The 10 Best Summer Albums of All Time

It’s always summertime when you’re chilling with these gems.

Roots Manuva - Dub Come Save Me

Roots Manuva - Dub Come Save Me

A different way of looking at Roots Manuva’s audiogalaxy. As the title states it’s a twist from his previous album ‘Run Come Save Me’ with huge dub influences. It’s enough to note this isn’t considered a LP, merely a remix album by Manuva and other producers.

Essential Track: Witness Dub

Rhythm & Sound w/ The Artists

Rhythm & Sound ‎– w/ The Artists

w/ The Artists is a collection of reggae-oriented tunes Rhythm & Sound (Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald) has issued over the past years. The sound of vintage dub reggae via drum machines, cool analog synths (or their virtual counterparts), and extensive effects is very exquisite. Put this stuff playing and melt away into another reality.

Essential Track: Best Friend

The 10 Best Summer Albums of All Time

The Upsetters - Blackboard Jungle Dub

Originally released as Upsetters 14 Dub Blackboard Jungle in 300 copies and only issued in Jamaica, this was one of the first dub albums. Lee Perry and the Upsetters produce another fine example of their subversive brand of dub with a unique blend of murky rhythm tracks, warbling guitar effects and distant-sounding horns. Words like “radical”, “extreme” and “incredible” fail to describe the grooves that Lee Perry conjured up here.

Essential Track: Black Panta

Dennis Brown ‎– Money In My Pocket: Anthology 1970-1995

Dennis Brown ‎– Money In My Pocket: Anthology 1970-1995

I’ve stated before I consider Dennis Brown to be the greatest voice Jamaice produced. This double disc anthology is an excellent starter to his mournful, almost gosplely, vocal style. Bob Marley once cited Brown as his favorite singer and named him ‘the crown prince of reggae’.

Essential Track: Things in Life

Dub Terror ‎– Dubterror

Dub Terror ‎– Dubterror

Dub Terror is the brainchild of Italian dub producer Simone Lombardi. On his first full-length album he teams up with instrumentalists from around Europe and Asia along with a variety of reggae vocalists to create a brilliant and vibrant collection of modern reggae and dubstep compositions, about evenly divided between instrumentals and vocal numbers. This ideal bass-heavy album is a Summer night favorite, with its futuristic riddims pounding agianst the seawaves, grooving is ensured.

Essential Track: Tetradis Dub

Kanka - Alert

Kanka - Alert

Kanka hails from France and is influenced by UK and Jamaican Dub. His sound is stepper warrior style with strong Drum & Bass section with dynamic drums and Electro sounds that redefines heavy. The album has 9 dubs and 3 vocals ( featuring renowned MC Brother Culture) for you to grrove with. Kanka plays all instruments (drum, percussion, keyboards, bass, machines, etc.)

Essential Track: Trip

Various - Studio One Rockers

Various - Studio One Rockers

The music on Studio One Rockers covers all areas of Reggae such as Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Dancehall, all areas in which Studio One led the field. Included in this compilation are classic Ska tracks, Rocksteady, Roots music, Dancehall  and many more. Featured here are many of the classic tracks from Studio One. From Dawn Penn’s legendary “No, No, No” to classics such as Horace Andy’s “Skylarking” and Marcia Griffith’s “Feel Like Jumping”.

Essential Track: Real Rock

Ticklah ‎– Ticklah Vs. Axelrod

Ticklah ‎– Ticklah Vs. Axelrod

Ticklah is a founding member of the Easy Star All-Stars, with whom he recorded and co-produced Dub Side of the Moon. His third solo album is prime roots reggae steeped in Ethiopian melodies, salsa, and ska, dripping with trippy dub production full of effects and experimentation, especially on the instrumentals “Two Face” and “Descent.” He also calls on a number of friends to add vocals, including reggae stars Mikey General and Rob Symeonn, Vinia Mojica (best known for her work with De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest), Tamar-Kali (of the Easy Star All-Stars), and Mayra Vega (who sang on Antibalas’ “Che Che Cole” single).

Essential Track: Si Hecho Palante

Bob Marley - Exodus

Bob Marley - Exodus

Truth be told, you can’t go wrong with any Bob Marley album, but this is truly Reggae at its best. Recorded while Marley recuperated from an assassination attempt, this is the album that propelled him to the Universal Ambassador of Reggae music.

Essential Track: Jamming