From the net label Dubkey comes the expansive cinematic sound and video of ‘Zion’s Calling’. Taken from Apocalypse Dub Faction’s album ‘Jah Never Fail I’ it is, like previous Dubkey releases, available free to download. Thus far Dubkey has released seventeen or so collections of mainly dub sounds, providing a platform for original rhythms rather than remixed or re-produced versions of existing reggae tracks. On ‘Zion’s Calling’ it’s the UK and Malta sound of graceful digital dub. The rest of the album can be downloaded here which also serves as a way-in to previous releases from Dubkey.

The recent growth of free-to-download net labels specialising in dub reggae (see also the review of Cyprus-based net label Dubophonic at reggaemusic.org.uk 4th October 2013) points to something positive and fundamentally different from the ‘re-release and re-visit’ orientation of some of the major labels; and it provides a potential way forward for anyone seeking to get a release of their material out to new audiences.

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