Since its inception in 1960s Jamaica, dub has proved to be an invaluable tool, such that in adept hands, its use can turn an ordinary tune into an extraordinary one. I doubt Abu Ama could produce an ordinary tune if he tried so it's no surprise his new album "Arabxo Ishara" is an utterly sublime celebration of dub and the power I didn't realise it possessed: to soften the edges of a political song sound-wise without diluting its message (Muslimgauze please take note). Distilled from a wide range of influences and genres, some obvious (grime, traditional Turkish folk music) some less so (field recordings made in Indonesia and the chatter overheard in UK pubs it's a meticulously assembled tour-de-force and does for dub music what "London Calling" did for punk. It demonstrates that diversification does not mean dilution and if you're a fan of music rather than a genre slave, "Arabxo Ishara" will be one of the most captivating and downright addictive albums you'll hear all year.
Favorite track: B!n Ladens Funeral Fiesta.