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John Brown's Body futurizes reggae with 'Land of Plenty Dub'

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Heather Ainsworth

John Brown’s Body is the rare roots reggae group that extends itself beyond simple historical reenactment, working in modern influences to create something that sounds like Lee “Scratch” Perry remixing a Radiohead track, which has led to No. 1 spots on the Billboard reggae chart and a comfy place in the jam band scene. For their new album Kings and Queens in Dub (out April 7 on Easy Star Records and currently available for pre-order in digital and CD formats) they worked with NYC reggae stalwart and Antibalas member Victor Axelrod, aka Ticklah, who produced the single “Land of Plenty Dub.”

According to JBB’s Drew Sayers, “He added so much to that group with his improvisations and compositional sense, and when I started to dig in to his productions I quickly realized he is one of my favorite all-around musicians out there. He brought something really special and unique with ‘Land Of Plenty Dub’—he achieves that balance between using classic dub techniques and tones but applied in a way you’ve never heard before.”