The 10 best reggae tracks, according to Gentleman's Dub Club The nine-piece dub group present their choices of the finest and funnest reggae.
Gentleman’s Dub Club are a nine-piece dub band from Leeds who dominate any room to create a ridiculously fun live experience, and they’ll be bringing it to XOYO on the 13th December. Go here to see a full list of their upcoming tour dates across the UK, and read the group’s top reggae tunes below.
- The Scientist – Your Teeth In My Neck
GDC: “This is a true dub track and there is no doubt that The Scientist is one of the best in the business. This song comes from the album ‘Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires’, which is a must have album.”
- Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown
GDC: “This track is a collaboration between Augustus Pablo and the dub master King Tubby. This is potentially one of the finest examples of King Tubby’s work and always gets a spin in the DJ set.”
- Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
GDC: “This tune was a major event in Jamaican music and is one of the true classics.
The Sleng Teng was reportedly the first fully digital track and has been referenced in hundreds of tracks ever since (including our version – Gentleman’s Sleng ). The bassline never fails to move the crowd.”
- Culture – Two Sevens Clash
GDC: “We couldn’t do a top ten of reggae without including something from Culture, and Two Sevens Clash is the title track from one of their best albums. Interestingly, this song is about the end of the world which some believed would occur on the 7th, July 1977 – the prophecy wasn’t right but they got a great record out of it!”
- Twinkle Brothers – Faith can Move Mountains
GDC: “We have had the honour of performing with the Twinkle Brothers at Outlook festival for a couple of years and this band is one of the tightest, most conscious reggae acts out there. Formed by brothers Norman and Ralston Grant, Twinkle have been releasing seminal tracks since 1962 and continue to perform worldwide. They are a must see live if you ever get the chance.”
- Iration Steppas Featuring Danman – Too Much War
GDC: “Based in Leeds, Iration Steppas were a massive inspiration for GDC (where the band first formed). Too Much War is one of Iration’s classic tracks and features vocal champion Danman.”
- Toots and the Maytals – Pressure Drop
GDC: “This has to be one of our favourite tracks from the Maytals and was responsible for introducing the band to an international audience when it was released in 1969.”
- The Abyssinians – Satta Massagana
GDC: “Satta Massagana, meaning “give thanks” in Amaharic, is a big Rastaman track which was first recorded in 1976. The original song has infamous drum ‘n’ bass musicians Sly & Robby performing on it. Satta Massagana is the title track of one of their best albums and is well worth a listen.”
- The Wailers – Burnin’ and Lootin
GDC: “Needing no introduction, we felt we had to include a Wailers tracks and Burnin’ & Lootin’ is what we ended up going with.”
- Steel Pulse – Handsworth Revolution
GDC: “Steel Pulse are one of the best reggae acts to come out of the UK and certainly the only reggae act to play at the White House! Handsworth Revolution is about the struggles of living as a Rasta in Birmingham in the Seventies and addresses many of the issues at the time.”