Who Is Don Letts?

How to assess the influence of Don Letts – previously known as the ambassador of dub reggae, associate of the Clash, film maker and DJ – on roots music in a career spanning four decades? Originating from Brixton, Letts started out in the London fashion and music business before making a name for himself as […]

Let There Be Versions

The rddim album – the single-rhythm reggae album, either wholly instrumental or with a number of different vocal tracks – is now well-established. Its origins lie in putting together the series of dubs, versions and remixes of a single vocal track – typically spread across the ‘a’ and ‘b’ sides of various 7” releases – […]

Easy Star Lonely Hearts Dub Band

From the New York band, with its fluid and illustrious membership, comes the latest in its series of reinventions of classic British rock albums. After Pink Floyd and Radiohead, the Easy Stars tackle the Beatles, and not only that, they cover in a roots style the peak (for many people) of the Beatles’ achievements, Sgt […]

Easy Stars All-Stars

With the impending release of a new album from New York’s Easy Star All Stars, it’s the right time to take stock of their unique take on reggae reinvention of classic rock albums. Has it all been a joke, and, if not, is it any good? Thus far the Easy Stars have chosen two classic […]