Review: It's safe to say that we are yet to find ourselves disappointed with a Frenk Dublin release, who does it again, this time landing a wavy three track expanse of Dub, Sweat & Beers, jam packed with intense flavour. We begin with 'Detour', a slow, marching epic, pushing forward spacey dub chord delays to dance in the light of the pad textures above. From here, 'Moon Walker' continues down the slower, more haunted path, focussing on little metallic jilts and depthy reverbs, before 'Volca Escalera' supplies is with a more bass-heavy finale, lashing together punchy kick movements and some sweeping acidic synthesis for a top quality outro.
Review: Dub Communication originator Frenk Dublin returns to his best known frequency in the Still Dub EP with four tracks that blur at the edges of what's techno and what's dub. For the harder edged dub fans out there it's all about "Aksu" and "Azalea" with some gritty, heavy and deep vibes - given a silky groove by the former while a thin layer of distortion coats the latter. Spacious and downbeat, "Dischord" wobbles with an almighty tremolo, subtle drum fills and delayed synth stabs with the title track offering something of murderous, cavernous flow rivalled only by the likes of Deadbeat. Dub heads unite!
Review: We have come to expect wonders from Frenk Dublic, a producer who continues to set the bar higher with every single release. This latest three track collection is a fabulous gift from the Dub Communication crew, seeing Frenk deploy a set of high energy dub-style weapons, kicking off with the jumpy chord designs and marching drum structures of 'Soundcraft', a tune we literally cannot wait to hear on a full blown system. Next, the title track 'Cascade One' arrives in style, again pulling ideas from Frenk's clear dub influences to create a sizzling piece of system mastery, driven by yet more creative percussive expression and distant melodica lines. Finally, 'Bluesky Dub' sees us really switch up the flavours with a much slower jig, allowing much more room for expansive basslines and floating delays to run riot. Yet another expertly crafted selection from the man of the moment!
Review: Dub Communication are a label we feel should be celebrated as we move into a brand new decade, with their original dubwise roots proving more relevant than ever in a crowded electronic market place. They here employ the vibrant sounds of Frenk Dublin, who kicks us off with the constantly evolving composition of 'On Di Riddim' before we dive into 'Corruption', a softer, more free-flowing reggae arrangement. Next, it's time to throw on your marching boots as the potent rhythms and engaging chord progressions of the title track 'Me See Fire' lead us forward, before finishing up with the system-ready sub rolls of 'Plastik Dub'. What a way to finish off the year!
Review: As ever with Moonshine Recordings, they have delivered us a seriously top notch selection as they unveil sixteen tracks of sweet reggae bliss. We have one of a line up on the table as we see names such as G Roots, Frenk Dublin, Blind Prophet, Adam Prescott and more throw us contributions as rootsy flavours are given a 2019 face lift. There are some clear standouts from this work, despite all sixteen tracks being absolute show stoppers, including 6Blocc & General Jah Mikey's system-ready stomper 'Too Rude' and the euphoric horn manoeuvres of 'Enchanted Dub' from Halcyonic, G Roots, Digid & Vale. The whole project is excellent, and we are super stoked to have it available here at Juno Download.
Review: We are starting to really look forward to new Frenk Dublin releases appearing in our store as we jump into this, his latest collection of originals, which comes to us courtesy of the Dubstep Rotterdam imprint. As ever, we kick off with some super silky dubwise designs in the title track 'High Upon', which flits between dubbed out snare sections and breathy accordions with serious ease. Next, we jump into the high energy organ riffs and relaxed syncopation of 'Organ Dub Rocker', before the rolling drum lines of 'Champion Sound' wade into view. Finally, we finish up our excursion with the more systemized compositional structures of 'Down Below', which uses subtle sub textures and distant chord progressions to wrap everything up nicely.
Review: We have seen Frenk Dublin's name popping up quite a bit recently as we move closer towards the summer, seeing his unique dubwise flavours bubble to surface the warmer the weather gets. He here presents two brand new scorchers courtesy of Dub Communication, kicking off with the slow rolling chord movements and potent sub structures of 'Lightning Strike', a masterpiece in new school dub music. On the flip side we are giving a more high energy march as 'Thunder Roll' storms into view with subtle, horn like melodic structures and bouncy drum rhythms, perfect for energizing the dance.
Review: You can always count on the super consistent Dub Communication to supply us with some fresh dubwise treats. This project sees them bring forward the combined stylings of Frenk Dublin and Clinton Sly for two tracks of pure flavour. We begin with the softened syncopated chord structures and unpredictable delay movements of the title track 'Good Vibes We Bring', before diving into the dubwise version. This one goes by the name of 'Dub Them Good Vibes' offering the compositional structure up in a completely different light, focussing more so on spacious effects and potent sub bass pressure.
Review: There are few things more enjoyable than getting stuck into a brand new future dubwise release, which is why we are so excited to present you all with this recent four track creation from Frenk Dublin, courtesy of Dub Communication. We begin our journey of this EP with a deep plunge into the amphibious reverberations of 'Express Yourself', before saltering blissfully into the groovy melodica stabs of 'Tell Them'. Next, 'About My Sound' steps up the pace with a more intense drumline, before we finish off a solid body of work with the expressive sounds of the title track 'Radikalism', a composition bursting with dubwise delights and unpredictable delays.
