Top Five: Reggae & Dub in London, Bristol and Brighton

Our little island may be a long way from the dancehalls of Jamaica, but you wouldn’t know it, given the vast quantity of righteous reggae sounds resonating around the backstreets of the country’s major cities. As the Dubstep scene grinds to a monotonous halt, now is the time for a Dub regeneration. So we’ve picked our current favourites of fresh talent in Bristol, Brighton and London.  Enjoy the homegrown…

Flatline 

Perhaps better known for their Dubstep DJ sets in London and Bristol, Flatline seem set to make a name for themselves as Dub producers with this forthcoming 12” release. We can’t get enough of those horns.

The Resonators

The Resonators are causing quite a stir in their Brighton hometown. With their combination of beautiful vocals, relentless energy and an adherence to old-style dub backdrops, it is easy to see why reggae don David Rodigan described their music as ‘truly original’.

http://soundcloud.com/wahwah45s/resonators-mandrake-7-version

Laid Blak

With a huge Bristol following already, it won’t be long until the whole nation are singing Laid Blak’s praises. Dare we say, this cover of Tanya Stephens could even be better than the original.

http://soundcloud.com/purofutbol/laid-blak-its-a-pity

OnlyJoe

A small portfolio of online material does not make nine-piece band OnlyJoe any less credible, with their brand of upbeat ska drawing comparisons toGentleman’s Dub Club. They are equally partial to the odd dub number, as illustrated below.

Supa3

Supa3’s music is rooted in the blues tradition but has a large slice of Dub and Reggae running through its core.  Their groovy basslines and awesome musicianship make this trio very hard to ignore.

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