Formed in 1993 from members of Big Audio Dynamite and Julian Cope’s band, Londoners Dreadzone explored the dub, reggae and new wave avant-garde of their earlier bands and added more breaks and emerging electronics for a sound that was a fire fixture at festivals through the 90s. It was a sound palette and bass culture ethos that Leftfield explored in their iconic debut album Leftism.
Dreadzone are also famous for their Dubwiser sound system nights in Notting Hill from 1998-2001, and their new album Dubwise Volume 1 is a Dreadzone family tree album, featuring guests and offshoots including Earl 16, Professor Skank and Bazil. And with sleeve notes by the UK’s great reggae and dub voice Don Letts, it’s the ultimate seal of approval.
- Dreadzone play the Green Room at the Academy in Dublin tonight (Friday)