From Kingston to Croydon: A Brief History of Dub
“Dem ting just start by accident – a man sing off key an’ when you a reach a dat you just drop out everything an’ leave the drum, an’ lick in the bass, an’ cause confusion an’ people like it.” This is how producer Bunny Lee describes the beginning – a fumbling, haphazard and humble birth in the heart of Kingston. In late 60s Jamaica, King Tubby invented dub. It’s a music still rooted in the low-tech life of the ghetto, unlike the reggae of Marley and Tosh, Toots, and Jimmy Cliff, figureheads of a more commercial sound. Tubby made most of his music in a studio in a poor and violent area of West Kingston called Waterhouse. But 40 years later, Tubby’s dub still ranks among the best, and the music he invented has evolved in many directions to form new genres, including grime, punk, most modern dance and dubstep.