listening now for first time but i'm pretty sure this is going to hold up in longer runs:
VA - 'The Sound of Dub' Rare & Soundful Pearls From South Africa (Echo Beach 2005)
in terms of newdub/electronic dancehall/ragga/jungle/hiphop, this blows away the countless things in this vein i've encountered in years. sweet girl singers, afro badman rap, tasteful electronics, interesting beat patterns... clean and crisp, but with melodies... like IDM/downtempo pallette of sounds applied to non-annoying, and non-boring music. a few tracks are like if the Bug got over being so pissed off all the fuckin time. immediately satisfying and doesn't let up on the goodness.
almost approaching the final frontier: AFROCENTRIC DUBSTEP
Have you heard Ben Sharpa Zhao? he's pretty close to afrocentstep n all, more hiphop though, that compilation sounds great.
And yeah early Associates has the same ice-cold expressionism as Travelogue, only Billy could sing lol.