Vol 1 OICHO (Dubmissions/digital services)

Dubheads rarely need a second invitation because they know approximately what they are getting with a dub album.

And the pedigree of David Harrow (aka OICHO) is impeccable: witness his work with Lee Perry, Bim Sherman, Jah Wobble, Salmonella Dub and the Headless Chickens locally, African Headcharge and many more.

These 10 deep, synth-heavy tracks – very astute sound collages – are pulled from his extensive back-catalogue (remastered and some reworked) and the ethos of dub – big bass, echoed percussion, allusions to the Nyabinghi tradition of repeater drums (as on Battle System here) and so on – is all magnificently intact and remarkably spacious.

In fact it is the exciting percussion across many of these pieces which is the sonic glue (check out the staccato techno-menace of the psychedelic Uptown Redubbed) as much as the familiar bass and up-stepper lope of pieces like Darkerwood which hints at the great producer Augustus Pablo's melodica sound.

There are also flickers of humour, as on the massive Happier with its quirky keyboard part before it gets its heavy boots on, as well as the dread seriousness which is requisite.

The great thing about a Vol 1 drawn from an archive it is virtually guarantees a Vol 2.

Soon come, we hope.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Reggae articles index

The Heptones: Sweet Talking (Studio One)

The Heptones: Sweet Talking (Studio One)

Produced by the legendary Clement Dodd and fronted by the sweet voice of Leroy Sibbles, the Heptones were one of the great Jamaican vocal trios who brought in soulful harmonies borrowed from 50s... > Read more

Unity Pacific: Into the Dread (Moving Productions/EMI)

Unity Pacific: Into the Dread (Moving Productions/EMI)

When the documentary about the life of Unity Pacific's singer-songwriter Tigi Ness made it to the small screen on Maori TV and the Film Festival many in the country had their introduction to a... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

EPs by Shani.O

EPs by Shani.O

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Shani.O. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more

BLUE SMOKE: THE LOST DAWN OF NEW ZEALAND POPULAR MUSIC 1918-1964 by CHRIS BOURKE

BLUE SMOKE: THE LOST DAWN OF NEW ZEALAND POPULAR MUSIC 1918-1964 by CHRIS BOURKE

In the introduction to Stranded in Paradise, his 1987 survey of New Zealand rock'n'roll from 1955, John Dix addressed the question he had been constantly asked, “What's happening with the... > Read more