Both under his own name and the moniker "Blackbeard," Dennis has created a striking oeuvre of dub albums (“I Wah Dub,” “Strictly Dub Wize,” “LKJ in Dub”) and has been involved with countless dub mixes and dubwise collaborations. In 2012, he released the acclaimed dub collection "Mek It Run" and in 2014, contributed dub versions of songs by Samba Toure and Tamikrest to the Glitterbeat Records compilation: "Dubs & Versions I."
Glitterbeat Records is very proud to release Dennis Bovell’s latest dub installment, “Dub 4 Daze”, an album that deeply mines Bovell’s inspired catalog of rhythms and sounds. Dennis describes the material as: “a collection of different dub mixes I found buried in my archive, and a few newly mixed cuts, done after re-exploring some earlier recorded material. I baked some 2" masters, transferred them to digital and mixed them using an analogue desk.”
“Dub 4 Daze” is a richly animated sonic journey that slips and slides between soulful roots (Eye Water), down-tempo brass (Top Level Dub), 3D mysticism (Jah Man Dub) and space echo abstractions (Physics of Dub). The album shows Dennis “Dubmaster” Bovell in full command of his craft, a craft he enthusiastically described for us: “for me, dub means the absolute freedom to express how well an engineer knows his equipment and the piece that's being subjected to the treatment. Just like how the guests at Greek weddings smash the crockery…its fun to be demolishing, butre-building the track all at once, carving a different masterpiece from the same material…a must do in order to maintain my sanity level.”
The album showcases a plethora of top-flight reggae musicians including guitarist John Kpiaye (Matumbi, LKJ), drummer Jah Bunny (LKJ, Jah Shaka, Augustus Pablo) and vocalist Errol Campbell. Throughout, Bovell reveals the prowess of his own musicianship; on several tracks he both sings and plays most of the instruments himself.
"Dennis is the most important person in UK reggae…a legend." - Adrian Sherwood
"It’s not entirely hyperbole to state that reggae in the United Kingdom wouldn’t exist without Dennis Bovell…Bovell’s contributions to the genre are immeasurable." - Afropop Worldwide
2. Dub Guide
3. Zion Dubb
4. Top Level Dub
5. Dub Affair
1.Physics of Dub
2. Tumbledown Dub
3. Aged Dub
4. Jah Dub Man
5. Tuned Dub