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The history of dub reggae dates back to the 1960s and 1970s, when reggae emerged as a popular musical genre in Jamaica. Reggae grew out of the evolution of ska and rocksteady, two musical styles that also originated in Jamaica. However, dub reggae was born of a bold musical experimentation that transformed reggae into a genre in its own right, with its own distinctive characteristics.

The pioneers of dub reggae were visionary music producers and sound engineers who began experimenting with recordings and sound effects in recording studios. King Tubby, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Errol Thompson are among the most influential producers of this era.

King Tubby is often considered the father of dub reggae. He was one of the first to explore innovative recording techniques, manipulating audio tapes to isolate different instrumental parts, adding echo and reverb effects, and emphasizing bass and drums in the mix.

Lee “Scratch” Perry, on the other hand, was another pioneer of dub reggae. He was the producer of many iconic reggae artists, such as Bob Marley & The Wailers. Perry has been a prolific innovator, experimenting with unique and creative production techniques to create psychedelic and experimental sounds.

As dub reggae gained popularity in Jamaica, it began to spread around the world thanks to the rise of Jamaican sound systems and the growing influence of the Jamaican diaspora abroad.

In the 1980s, dub reggae continued to evolve with the advent of the first drum machines and synthesizers, adding a more electronic touch to productions. Artists and producers such as Scientist, Augustus Pablo and Adrian Sherwood made important contributions to this period.

Reggae dub has also influenced other musical genres, including dubstep, trip-hop and drum and bass.

Today, dub reggae is still very much a part of the musical landscape, with artists and producers continuing to explore new frontiers and push the boundaries of this iconic music. Its distinctive sound, powerful bass and creative sound effects make reggae dub a timeless genre that continues to seduce listeners the world over.