Originally recorded in 2001, "Garden of Dub" is the long lost bredren and esteemed predecessor of 2004's "Knives to the Treble" and 2005's "Stereo Mash Up". Now, finally seeing it's first official release.
The latest reviews for "Garden of Dub" ...
"Garden Of Dub"... features some serious new style dub outings, which have unmistakable links to the Jamaican roots of dub and its originators. From beginning to end the listener is taken on a truly hallucinating trip through imaginative soundscapes with plenty of echo and soundeffects, with the drum and the bass as the driving force. Personal favorites are the beautiful "Into Twilight" with its jazzy horn parts and angelic vocals flowing in and out of the mix, "Dance A Yard", the awesome bass driven "Rootical I-ration", "Ashes Of Babylon" and the wicked "Earth And Stone".
Rating: from 5(excellent) to 1(poor)
Backing: 4 Production: 4 Sound quality: 4/5 Sleeve: 4
- Teacher & Mr. T Reggae-Vibes.com
"...But as was the case with the legendary Black Ark studio in 1970s Kingston -- a studio also known for its bare-bones equipment -- Anderson's bedroom setup produced some absolutely wonderful instrumental reggae. The musical world lost something when the Kingston recording studios went digital, and some of that special quality is regained in these lo-fi but high-quality recordings: notice, for example, the insightfult ways that Anderson deconstructs and then reconstructs the groove on "Into Twilight", or offsets the blocky one drop beat of "Rootical Iration" with delicate wisps of shreeded vocal, or spins melodic gold from the dirty straw of his crappy Yamaha keyboard on "Fire in the East". It just goes to show that it's the brain, not the equipment, that makes a musician. Very highly recommended. Four Stars"
- Rick Anderson, All Music Guide Review
"...There's a cool touch to the songs as if the songs would have been recorded in Jamaica but then mixed and mastered in Alaska in deep snow. Extra-nice mixture to my ears! ... Four Stars"
- Dub Flash
"...Pure bass and drum with plenty of echo!!! Anyways this is another magnificent set with some great playing and a lot of imagination. Great stuff." - Small Axe
Burning Babylon is a one man Dub Reggae project from Boston, Massachusetts USA. Created by Slade Anderson, the heavyweight riddims of Burning Babylon's sound are firmly anchored in the 1970's Jamaican roots tradition, but with an ear for the neo dub stylings of the present day.
I came to dub relatively late in my musical career. For 15 years I played guitar in various punk/metal bands in the Boston area, some of which you may be familiar with (The Freeze, Straw Dogs). Not surprisingly, the music I played mirrored what I listened to - loud and fast were the rules of my turntable. What reggae I did hear came via The Clash and, of course, Bob Marley. The word "dub" had yet to enter my vocabulary. Although when I was still a teenager it had begun slowly creeping in around the edges, reggae stayed on the periphery of my listening experience for years to follow.
During the mid 90s I began playing bass seriously for the first time. During this same period I also decided to investigate reggae more deeply. Since I was now primarily a bass player, focusing on music that was bass-oriented made sense. Wanting music that was more earthy and less slick than Marley or Tosh, I searched for albums that looked as though they might offer what I wanted. The first one I bought was Glen Brown and King Tubby: Termination Dub. To me, the cover looked as if the music was going to be pretty classic, grungy and authentic and I liked the title as well. Luckily I'd hit on exactly what I was in search of. It didn't take long for me to readjust the way I listened to music (with little or no vocals) to fully appreciate what I was hearing. Drums drenched in reverb, horns and guitars echoing into oblivion, and the most heavyweight bass I'd ever heard. It wasn't long before dub was stuck in my brain. Soon I was buying every album I could find to immerse myself in the music. Being a musician, I, of course, wanted to learn how to play this music that had so captured my attention. After a few weeks of wrestling with the rhythms, it finally "clicked" and I recorded my first dub track. Burning Babylon was born.
While I hope that I have my own unique take on dub, I've certainly been influenced by those that have come before me.
Slade's words ring true, as the spirits of the usual suspects (King Tubby, Scientist, Lee "Scratch") clearly loom large in the Burning Babylon studio.