Fresh from Salt Lake City via San Francisco, Illoom delivers some seriously authentic dub vibes here. It's all based on one groove: the EP's namesake "Ganja Bee Riddim". While the title conjures up slightly sad images of stoned stripy insects, it's actually a very sprightly, hypnotising reggae groove with the enduring insistence of the most dedicated worker bee. Throughout the EP, Illoom allows each MC to guide the cut the way they want it. Bunny Lie Lie nods towards the Horace Andy style delivery, Afro Omega add a sense of battle harmony while Cheshire goes for a more throaty, emphatic toast. A very interesting project.
San Fran sound scientist Roommate dusts off his history books for a varied selection of dub through the ages. It a lesson in refreshment, too; there's no getting lost in the dark dungeon groove here as Roomy highlights the more uplifting, melodic shades of dub. "Tiny Island" takes a King Tubby pills, "Dis One" is so sprightly and 90s it wouldn't have sounded amiss on "UFOrb", "We Nah Go Run" is more a Pretty Lights-meets-Zion Train old/new soundclash while "Palm Funk" brings us to a climax with funk calypso riff that's so percussive and embracing its almost 70s Nigeria. A fine retrospective future gaze.
International Praise Dub (feat Jah My-T & Dubiterian & Martin Nunez) - (4:53) 142 BPM
White Sands - (2:51)
Lambs Bread - (4:06) 142 BPM
Operator - (3:56) 140 BPM
Spiritual Music - (3:12)
Ideal sunny-side dub vibes; slip Roommate's sophomore long player in your soundbox and slide away to a heart-tickling sonic scenario, where the bass is rich and warm enough to toast a few crumpets and the vibe is positively horizontal. Riding with a tight digi-dub flavour, the US producer flies from lover's rock style synth smooching ("Natural Selection") to sparkly Balearic style half step ("White Sands") via tropical tub-thumping organ skankery ("Operator"). Fun, funky and just the perfect smidgeon of dark; this is a genuine treasure.
Roommate provide some upbeat, reggae influenced dubstep on playfully entitled label Avocaudio with a carefree attitude, this is just straight up fun. Kicking off the "Tropicali Paradise" EP is "Dynamite" - a swinging little number with chirpy melodies, piano keys and murmuring bassline. Next is "Licensed" which references a certain classic jungle anthem, but adds in some smacking kicks and snares and transforms it into a 21st century dubstep smasher. "Higher Force" is a more unique, synth-driven piece, whilst the last track "Early Dub" rounds things off nicely with a more dubbed out feel.