This unusual project comes to us from producer Adrian Sherwood and session guitarist Skip McDonald (aka Little Axe).

This unusual project comes to us from producer Adrian Sherwood and session guitarist Skip McDonald (aka Little Axe). The music, hailed as dub-blues, is a combination of Jamaican dub and blues. Don't expect to see this album nominated for a W.C. Handy Award; it's barely recognizable as a standard-issue blues album. Still, it's a fascinating reconceptualization of the emotional content of blues music. The tracks are built with the kind of layered density typical of dub, featuring a fair amount of signal processing, sampling, and rap. The prevailing mood of the songs is very bluesy, however, and that resonance is unmistakable and surprising, given the arrangements, which stray very far from anything we've heard from a modern blues artist (though Popa Chubby may be getting there). This is definitely blues a dub fan can appreciate.—PVV