Dub De Luxe
Feat. Doc Reggae
Doc Reggae keeps collaborating with dozens of various, unlikely, cosmopolitan musicians (U.K., Jamaica, Nigeria, U.S.A., Eritrea, France) and at the same time fronts a steady reggae dub group, Dub De Luxe.
Doc Reggae is still a teenager when he moves to a Jamaican neighbourhood in London, where he forms Private Vices in 1977. The punk group splits up after a few recordings and many gigs, including a U.K. tour supporting The Dickies in 1979. Back in France in 1982, at first the Doc goes busking outside the Nice Casino with Youri Lenquette, then forms vocal group Les Amours in Paris. Together they play a series of gigs and release a song.
Now a four piece, by 1986 Les Amours record seven tunes including a reggae song, « Le Pot de colle », hoping to put together a debut album. A new single, « Des Couleurs », is pressed in Jamaica after a session in Kingston with Ziggy Marley’s bass player, Chris Meredith. It is followed up by another 45, « Ça bouge (sur la place Rouge) » on the topic of the Soviet Union’s regime falling apart. The « Bruno Blum » album gathers these various recordings and is finally released by New Rose Records in 1990. It is followed by a video clip broadcasted on M6, « L’Histoire de ma guitare ».
Through the years Doc Reggae remains busy playing live. Reggae with Dub De Luxe, but also r&b with The Sexy Frogs and soon The Blum Brothers. Clement « Coxsone » Dodd produces two of his original songs at Studio One in Jamaica. Upon return from this recording session The Dub Ambassadors adopt Doc Reggae and record half of the « Nuage d’Ethiopie » album with him.
Busy restoring and issuing rare Bob Marley tracks, the Doc records one more song in Jamaica, this time with The Wailers. He also records « The War Album » in Kingston with them. The album includes the cult song « War » featuring the voice of Haile Selassie in person. Bob Marley’s voice is added to a remix that hits Echoes’ Roots & Culture (modest) sales charts in 1998 at number one.
Featuring the voices of Haile Selassie, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Rita Marley, Big Youth, Buffalo Bill and Doc Reggae, « The War Album » is released on January 1, 2001 (Rastafari Records) to an instant underground success, getting much appreciation by rastas all around the world.
Following the broadcasting by FIP radio of the « Si je reste » single, the Doc’s French reggae album « Nuage d’Ethiopie » (Disques De Luxe) is released in the spring of 2001. It contains a few extra tunes recorded with Dub De Luxe.
Carefully written, the « Think Différent » album contains reggae but also ska, rhythm & blues, bossanova, dub, blues and vocal jazz. It is released in 2002 (Ménilmontant International).
In 2003 Doc Reggae releases the « Welikom 2 Lay-Gh-Us ! » album (Ménilmontant International-BMG) recorded in Lagos, Nigeria with Amala and many musicians that used to record with Fela Kuti. The « Paris c’est pas funky » single is broadcasted regularly by France Inter.
Both Serge Gainsbourg reggae albums are remixed in Jamaica by the Doc. They also get their dub and DJ version treatment, and give him an opportunity to release his own English rendition of « Lola Rastaquouère » on the double « Aux armes et cætera » CD (Mercury 2003). The « Marilou Reggae » single is also entirely re-recorded in Kingston around Gainsbourg’s original voice track.
The Doc records several original songs on those « Marilou Reggae » sessions (Featuring Horsemouth Wallace and Flabba Holt). The « Doc Reggae » album is completed with more songs recorded with Dub De Luxe in Paris and a dancehall version of « Je ne suis pas bien portant » (‘J’ai la rate qui s’dilate’) based on the Sly Dunbar-produced « Murder She Wrote » rhythm Chaka Demus & Pliers made famous.
After various concerts, including some in Africa (Eritrea), Dub de Luxe is off to Bali (Indonesia) to play the island’s annual reggae festival in 2006.