WILD DUB: DREAD MEETS PUNK ROCKER DOWNTOWN (Select Cuts/Fusion III) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
While bands like the Rapture self-consciously try to piece together bits of funk, rock, roots and reggae, it's interesting to see how easily it all came together back in the day. A companion to Don Letts's Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown, Wild Dub digs deep into London's seething punk/reggae eruption of the late 70s. The usual suspects, including the Ruts, the Clash, the Pop Group, PIL and the Slits, are all here, but the selectors have wisely chosen alternate mixes and extended versions that fully flesh out the connection between punk and dub reggae. Twenty-five years later, the ricocheting snares and chest-rattling bass of a track like Basement Five's Immigrant Dub puts modern day roots revisions to shame.