Although my exposure to roots dub began indirectly in the late 80s through ska and early jungle tracks, I didn’t really begin to appreciate it to the extent that I do today until the late 90s. I remember between 1998 and 2001 there was a huge resurgence of roots dub reggae, and for crate diggers it was a great time to be exposed to some really beautiful re-released music. In those days, my favorite place to shop for vinyl was Twist & Shout in Denver which seemed to always be stocked with all kinds of goodies. Here was my first exposure to artists like King Tubby, Bunny Lee, Augustus Pablo, The Scientist, Toots & The Maytals, Niney, Jah Stitch, Johnny Clark, Lee Scratch Perry, Linval Thompson, Cornell Campbell and list of others that goes on forever.
“Blackboard” was definitely one of my most popular and favorite mixes I’ve ever put together. Mixed back in 2001, it contains some of my all time favorite roots dub tracks. “De olda de moon, de britah it shines”. Enjoy. – Aymat