Jah Wobble Revisits “Poptones” From Upcoming Album “Metal Box – Rebuilt In Dub”

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Public Image Ltd.’s second album, the 1979 masterpiece Metal Box was a lightning rod to the music world in more ways than one. The first pressing of the album was sold in an unadorned, round metal tin containing three 45 RPM records. The packaging signaled the intention, this was a band whose artistic aesthetic would not be forced to conform to the traditional commodification of commercialised music. As a result, the album became a hugely influential, landmark release in post-punk. Now Jah Wobble, one of the key co-creators of that album, and co-founder of PiL alongside former Sex Pistol John Lydon, has returned to Metal Box, completely reinventing eight of the album’s songs with sophisticated dub interpretations.

Jah Wobble is, of course, no stranger to dub rhythms, having drawn influence from both reggae and world music throughout his spectacular career. But Metal Box – Rebuilt In Dub seems to have truly caused Jah Wobble to dig deep and bring out his absolute creative best. Speaking of the album, he declares “It’s as mesmerizing as the original, but with a deeper broader scope. I put my heart and soul into this”. You can stream Poptones here and you can pre-order Metal Box – Rebuilt In Dub on physical formats via Cleopatra Records and you can pre-save the album via streaming platforms here.