Deptford Dub Club: Tessa Special

Sunday 19 September 2021

On Sunday 19 th September the D.D.C. @ The Fox features Tessa Pollitt. She’ll be spinning 100% Roots and Culture Reggae in Soundsystem style. Tessa was the bassie throughout the career of The Slits, who’s seminal 70s LP “The Cut” was produced by Dub-master Dennis Bovell. Tessa draws from a deep love of the music and selects from a collection amassed back in the day. Slits vocalist Ari Up lived for a long time in JA and sent back nuff Dubplate and ting and Tess will be drawing on these too…wow.


Warm up selection will come from the inimitable Dubplate Pearl. Pearl is a well respected fixture on the London reggae scene. You name a venue where memorable ravin’ happened and Pearl’s probably played there. She’s spun in combination with most selector’s you could mention too. Currently she’s probably best known for her highly convivial Camberwell Connection events. Pearl is a great friend of the DDC and has been since its inception.

Another of our amigos, Ras Danny Mosiah, will also be putting the needle to the groove on the wheels of steel.. Danny will need no introduction to regulars at The Deptford Dub Club as he is a stalwart. He’s more widely know through his work with Jah Shaka over many years. His sets are always wicked.

Resident Soft Wax will also spinning and there’ll be the usual live instrumental and vocal in puts on the mic.. Expect Humble B on Sax and Wicked Will on Trumpet.

Also live and direct will be our resident singjay Doc Murdoch and special guests.

Rocksteady will be playing all afternoon in the glorious garden. So reach early, we’ll be moving indoors and warming up the big dub machine from 6. Skanking is a feature of this night in a convivial boozer, so put on your dancing shoes. We expect a road block.

NB: Tessa was the bassie for the mighty Slits throughout their recording career; including playing all over their awesome debut album, The Cut ( produced by Dennis Bovell ) and “Heard it Through The Grapevine” single.

Through to their final (Adrian Sherwood produced ) LP, that contains a killer version of “Babylon”. Not surprisingly this queen of avant bass has a phenomenal collection of reggae records that she’ll be selecting from on this one away night.