Review: Frenk Dublin brings the sort of vibe here that everyone can get behind. The first thing you notice on 'Let Me Tell Yah' is the dub and reggae influence, those classic bouncy dub notes sound fantastic but don't stop darker dubstep elements from creeping in. 'Steppin Down' ups the tempo slightly but opts for more mellow soundscapes, whereas 'Bongo Rocker' takes you straight to the Tangled Roots at Boomtown with a gorgeous mix of Jamaican and British dance influences. 'My Head Is A Space Echo' stays on the same tip but combines it with a more celestial, spacey feel, before 'Stingray Dub' shuts down the release, a chilled out number, a real eye-closer but one which still hits your chest how it should. Not the most energetic release but it doesn't matter - the dub consistency is what brings the magic.
Review: Despite his name, Dublin is not an Irish producer, but comes from Rotterdam. He was previously behind the Dubstep Rotterdam label and now is launching a new label, Dub Communication. Like his previous venture, the clue to the style is in the title and "Verseput" is a floaty, ethereal techno groove. On "Dichtheid", Dublin mines the influence of Rhythm & Sound with toasted chords shot through with buzzing riffs over a dance hall groove. The "160" version offers a more abstract take on the same track, while confusingly, the "Experimental" version is the most dance-floor friendly take and sees Dublin deliver an understated, pulsing groove.
Review: Four years and 20 releases deep: Frenk Dublin's Dubstep Rotterdam imprint have never been ones to swamp or saturate the genre. Quality over quantity and forever erring on the deeper, cavernous and more dangerous sides of dubstep, here the label takes a moment to reflect and remind us of their breadth so far... From the purring subs and meditative vapour trails of "The Aggressor" to the all-out jungle badness of Hajee's take on "Demon's Rhythm" by way of DWise's industrial strength concrete melting "Mushrooms", it's a fitting document that not only enforces the label's strength but its timelessness too.
Review: Frenk Dublin is back on his native Dubstep Rotterdam, carrying with his a pair of deep, wondrous sound sketches that manage to blend the best of dubstep and, very appropriately, some puristic dub in the same vein as artists like Rhythm & Sound. In fact, both "Wispelturig" and "What I Want" are more on the futuristic roots side of them game, rather than anything dubstep-related; the echoes are out in full effect - literally - the beats are broken, and the textures very much heartical in their approach. There's even a little bit of a step to these grooves, and they wouldn't sound out of place in some dark corner of a Jah Shaka set.
Review: dWise: all-round Russian fun guy and master of the industrial strength deep dub sound. Here he takes us on a dark trip through mechanical twangs, rusty drum textures and gurgling bass tones that will either freak or delight if you were to take the title literally. Label boss Frenk licks up a spacier remix with more room for manoeuvre between the subs, kicks and sci-fi tones and FX. Happy landings.
Review: Babylon's fall has been foretold once more. This time by Dubstep Rotterdam co-founder Frenk Dublin. Continuing to whittle his impeccably authentic dub stick, "Time To Fall" hits with loose but stern command, powdered with refracted reverbs, a soft-but-solid skank and an ultimately bouncy kick/bass arrangement. "Pula Dub" marches with much more militancy; rampant kicks drive the way as the instrumentation is displayed in a much leaner composition. Finally we hit "Steppin' The Light" where a much more techno mindset is applied in the sonic aesthetic of the bassline and rolling kicks. Think mid 2000s Get Physical and you're not far off.
Review: Dubstep Rotterdam co-founder Frenk digs deeper than ever before on "Evolve". A lesson in how to conjure up a fully physical groove with a simple chord sequence and some really detailed studio tweakery, it's nothing short of authentic modern day dub. "Revolution" sees Dublin bringing the step back into his melting pot as a rim shot, shakers and a steady 4/4 combine and mutate to create a smoky, full-bodied sensation. Finally "Jah Dub" brings us full circle with a classic dub cut that's not shy of a little oomph in the kick department. Proper roots business.
Review: It's been a while since we caught a vibe from Dubstep Rotterdam (or its founder Frenk for that matter) but they're making up for lost time in the best way possible here... Three tracks of distinctive dub dynamite, each cut is tailored for peaktime floor fire. "Danger Dub" is a bulbous bounce-off with a Nepali squidge to its bass tone and a kick so reliable you could trust it with your dog. "Evil Dub" is equally demonstrative - all growling basses and switching time signatures, it could throw the most eagle-eared fans off-guard. Finally we hit "Apollo Dub". A much steadier, more authentic dub-minded joint, lean back on its soft skanks and let the low end whisk you away... Welcome back Frenk.
Review: Following outings on Iron Shirt and MWM, Frenk Dublin returns to his Dubstep Rotterdam homestead with two outrageously deep blends. "Interference" is all about the synths; pulsating with warped ease, the riff starts with a soft insistent hammer before growing into a sonic black hole that munches everything in its path. "Midnight" uses the same soundset and chord structure, making the entire release a great creative mixing tool. With more of a staccato sensation to the riff and an exciting sense of unpredictability to the kicks, it will hypnotise any dancefloor within a 10 mile radius. Beautiful.
Review: Dubstep Rotterdam founder Frenk has been on firing form this year. Not only has he nurtured acts like Hajee, Substar and VGB on his label, but he's been dishing out some rich, dark beats himself, too. Here are two perfect examples; "Pervasive Shadow" is a treacle-like gloom monger with added percussive elements and hi-hat splashes providing enough rhythmic excitement and funk throughout. "Demons Rhythm", meanwhile, flips the switch for a much more rampant, ravier slab of bass action. All amens and twisted, processed beats, both the original and Hajee's remix take the new jungle sound and give it a savage seeing to. Heaviness!