ALBOROSIE MEETS KING JAMMY – DUB OF THRONES
AVAILABLE TOMORROW (APR 14)
VP Records/Greensleeves Presents Tune-for-Tune Dub Showdown with the
21st Century Dubmaster and Original King of Dub
Sound System Style U.S. Tour Planned to Support Album Launch
Confirmed for 31st Annual Reggae On The River Festival
VP Records/Greensleeves is happy to announce the April 14th, 2015 worldwide release of Alborosie Meets King Jammy – Dub Of Thrones, a historic pairing of one of Jamaica’s most pivotal dub legends King Jammy with the modern day Italian-born dubmaster Alborosie. The album includes a fully-illustrated package by Tony McDermott, Greensleeves Records’ go-to artist for almost four decades known for his iconic cartoon imagery depicting Jamaican music. The mostly instrumental collection will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and digitally.
Mixed by Alborosie at his Shengen studio and King Jammy at his studio in the Waterhouse district of Kingston, this old-school meets new-school clash delivers an authentic dub reggae listening experience. With speaker-shaking, neighbor-waking and no-prisoner taking bass, this is designed to be played at high volume for maximum effect.
Alborosie and King Jammy plan to tour in support of this release throughout the summer. Dates will be announced at another time. They are already booked for California’s 31st Annual Reggae On The River Festival.
Born Lloyd James in Montego Bay, Jamaica – King Jammy aka Prince Jammy has always had a deep understanding of electronics, allowing him to furbish his own sound system with tailor-made equipment. He has played a seminal role in many of Jamaica’s musical eras – including dub, roots reggae and dancehall. The reggae pioneer, producer and dub mixer began his career as an apprentice under the late great King Tubby in the 1970’s as a member of dub’s royal family. In 1976, he replaced Prince Philip Smart at Tubby’s Waterhouse studio when Smart headed for New York. Jammy’s new position meant that he was able to get his hands on some of the finest roots reggae of the era, mixing classic rhythms by the likes of Vivian “Yabby You” Jackson and Bunny “Striker” Lee. Just a year after his tenure with Tubby began, Jammy found himself mixing the lion’s share of the rhythms passing through the studio at 18 Dromilly Avenue. Bunny Lee was particularly impressed with Jammy’s mastery of the equipment, employing the young engineer’s skills almost exclusively. In 1977, Jammy was enlisted to mix the dub counterpart to “In the Light,” Everton DaSilva’s classic production for Horace Andy. The versions Jammy concocted simultaneously proved that he was well versed in the techniques acquired from Tubby and that he had developed a distinct mixing voice of his own. That same year, he made his first notable venture into production work, recording the debut of Black Uhuru, a young vocal trio from Kingston. The resulting Love Crisis (and its remixed incarnation, Black Sounds of Freedom) represented a breakthrough for both parties. Jammy then continued his dub explorations, mixing the bulk of the Black Uhuru tracks for his excellent Jammy’s in Lion Dub Style set. Further productions followed, including hit albums (and singles) for emerging dancehall artists like Half Pint (Money Man Skank and One in a Million) and Junior Reid (Boom Shack a Lack). As the ’80s dawned, Greensleeves released the Big Showdown set: a fictional dub battle between Jammy and Tubby’s former colleague, Hopeton “Scientist” Brown. In 1985, Jammy changed the music game forever. He provided one of the first digitized rhythms for the single “Under Me Sleng Teng” sung by Wayne Smith. This track undeniably sparked a digital revolution in the reggae world and helped shaped the sound of dancehall. Jammy’s productions and sound system dominated reggae music for the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s. He continues to work as a producer, working with some of the top Jamaican artists today. In Major Lazer Take Kingston – a documentary released by Rolling Stone this month (March 2015) – the electronic DJ group heads to Jamaica to meet with King Jammy to discuss his major influence and role in dancehall.