Review: Ragga, dubstep and breakbeat come together nicely on this new release from Irish production duo Dirty Dubsters. "Martin Luther Dub" makes for a sinuous and snakey start to the EP, thanks to its almost acidic bass leads, while "True Champion" brings in the rootsy fire and dancehall flavours over a sparse half-steppin' beat.
Review: Ireland may not be the first place that springs to mind when discussing reggae. Now, following the success of recent album Special Request, the Emerald Isle's Dirty Dubsters (DJ Obese and Jay Sharp) are back with the distinctly Jamaican vibes of pop-dancehall ditty, "Old Vet Again". Further on there are three more new tracks to enjoy - the dubby 2-step hybrid "Street Ruff", the speedy DnB of "Sky Larker" and the feelgood Maytails/Tone Loc mash-up "Monkey Madina". Fun!
Review: Irish Moss recordings: promoting positive vibes in reggae and bass music culture. They don't fail to deliver on their mission statement here, so check this out. Ireland's DJ Obese and Jay Sharp team up again for a full length that is serious fire! "Mr Willams Dirty Dubsterz Meets Special Request" gives us a well rolled lowdown that's hard to argue with. Feel the bass on "Back To Boom City" where Blackout JA tells the truth; blunted style. There's some female MCs on here too such as on "Blue Fishes" (with Soom T's smooth delivery) and there's drum and bass on "I Love" and we'll give you just one guess what they're referring to? We know what you're thinking and don't worry: there's some killer bashment vibes on tracks like "Domino". Jah!
Review: Take a wee dash of Ugly Duckling. Add a massive pinch of Dub Pistols. Bake in an Irish funk oven for several years. Follow this recipe correctly and you'll have Fire It Up, the debut album from the up-and-up duo Obese and Jay Sharp. Not to mention their crack team of killer mic-men. With such a wide range of vocals, the Dubsters hold down the consistency vibe with consummate ease. From Leiko Tola's Ty-style sedate delivery on "Musical Husslers" and Bass Nacho's gritty guttural system-chatter on "Real Bad Boys" to Danny Reid's melodic classical reggae sing-song glow on "Answer Mi Question", there's a tangible 'live' feeling about the whole set. A highly accomplished debut album. If these guys aren't dominating festivals in the next few years this really is Broken Britain.
Review: A bona fide Brooklyn/Dublin beat battle: Afu Ra's hype-style rap fusion creates block-rocking chaos as the Irish double D duo expertly tweak a very well-known horn sample. In a scene driven by bootlegs, it's great to hear some original vocal nu-funk, especially when key player Pimpsoul gets loose with a hip-swinging re-rub. With added bottom end welly and a more prominent swagger, he's given an already great tune extra versatility. We're not massive fans of swearing here at Juno to be honest, but when "Real Shit" is presented to us in such a sassy manner, we actively encourage it.
Review: A hook-up between Irish wobble-maestros Dirty Dubsters and Florida MC Bass Nacho, "Bend Down Low" is a very lovable fusion of gritty dubstep and fun-filled hip hop sway and tempo, combined with an almost Caribbean chorus replete with sunny brass and organs. Max Rubadub builds on that reggae flavour for his electro-skankin' mix, while mixes from CMC & Silenta add a more flowing electro-funk bounce.
Review: Taken from their album Fire It Up, "Real Bad Boys" makes a very subtle reference to the chord structure on Inner Circle's famous "Bad Boys" and features the distinctive guttural vocal tones of Blackout JA. Remix-wise Irish Moss have called in the big guns. Jalapeno's Basement Freaks turn in a strutting nu-funk blend while Bristol's finest reggae D&B crew Run Tingz get lively with a fire-starting 170 workout. Bad boy business, through and through...
Review: Serious summer fun, as Irish party crew Dirty Dubsters team up with London's most gravelly tonsilled toaster Dark Angel for an instant sing-along skanker. For added weight Irish Moss have recruited an impeccable range of remixers: jungle legend Kenny Ken smashes out the amens, Red Astaire gets his slo-mo dub swing on while Dan Taliras cooks up a cheeky digidub version. Outstanding vibes throughout, jump on this cart today!
