Jamaica is commonly perceived as a lazy man's paradise, where the hand-to-mouth existence of its citizens seems less the necessity of its poor economy but a lifestyle choice, an attitude based not on ambivalence or desperation but on steadiness and a balanced spirit. And of course, as is the case with every society, the country's music reflects its culture. But Jamaica's music, reggae and dub, it just so happens, seems more universal than most. To wit, the following anecdote, relayed by Soundsystem Records co-owner Tom "Papa" Ray. He's talking bout Soundsystem's recent reissue... More >>>
By Jay Fram
Soundsystem's Tom Ray: "Like the concept of the neutron star, the best dub seems to carry in its rhythms an almost unbearable sense of heaviness in space."