Looking back, 2020 was definitely not a good year. Luckily the last 12 months provided also some great musical relief: Here are the best Dub- and Instrumental-releases of 2020 - handpicked and carefully chosen by yours truly, the editors of dubblog.
Manasseh meets praise
No. 1 by René
More symphonic Dub. A brave experiment, innovative and perfectly implemented.
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill: Tumultus II
No. 1 by gtkriz
Four Swiss set out to produce the most creative, innovative and technically brilliant album of the year.
Lee "Scratch" Perry: Heavy Rain
No. 1 of Ras Vorbei
Sherwood meets Perry: genius and madness meet. Always a brilliant dream team.
Clive Hunt: Blue Lizzard
No. 2 by René
Great instrumental music from Jamaica. There are only a few producers and musicians left who can deliver this quality.
Manasseh meets praise
No. 2 by gtkriz
An Englishman and a violinist set out to record the most beautiful, but also most melancholy instrumental album of 2020.
Rezin Tooth: Rezin Tooth
No. 2 of Ras Vorbei
Funk and Afrobeat rhythms experience superb Dub-Finishing.
No. 3 by René
What a variety of styles! If I could only take one album with me to a lonely island, it would be this one!
C Jones meets Ale X: Kalimba is my Telephone in Dub
No. 3 by gtkriz
An Austrian sets out to create a big cross-genre Dub-Album using a small, electrified african instrument.
Dubment: Showcase & Dub Fugues
No. 3 of Ras Vorbei
Swiss Made: A sure guarantee for quality and precision.
Tubby Isiah: Rising High
No. 4 by René
So must steppers!
Dubvisionist meets Dubblestandart & firehouse crew
No. 4 by gtkriz
A German sets out to save a deadborn album and, en passant, gives it atmosphere, style and last but not least: relevance.
Nat Birchall meets Al Breadwinner: Upright Living
No. 4 of Ras Vorbei
A roots rock reggae Dub Album like from another time.
Various Artists: !! Dub !! Dub !! Dub !! Vol. 2
No. 5 by René
The best Dub-Compilation 2020. Curated by Elastica and Zion Train.
Paolo Baldini Dubfiles meets Dubblestandart
No. 5 by gtkriz
An Italian sets out to revive certain lackluster tracks with some heavyweight dub-mixing.
Tara Putra: Obvious Dubvious
No. 5 of Ras Vorbei
Vive la différence!