Review: Irish wobble-maestros Dirty Dubsters continue their relentless assault on the junodownload charts, unveiling "Girls Pon Mi Mind" a eminently carnival ready collaboration with Champion UK Deejay Top Cat, which comes backed with some switch em up remixes. The original version pays equal attention to the chunked out beats as it does the authentic dubbed out skank riddims that shift in and out of focus along with some vintage JA horns, whilst Top Cat's distinctive delivery rides the circa 140bpm bump with aplomb. Those wanting something a bit rowdier will no doubt be satisfied by the accompanying remixes from Liondub and Spenda C which flip "Girls Pon Mi Mind"in a vintage jungle stylee and main room dumbstep way respectively.
Review: When it comes to contemporary reggae collaborations, Rise Up star Turbulence is a big look. With a distinctive vocal style, his delivery is so emphatic he'll have you singing along before you even know the words. Naturally this hook-up with Dirty Dubsters is no exception as he surges forth over a bubbling digidub hook. Remix-wise we're bombarded with boundary-bashing rubs: King Yoof gets lively with a vibrant jump-up breaks blend, Zion Train get deep with a rippling sub session, Numa Crew serve up a slamming, swaggering halfstep version while T-Kay closes the show with a spotless jump-up D&B shout out. Each version tickling a different corner of the dance, Irish Moss have curated a very special set right here.
Review: The unlikely heavyweight connection of Dublin and Kingston heralds the second single from the Dirty Dubsters forthcoming Fire It Up album. Enlisting the unmistakable vocal rasp of legendary 'Mic Veteran' Burro Banton. ''Dem Can't Stop We'' is the infinitely catchy jungle/d&b hybrid the Dubsters are devastating dancefloors with, and this mini EP features surprising remixes that come from very different sides of the jungle spectrum. London's Yes King goes with a bubblin' 90's style digital riddim inspired by the golden era of Dancehall while Colorado's Bobby C Sound TV delivers a ghetto funk style mid-tempo break complete with earth shattering synth bass. Another international link up release from Irish Moss Records.
Review: More low-swung nu-funk badness from the Dirty Dubster crew right here. Cruising at the crucial sub-110bpm territory and oozing squidgy bass, each of the three cuts on this volume will cause serious buttshakery on your floor. "Here We Go Biggie" is the real party piece; taking the big guy's inimitable vocal delivery and applying it to a cool, understated hook it's got that deep funk power many producers try to attain but never quite hit. Pineapple Funk closes the show with a very cool rendition of C&C Music Factory's "Do You Wanna Get Funky" (a track that many will associate with the Freestylers from their big beat days). With myriad vocal samples and a nifty electro bass hook that's used with care, it neatly sums up why you should be tuned into the Dirty Dubster sound...
Review: It's perhaps a bit of a stretch to class all of these floor-friendly bootlegs as "ragga". The opener from label bosses The Dirty Dubsters is actually a skanking, dubwise, breaks-friendly rework of soul classic "Papa Was A Rolling Stone". Titan Sound's "Boom In The Jungle" sounds a bit like a slightly more dutty take on the classic reggae/hip-hop mash-ups once successfully peddled by J-Star. Perhaps the biggest cut of the lot, though, is the gargantuan skank of ZJ TZinas and Mrbigk's "My Style Is De Bomb". That said, the incessant ragga bounce of Spenda's "Get Hot Bun Dem" runs it close, if only for the amount of whoops it manages to cram into four minutes!
Review: This EP from the Dirty Dubsters camp executes a single idea incredibly well: to apply electro-swing rhythms and production techniques to a bunch of old Latin records, be they Brazilian mambos, Cuban stompers or punchy sambas. The results are very floor-friendly, with just the right balance between the horn-heavy, Latino authenticity of the source material and the contemporary beats, breaks and effects. All four tracks appear 'tried and tested' and sound like they could create pandemonium if dropped at the right time. If we had to pick a highlight, it would probably be the gritty, breathless opener from Smugdruggler - though Panama Cardoon's Tito Puente-ish "Shingaling" isn't far behind.