‘Dub Factor 2 The Dub Judah Mixes’

Dub Factor 2 -  The Dub Judah Mixes is the second dub album that was released by Black Roots in the early 1990s.  If you know  of Dub Factor - The Mad Professor you will, with this new reissued version, be able to compare and juxtapose the talents of these 2 dub masters who worked with the band on different full album projects.  After the vocal versions were produced they were let loose on the mixing desk  to shape, interpret and transform these Black Roots rhythms into these 2 dub versions that now make up the Dub Factor series.

Mad Professor worked with the band in the late 1980s and produced and mixed ‘All Day All Night’ and ‘Natural Reaction’ whose rhythm tracks led to the first ‘Dub Factor’  album after Black Roots gave him free reign at the mixing desk to cook up the dub  versions that made up this album.  It’s success prompted the band to follow this up with another volume of dub mixes and what better person to do this job than the eclectic, up and coming and talented  producer of the time and dub head Dub Judah himself who was doing production work for the band in 1993. 

Dub Judah, of Dub jockey label fame, is still recognised and celebrated as one of the most respected names in UK Dub.  He  continues to work on his own projects but now spends part of his time playing bass for Norman Grant and the Twinkle Brothers .

His contribution to these recordings back in November 1993 at Coach House Studio in Bristol day was central to the success of the project.   He was brought in to programme the drums , play the keyboards and do his magic with the percussion over dubs; contribute to the vocals on 2 songs (Tribal War and What Them A Do);  produce the ’With Friends’ set and as an added  bonus was also given the freedom of the mixing desk to concoct and mould these dubs versions.  So after breathing new life into the songs that make up the ‘With Friends’ set it would have been an injustice not to release these dubs as the follow up album.  And so, Dub factor 2 was given life.  In essence this album is the dub version of ‘With Friends’.

It was first released on 3rd February 1994 on Vinyl, Cassette and CD and is now being reissued on 20th March 2020 as part of the programme by Nubian Records to make available all of Black Roots’ back catalogue on digital platforms.  ‘Dub Factor 2 - The Dub Judah Mixes’ is the second album of dub mixes released on the Nubian Records imprint as the band sought to exploit the growing popularity of dub music in the United Kingdom and outernationally back in the early 1990s.



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‘With Friends’

was released on 26th April 2019

This album was first released in 1993 on Vinyl, Cassette and CD and it is now to be reissued as part of the programme by Nubian Records to make available all of Black Roots’ back catalogue on digital platforms.  ‘With Friends’ will be out on 26th April 2019.  It is the last full album recorded by the band before activity ceased in the mid-90s for several years in their 40 years long career.  The next full album recorded by the band was On the Ground that released in 2012 in collaboration with Sugar Shack Records.

Black Roots had talked on occasion of inviting other artists to perform some of their classic songs and the circumstances of the band at this time lent themselves to work up such a project.  And so, Dub Judah, BB Seaton, Trevor Dixon and Mikey Forbes, all London based artists, were approached to perform on this album. 

Dub Judah a very respected vocalist, musician, live performer and producer working through his own Dub Jockey record label was asked to and agreed to produce the album.  He was given the key task of breathing new life into these songs and used his versatile musical skills to good effect changing the feel of the rhythm section.  The recordings play and feel different even though they are all classic Black Roots songs.  He added his vocals to two massive songs ‘What Them a Do’ and ‘Tribal War’.  The lyrical content of these blend with his personal beliefs reflecting where he was at spiritually and he sang them with heart.  You can hear it when you listen back to these two songs.

Harris Lloyd "B.B." Seaton, also known as "Bibby", a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, and record producer who was a member of The Gaylads, The Astronauts, Conscious Minds, and The Messengers, took on the task of laying vocals on ‘Release the Food’ and ‘Opportunity’ giving these new depth and insightfulness.

Trevor Dixon, a lovers rock singer best known for his vocals on ‘Woman of Moods’ that was first released in 1988 on Groove & a Quarter Records, sang ‘Move On’ and ‘Let It Be Me’, two ballads that suited his smooth and silky vocal style.

And Charles Bryan aka Delroy Ogilvie, one of the original front men with Black Roots, came back to do a cameo performance on ‘Chanting for Freedom’ punching out the lyrics in his own inimitable style with Mikey Forbes, another guest reggae singer doing a great vocal version of ‘Confusion’.

The other songs featured on this album and given the treatment by Kondwani Ngozi and Errol Brown, the remaining vocalists with Black Roots at this time, are ‘Juvenile Delinquent’. ‘Survival’, ‘Africa’ and ‘The Father’.

And so was born ‘With Friends’.  The final curtain on the first part of Black Roots’ long and continuing musical career.


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