Can you spell m.a.s.s.i.v.e.?
Massive it surely is: in 26 tracks, the listener is provided with a truly impressive picture of what's going on inna Dubful Europe. At least, a part of the continent. Croatia, Italy, the UK, Germany and France are represented in what can only be described as Massive!
As soon as you start playing the album, you know that someone has done some work to gather the tracks into one compilation. We hear a remarkable amount of tracks which have been played rather than programmed, as well as hybrids between the two ways of producing. There's even a live performance by the Massive DUB Corporation. All in all an unexpectly pleasant sound, which makes you want to listen to the rest of the album.
As said in the introduction, though, not every track on the album can be filed within one or another category of Dub, or even Reggae. Natty Bass and Biga Ranx, for example. Their track "Soul Melody" is about 98% Hip-Hop and 2% DUB. Remarkable, since the tune was produced by the Original Dub Gathering crew themselves. Even though it's not really annoying, the question does come to mind as to why these elements are presents in an otherwise crucial compilation.
When it comes to the DUB (and other Reggae), we can only be impressed by the more than fine quality of the tunes. Well produced, perfectly mastered and well versatile. Everything is represented when it comes to vibes, instruments, artists and producers.
Nuff Raspect to the Original DUB Gathering once more! The album is well recommended to everyone and should be considered a must-have for every self-respecting collector of Relevant DUB!