Black Dub by Black Dub on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Daniel Lanois has released several impressive solo albums over the past 20 years, yet he is best known as the visionary producer who has engineered landmark albums by U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and many others. With Black Dub Lanois plays the role of engineer, bandleader, and musician (guitar, keyboards, vocals). Joining him are a couple of regular Lanois collaborators, drummer Brian Blade and bassist Daryl Johnson, along with newcomer Trixie Whitney on vocals. The album is remarkably diverse, fusing elements of dub, New Orleans gospel, trip-hop, blues, soul, and edgy rock into something mysterious and powerful. There are moving soul ballads sung confidently by Whitney (“Surely”), funky shuffles (“Last Time,” “Sing”), and headphone masterpieces (“Ring the Alarm,” “Slow Baby”) that transport the listener through lush soundscapes that can be dense and dark one moment and airy and spacious the next. Lanois has long been a master of creating distinct moods through his work, and he and his band absolutely nail it on Black Dub’s excellent debut release.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Daniel Lanois has released several impressive solo albums over the past 20 years, yet he is best known as the visionary producer who has engineered landmark albums by U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and many others. With Black Dub Lanois plays the role of engineer, bandleader, and musician (guitar, keyboards, vocals). Joining him are a couple of regular Lanois collaborators, drummer Brian Blade and bassist Daryl Johnson, along with newcomer Trixie Whitney on vocals. The album is remarkably diverse, fusing elements of dub, New Orleans gospel, trip-hop, blues, soul, and edgy rock into something mysterious and powerful. There are moving soul ballads sung confidently by Whitney (“Surely”), funky shuffles (“Last Time,” “Sing”), and headphone masterpieces (“Ring the Alarm,” “Slow Baby”) that transport the listener through lush soundscapes that can be dense and dark one moment and airy and spacious the next. Lanois has long been a master of creating distinct moods through his work, and he and his band absolutely nail it on Black Dub’s excellent debut release.

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About Black Dub

Black Dub was formed in 2009 by producer, guitarist, and songwriter Daniel Lanois with bassist Daryl Johnson, drummer Brian Blade, and vocalist/keyboardist Trixie Whitley (daughter of the late singer songwriter Chris Whitley). The band began recording their rehearsals on audio and video while shopping for a deal, posting the videos on YouTube. The musical mixture is a heady, steamy, nocturnal brew of rock, New Orleans-inspired funk, soul, reggae, and Americana. They recorded their self-titled debut in various locations, and decided on releasing the set on Red Ink, which is distributed by Jive. They also began playing a limited live engagements in anticipation of the forthcoming release and posting some of these performances on their website. The album's release was delayed, however, when Lanois was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in July of 2010. After a fairly miraculous recovery, the album was finally issued in the late fall of 2010 and garnered favorable reviews. ~ Thom Jurek

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • FORMED
    Oct 2009

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