It’s barely been in existence a few months, and already Mark Ainley and Mark Ernestus’s Dug Out imprint has served up four of the year’s most revelatory reissues. The fifth is now upon us.
The two reggae aficianados – Ainley being manager of West London’s Honest Jon’s shop and label, Ernestus founder of Berlin’s Hardwax and one half of Rhythm & Sound – launched Dug Out with King Kong’s yearning ‘He Was A Friend’, following it with Michael Rose’s dusty ‘Obserb Life’, Anthony Red Rose’s digi bomb ‘Electric Chair’ and most recently Jah Warrior’s ‘Dub From The Heart’, an impossibly heavy ’96 UK dancehall cut that anticipates the rootsy dubstep of RSD.
This week sees the release of the first LP reissue on Dug Out, Dadawah‘s brooding, strung-out masterpiece of nyabinghi (Rastafarian spiritual music), Peace And Love. Originally released in 1974 on Wild Flower, it was repressed in ’75 by Trojan with different artwork. Ainley and Ernestus have had the tracks remastered at Abbey Road for the Dug Out edition, the vinyl housed in “old-school, hand-assembled sleeves” with original cover art restored. The album is available on CD and digital as well as vinyl.
We’ll let Honest Jon’s explain the unique appeal of the record:
“Led by Ras Michael over four extended excursions, the music is organic, sublime and expansive, grounation-drums and bass heavy (with no rhythm guitar, rather Willie Lindo brilliantly improvising a kind of dazed, harmolodic blues). Lloyd Charmers and Federal engineer George Raymond stayed up all night after the session, to mix the recording, opening out the enraptured mood into echoing space, adding sparse, startling effects to the keyboards. At no cost to its deep spirituality, this is the closest reggae comes to psychedelia.”