It's now 2023, which has always been the year of production on Echo Beach releases, and number 23 is the latest installment in the King Size compilation series Dub. The cover of King Size Dub 23 (Echo Beach) is one of the most beautiful of the series: So here we see the legendary Echo Beach through the eyes of the Slovenian artist ROK, who also worked for Ariwa. Young and old of all backgrounds celebrate the Sound System under palm trees, and the house saint, King Tubby, leans smiling in the doorway. So what does the sound bring? First of all, a number of old acquaintances: The noise shapers, which were actually dissolved, surprisingly open with a lively one Dub-House track. Right after that it gets deep with Mexican Dubwiser, one of the most interesting current label acts. With a humorous and effective version of JJ Cale's coke classic "Cocaine", sung by Earl 16, the first of numerous cover versions is heard. A good half of the tracks are interpretations of (mainly) pop, new wave and some reggae classics, a field to which the label has devoted itself with particular dedication in the last ten years. It is understandable that this maximalism provokes certain signs of weariness and wear and tear on the consumer side. But at this beach party, the celebrities mingle freely with the ordinary folk, and it's worth listening to the party talk more closely. With "Armagideon Time" Willie Williams' timeless apocalyptic is once again updated. Seanie T and Al's versiondubb is based melodically on that of The Clash, Rob Smith's Onedrop Remix leads him rhythmically back to his Jamaican roots on the one hand, but doesn't shy away from string pizzicato. The Clash raise their heads once more with "Guns of Brixton", minimalistically reduced to drums&bass by Mannaseh, and recorded by the Swiss Dub Spencer & Trance Hill, who have developed their very own kind of reggae populism (and probably drilled the flea with the cover versions into their ears for the first time in their Hamburg label). At this point, what was simply too much of a good thing and sometimes mediocre over the length of the album is properly portioned. The musical highlight is the version by Dub Syndicate's "Mafia" feat. Bim Sherman, a tune that doesn't seem to go far wrong. In addition, Misled Convoy meets Uncle Fester on Acid not only provide the most bottomless dropout moment, but also the connection to the sister-in-law On-U-Sound label. Finally, for highlights of their own kind, author Alan Moore with a Spoken Word contribution and Kid Loco with a version of Kraftwerk's "Robots", the latter a tasty foretaste of upcoming events on this beach. A chilling counterexample is "Dub to be Wild” by RE-201 ft. Awa Fall. A Steppenwolf im Dub-Pelz, even a Zion track remix can't save this failed joke. And Paolo Baldini simply chose a somewhat weak track for his collaboration with LAB. Otherwise, Volume 23 is among the highlights of the longest-serving Dubseries in German-speaking countries. Not just because of the magic of numbers, but thanks to the broad spectrum of voices and opinions and a just-right balance between the familiar and the new, experiments and mainstream maneuvers. More women in the line-up than on the cover would be desirable for the future. And fewer rock songs.