Alt-rockers Fishbone are known for blending ska and punk, as well as funk and soul; Bad Brains favor heavily hardcore punk with recent incorporations of heavy metal, soul and hip-hop. Now these two veteran acts are united: Bad Brains recently teamed up with Angelo Moore of Fishbone to release “Ragga Dub,” a futuristic track that combines Rasta beats and saxophone with punk-dub echoes and trills reminiscent of Indian music. It’s an instrumental-heavy, dance-ready modern take on reggae.
While the two bands have previously joined forces on film and at events, “Ragga Dub” marks their first recorded collaboration. What’s more, producer Miguel (a/k/a Perro Bravo) – an original producer and performer of Sublime – gets a remix credit on the eclectic single. “Ragga Dub” is the third track on Dub Rockers Volume 1, an album that features acts including Slightly Stoopid, Inner Circle and Capleton, John Brown’s Body and Peetah Morgan. The album celebrates the lasting impact and evolving sound of reggae music in the 21st century. Check out Rolling Stone‘s exclusive preview of “Ragga Dub,” and go to iTunes to preorder the compliation album it appears on, Dub Rockers.