(This text has been machine translated.) I admit it. I have "Out on the floor Dub“purchased and downloaded as a digital release from Tuff Scout. The album is a devoted homage to the good old record stores and their treasures: vinyl records. Well, my digital faux pas is indicative, because those shops that we used to visit so regularly (it was always Saturday mornings for me) to look for new material for our music addiction hardly exist anymore. How this ritual was like in the relevant London reggae shops Dub Vendor or Lasco's Music Den , describes Steve Barrow wistfully in his beautiful liner notes for this album (which, by the way, is on the Bandcamp page to be read). Oh, those were the days! Sure, some shops are still there today, but they are almost under monument protection or are classified as cultural heritage. They have long outgrown the sphere of everyday life and mainly deal with historical pressings and memorabilia. Gone are the days of the 7 “pre-releases from JA.
One of those heritage stores is Out on the Floor Records in Camden, London. A relic of the 1990s - but still active. In addition to soul, funk, rock, punk, etc. there is one thing above all: reggae vinyl, because Jake, one of the three operators, is a fanatical collector of historical JA pressings. The man also runs the reggae label Tuff Scout, which publishes new recordings, but they always sound like they have 50 years under their belt. "Out on the floor Dub“Is now a collection of Dub-Version of the label, produced and mixed by Gil Cang and Demus. Unfortunately, Jake mainly expresses himself in the medium of music, which is why there is hardly any background information on the actors and their productions. But it doesn't matter, because the only thing that matters is what comes out at the back, as I used to say, referring to our old-old Chancellor. And that is - Lemmi will surely agree with me - definitely worth a vinyl pressing. Really beautiful old school Dub, but with a better sound. Excitingly mixed and combined to a superb Dub-album with a perfect flow.
By the way, while we get the download beamed into the media library with a trivial boring cover, the vinyl is adorned with a fantastic illustration. It shows the store in Camden (including “LKJ in Dub“ in the shop window, my first Dub-Record!). Jake is standing in the doorway. The back of the cover shows what is going on behind him: a crowd of people as it was last seen in a record store in 1999.