• Janae Hyman

Sly & Robbie, Roots Radics, release The Final Battle: 'THE DUB BATTLE'

Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics: The Dub Battle, the follow-up to the highly acclaimed 'The Final Battle,' which just re-entered the Billboard charts following its vinyl release on Records Store Day, is now available for streaming on all devices. The long-awaited follow-up to the epic album includes a lineup that is just as outstanding as its predecessor, with a who's who of dub producers, including two tracks from Lee 'Scratch' Perry and a track from Bunny 'Striker' Lee. He contributed his engineering prowess to the project and donated two unreleased dubs from the original master King Tubby himself. The album features a who's who of reggae dub legends.

The collection of tracks on the album, produced by Hernan 'Don Camel' Sforzini, is a perfect match of power and inventiveness, and these new recordings can only be defined as a Dub Clash or as foreword author Roger Stefans puts it, 'Dub Dubstock.' Taking the concept of combining some of the finest roots artists with some of the genre's most beloved Dub artists gives the artists' legacy a new dimension. Too many people have died since the project began some years ago, making this a posthumous publication in many ways.

This is a tribute to Toots Hibbert, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and Bunny 'Striker' Lee's careers. These recently deceased famous dub masters join the timeless sounds of Osbourne Ruddock, aka King Tubby's unreleased 1970s productions. Who contributed to the project more than 30 years after his tragic death.

Sly and Robbie, the iconic bass and drum duo, formed in 1975 and have since produced hundreds of thousands of rhythm tracks for prominent artists, including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and a slew of reggae's biggest names, making them possibly the most recorded artists of all time. As an outgrowth of Sly & Robbie's Revolutionaries, the Roots Radics became the dominant session band in Jamaica in the early 1980s, led by Errol 'Flabba' Holt on bass, Style Scott on drums, and Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont on guitar.

The Dub Battle is being released by New York based DubShot Records and California based Controlled Substance Sound Labs, the label associated with Silverback Music/Red Light Management in partnership with Serious Reggae. A CD release is scheduled for October, and a special edition collectable Vinyl edition will be available in early 2022.