Keith Hudson, Pick a Dub

Jeff Chang

By Jeff Chang

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Pick a Dub

Keith Hudson

The weird and wonderful Keith Hudson was, among other things, a certified dentist. He also can make a good claim to introducing DJing on record, giving U-Roy his first big hit with "Dynamic Fashion Way" and doing the same for Big Youth with "S.90 Skank." As dubmaster, he was enigmatic and brilliant. This set, from 1974, captures him working with the Soul Syndicate to reveal a sound that still thrills, troubles, seduces and conquers. From the title track, a version of "S.90 Skank," through to "Depth Charge," the brocaded closer, every bar is freighted with emotion. A true classic.