LISTEN \\ Joe Armon-Jones picks five dub tracks that influenced ‘Starting Today’

9th April 2019

Joe Armon-Jones is a huge fan of dub. As a digger and keys player, he took influence from his record collection when writing ‘Starting Today’, his fantastic debut release which dropped on Brownswood in 2018. You’ll hear dub flow throughout the EP, especially on ‘Mollison Dub’ and the title track. He’s currently busy playing shows under his own name as well as with his band, Ezra Collective. 

Ahead of Joe Armon-Jones’ performance at Love Supreme Festival, we asked him to pick for us five dub records that in some way influenced ‘Starting Today’. Of his selections, Joe says; 

“All this music went into the sound of ‘Starting Today’ in some way. Mostly I’m trying to touch ways that these musicians get the beat to stepping tempo, while still keeping it dub orientated. 

“The space/atmospheric noise Scientist adds to his records changed the way I hear music in many ways. The sounds that might appear on a Scientist or King Tubby record will throw you a curve; they don’t sound like they’re from this galaxy. That’s the kinda thing I’m trying to sprinkle on my own music”. Joe adds; “U-Roy has one of the most beautiful voices in existence so had to include something by him, originator of the toasting style! 

“Jah Shaka / Jonny Clarke’s ‘Babylon’ is a cut from the 1980’s film of the same name. The track itself is killer and effort should be made to go see Shaka live and hear his own custom versions of this tune, they hit hard”. 

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1 \\ Scientist – ‘Cloning Process/Wayne Wade’

2 \\ Culture – ‘I’m Not Ashamed’

3 \\ King Tubby – ‘Drums of love’/’Raw Horn of the Congo’

4 \\ U Roy – ‘Jah Son of Africa’

5 \\ Jah Shaka & Jonny Clarke – ‘Babylon’


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