Dirty Dubster's popular Ragga Party Jams series continues, with another quartet of dubwise mash-ups and reggae/hip-hop futures. Larry SKG kicks things off with "Hypocrites", an expertly crafted fusion of a classic soulful reggae riddim and well-chosen hip-hop samples. DJ Maars' "Just Like Music" blends a familiar rap vocal and sunshine reggae jam with vocal cuts from a classic Marvin Gaye slow jam, while DJ Rebel's "Here Comes The Mashupper" layers a skanking riddim with all manner of familiar vocal samples. Best of all, though, is "I Shot Big L", in which Bob Marley takes a trip into scratchy reggae hip-hop territory. It shouldn't work, but it's sympathetically produced and sounds like a sunshine anthem in the making.
Dirty Dubster head to the Czech Republic's darkest, dirtiest dancehalls as they invite Supa John to the fold for his debut release. "Love Dem Bad" is brutal and bashy. Gravelly vocals a go-go; it's an instant grinder. "This Is Sensi Jam" is much more chilled as we relax into a soft sexy skank. "Gimmie Di Weed" takes a well-known Nextmen lick and flips it into a herb homage while "High Rope" completes the set with a shimmering skank and full focus on heartfelt R&B-esque vocals from Janelle Monae. An impressively accomplished debut.
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - original) - (2:53) 88 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Bim One Production remix) - (3:02) 93 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Dirty Dubsters remix) - (3:48) 95 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Jinx In dub remix) - (3:40) 88 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Tradesman remix) - (3:09) 95 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - Subtifuge Jungle remix) - (5:13) 87 BPM
Dreader Than Dread (feat Parly B - riddim version) - (2:52) 88 BPM
Spoil yourself with six alternative versions of Danny T's summer vibin' Dreader Than Dread. Bim One strips the mid range and focuses on the lyrical, low end and percussive content of the track while the Dirty Dubsters live up to their name by mugging up the mix for something far more filtered. The real deep electronic vibes come from Jinx's dub, before bringing the track to life with a funky bassline - and the tablas come out in Tradesman's remix! For all the junglists there's Subtifuges rework and don't forget the riddim version for that instrumental alternative.
Buraka Som Sistema's Enchufada label has sourced artists from many exotic locations, but this time they've found their latest signing lurking in the decidedly more urban Brooklyn, New York. However that's where the city ends, as "Barulho" is pure tropicalia through and through. There's two tracks featured here: the deep and slow "Fradonia" which kicks things off with a saucy digi-cumbia grind, and the stark twerk-fest of "Pablo And Andrea" which boasts some pretty impressive and frankly otherworldly call and response vocal samples.
With previous on Dirty Dubster Digital, Wood N Soo are no strangers to the boundary-punching funk on Irish Moss, as ably shown on this skank-flecked ragga-ravaged party blaster. Featuring Deadly Hunta - a toaster whose repertoire includes the likes of Buju Banton and Mad Professor - his gravelly vocals carry instant command as the beats bubble and bounce. Remix-wise Cut La Vis adds more sunshine to the groove, Dirty Dubsters add a gritty bass-bitten 4/4, SaBBo & Gurfinkel throw down the dark halfstep drama while Yan Zombie gets freaky and ultimately trippy in the beat department.
Booty Fruit's DJ Maars joins forces with newcomer Tom Showtime for some seriously delicious sound mash-ups for this EP. "Heatwave Episode" is a funked-out re-edit of Dr.Dre's and Snoop Dogg's infamous "The Next Episode", whilst "Hungry Busta" puts a real dancehall vibe over Busta Rhyme's inimitable vocal machine-gun bursts. "Rocksteady Up" re-fixes yet another early 2000's hip hop gem "Ante-Up", and "Champion Steez" goes all breakbeat/ska mode, introducing some rather rapacious Jamaican lyrics over that booty-shaking groove.
Stylo G enters 3 Beat territory with his latest bundle of dancehall delight and hip-swaying ganja riddims! "Soundbowy" comes in two forms, the first with the man's own vicious and infectious lyrics riding all over the rhythm and the second as a bouncing, dread-ready instrumental. Di Genius remixes the original by adding in some much needed house sensibility and once again leaving us with another instrumental to scratch away until da mornin' come! Sigma's re-interpretation is somewhat breakbeat-leaning thanks to its brain-shattering d&b muscle, whilst Ross Couch literally transforms the track into a seductive club house stepper!