EXCLUSIVE: Debut Channel Tubes Earl Zero Release Dub

Channel Tubes is a newer outfit that is already on the right path to doing great things. It was started by New York based producer and musician Brett Tubin who early last year was one of the first reggae artists I know of to use the crowd source funded platform Kickstarter to great effect.

He’s had some productions released digitally since then and he’s just dropped his first vinyl outing. It features Earl Zero tune doing a new cut of his own classic tune “None Shall Escape The Judgement” with a version on the flip recorded with an all-star band included NYC’s Victor Axelrod AKA Ticklah (from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/ Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra/ Easy Star All-Stars) and Eddie Ocampo!

Originally recorded for producer Bunny Lee at Treasure Isle Studio (with Earl Chinna Smith on guitar), the release had a very limited pressing. Bunny Lee had another singer ultimately voice the song while Johnny Clarke’s version of “None Shall Escape The Judgement” was one of the biggest hits of 1975 helping to launch his career. Due to an error on the label Earl was not given proper credit as writer and instead Clarke is often credited as the writer. This was also evident on a 1996 instrumental version of it by Ernest Ranglin.

After signing a record deal with Warren Smith’s Epiphany label, Zero did finally get to voice his cut by re-recording the tune at Channel One with the Soul Syndicate Band in 1979.

In 2010, Brett reached out to Earl Zero to voice a new cut of the tune and this is the result with a vinyl release that features artwork from J. Bonner (Aggrolites/ JanDisc Records/ Black Emeralds) As a special treat indeed Brett was so kind to send a special dub of the track just for our followers! Listen to it below.

Then click over to his store and order the digital/ 7inch release today. Supporting new vinyl releases and new music in general means keeping the music vital and moving forward.


I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.