Courtesy of Easy Star Records, John Brown’s Body will release Kings and Queens In Dub, an all dub version of their 2013 release of Kings and Queens, on April 7th, 2015. This week only, we’re giving away “Worldwide Dub” from the new album mixed by Dubfader…
You can download John Brown’s Body’s new single “Worldwide Dub”, for FREE, on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday April 5th, 2015.
John Brown’s Body – “Worldwide Dub”
“Worldwide Dub” Background:
On April 16th, 2013, John Brown’s Body released Kings and Queens, a 12 track album via Easy Star Records that was met with very high praise. Now, almost 2 years to the date of it’s release, JBB will release Kings and Queens In Dub as the group has dub versions of every song from Kings And Queens, from a variety of producers from both inside the group & out. The line-up of Dub Producers for Kings And Queens In Dub include Dubmatix, Dub Fader (of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant), Ticklah, Dennis Bovell (UK Dub Legend), Yesking (from the UK), Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabulous, guitarist of The Black Seeds), Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), former band member Nate ‘Silas’ Ricardson and Jay Spaker.
The overall project was mainly overseen by JBB’s hornsman Drew Sayers, working with Easy Star’s Eric Smith & Lem Oppenheimer, with input from the rest of the band. Most of the tracks were dubbed over the past half year.
Here’s what Drew Sayers had to say about the new album: “The band has long wanted to do a project like this – reinterpret an entire album into dub versions. Kings And Queens seemed like a perfect fit musically, and we were fortunate enough to get some of the most legendary and inspiring producers in the game to be involved. I think this album encapsulates who we are as a group: our foundation is firmly rooted in the classics and we sought inspiration from albums like Gregory Isaac’s ‘Slum In Dub’ and Aswad’s “New Chapter of Dub”. But we never look in only one direction and I think what you will hear in this album is a devotion to originality and independence.”
As for the song “Worldwide Dub”, a Dub remix of the original song “Plantation” off the original Kings and Queens release, Drew Sayers discusses Dubfader’s special contribution to the re-imagining of the track: “We feel very lucky to have longtime friend and collaborator Craig Welsch – aka Dubfader – be an integral part of this release. Not only did he produce 2 of our earliest records ‘All Time’ and ‘Among Them’, he was also behind our more recent EP ‘JBB in Dub’. I think he has a unique and deep understanding of our music and the playing styles of each individual in the band, and that translates really clearly in the mixes he contributed . With ‘Worldwide Dub’, he goes right to the core of this song which is the bass melody. I say it often, but I really believe Elliot writes some of the best bass lines in modern reggae and Craig highlights that here, along with the deep pocket Tommy and Nate have. Just like the classic dub mixes we love by the likes of King Tubby or Scientist, it reveals a whole new way of hearing the song you might not have known existed before.”
Go grab “Worldwide Dub” for FREE, this week only, on the homepage of The Pier and pick up Kings and Queens In Dub on April 7th, 2015. You can pre-order the new album on iTunes by clicking HERE!
John Brown’s Body Background:
American reggae trailblazers, John Brown’s Body (or JBB) started making music nearly twenty years ago and haven’t stopped since. The Brooklyn-based octet has released seven studio albums, including 2008’s chart-topping (Billboard Reggae) Amplify and 2012’s JBB In Dub EP. Several JBB albums have received international critical acclaim, and they have toured the globe with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Further, STS9, J5 and fellow Easy Star Records alum The Black Seeds. JBB is known to fans around the world for their high octane live shows and progressive-reggae sound, dubbed as “Future Roots”— which features a unique blend of reggae rhythms, head-bobbing bass lines, horn-driven funk and ska, with a splash of dub.
John Brown’s Body has a handful of major tour dates coming up, including an appearance at California Roots Festival in Monterey, CA, as well as a record release show at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY, which will also include a DJ set from Ticklah. View the dates and links below – Pick up Kings and Queens In Dub on April 7th, 2015 – Pre-order HERE!
Huge thanks again to John Brown’s Body and Easy Star Records for allowing us to share their new song “Worldwide Dub” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!
Article By: Mike Patti