RBMA Radio Presents a King Tubby Special
Kirk Degiorgio, producer for illustrious labels such as Clear, Mo Wax and Ubiquity has teamed up with Red Bull Music Academy Radio to present a comprehensive two-hour playlist of the dub reggae legend (and also skilled electrician) Osbourne Ruddock, better known as King Tubby.
“Way before he was crowned King Tubby – dub originator and reverb re-thinker – Osbourne Ruddock was a little soundbwoy admiring the sound system culture of 1950s Kingston. A skilled electrician, Tubby was a helpful hand to those sound systems whose equipment suffered from tropical humidity and the sabotage acts of rivaling DJs. Producing his first b-side versions for Duke Reid, Tubby created a whole new musical niche, liberating the creative potential of sound engineers in the process. His often vocal-free reworks of multitrack masters by the likes of Lee ’Scratch’ Perry, Bunny Lee, Augustus Pablo, Horace Andy and countless others accentuated every single element of the composition with extreme delays, echoes and phase effects. The outcome was a somewhat eerie yet steaming sonic texture that continues to mesmerize music aficionados all over the place. In 1974, King Tubby released what some call his masterpiece, a dub version of Jacob Miller’s one drop Baby I Love You So, called King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown. At the dawn of the digital revolution in the 80s, King Tubby’s focus shifted towards mentoring new talent, most notably King Jammy and Hopeton Brown aka Scientist. On February 6, 1989, King Tubby became another victim of the inexplicable randomness of Kingston’s gun crimes, when he was shot and killed returning home from a session at the Waterhouse studios.”