dDub: Awake at Dawn
By Rachel Fallon
After five years of regular gigging around the country and a few member changes, Auckland dub/reggae sextet dDub have finally released their debut album. Bringing together the influences of roots, reggae, dub and ska has created the catchy, smooth, distinctively dDub sound. Their previous EP had given us a sampler, enhanced with the video for their hooky single Give Up Your Love, which won them one of two Juice TV music video awards. Two further infectious singles later, this work now gives them a chance to develop further what many have seen them do live. Founder and lead singer Derek Browne's lyrical subjects touch on love, political and cultural issues. The musicianship is polished, all members are experienced players, some involved in other successful projects. Song structures are varied and the brass section is a stand out, slipping from the dDub skank to Latin, with some beautiful solo performances. Recorded at both Wellington's Inka Studios and Eden Terrace Audio in Auckland, mastered by Don Bartley in Sydney and distributed by Border Music, After just a first listen, you'll find yourself humming this album for hours.