Review: Label newcomer Canopy Records, compiled and conceptualised by label head Sumosui, sends out some super Afro transmission for this first release. 'Africa No 1' is a single that features a superb tune from Benin City in Edo State, Nigeria, which was first put out locally in 1987. It is by the late great Nigerian reggae artist Ehi Duncan and his The Africa Army Express band and next to the uplifting original are two new mixes from Captain Planet. He brings the tune into the modern day with some tight key, horn and synth sounds for the first mix, and the second is a slower, more mid-tempo bit of afro disco. Lovely vibes.
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: It's always a great pleasure to see the legendary Frenk Dublin making his return to Dub Communication, as he this time arrives with a full length 10 track album drop, dripping in original dubwise flavour and futuristic production techniques. Frenk Dublin is a master in his field, a truth we hear displayed across the full breadth of this collection, from the moody chord shifts and dubby fx of 'Divide & Rule', to the post-tech drum rolls and stuttering synthetics of 'Tranquility' and shimmering pad textures of 'Geo'. The whole project is a sonic journey from start to finish, that simply must be listened to in a long play format to be able to grasp the magnitude of spaciness that we are able to delve into. Our highlights include the skippy rhythms and bubbling synthesizer runs of 'Ace', next to the more tech inspired maneuvers of 'The Expansion', showing Frenk's versatility is not to be played with!
Review: Over the years we have become very used to Om Unit supplying us with some of the most experimental musical creations out there. This brand new album entitled 'Acid Dub Stories' is the embodiment of that refusal to fall into line, with the tracklisting exploring electronic music production in a way we have never heard before. There is distinctly retro feel about the general arrangement of the project, from the moogy synthesizer action of 'Ghosts' and 'Bristol Theme' to the more spacious use of pad textures in 'Dissolved' and 'Celestial Envoy', It's impossible to define the project within any singular bracket, with it being best described as a masterpiece in digital sound design. Other highlights include the constantly alternating melodic structures of 'The Struggle' and the digital dubwise vibes of 'Circled'. Amazing work!
Review: Veteran duo Pig&Dan return with their eagerly anticipated sophomore long player. Destination Unknown 2 is a hypnotising and blissful collection of 10 tracks, exploring a wide variety of moods and grooves that's testament to the diversity in their sonic repertoire. From the balmy wall-of-sound-dub of "Make You Higher", the sunset balerica of "I Need You" which is perfect for poolside chilling, to the breaks-infused downbeat electronica of "Serenity" and the blunted hip-hop beats of "Keeping It Right" - Destination Unknown 2 is the soundtrack to a perfect summer
Review: Bringing the dubbed out reggae vibes back to Viking Grooves is Hansi with a sweet four-track EP of dub dub dub. Keeping it smokey yet steppy in "Rewd Boi", get your dance lessons served to you by Lee Scratch in "Avin' A Party Tonite" alongside the dubstep beats and slowed down Mary J. Blige samples of "Tee-C-Her". Super rare dub edits to explored across this EP, get your slice of lover's rock in "Jonny Be Good".
Review: As always with Moonshine Recordings, we are very excited to jump into this new release which once again gives us a very modern take on dubwise themes and reggae in general. D-Operation is the artist in question who heads up two exclusive remixes of 'Liberation', the first of which features Vale as an official 'Trumpet Version', combining potent basslines and marching drum-lines with powerful horn performance to spin any system. On the flip, Babe Roots and Don Fe give the track a much different feel, slowing everything down and focussing on haunting flute lines and powerful subs below for a much more ethereal vibe. Incredible stuff!
Review: When he's not releasing clubbier house wares from the likes of Detroit Swindle, Waze & Odyssey or The Carter Brothers, the Australian-based Kevin Griffiths can be seen releasing what he calls Eclectic Musical Magic via his Isle Of Jura label. Following a stream of releases since 2016, first up for 2020 is a reggae disco cover of "Ain't Nobody" by Jamaican artist Yvonne Archer. Originally released in 1980 (40 years ago!) this release comes packed with a Lovers Rock leaning "Checking Out The Way I Feel" with a Jura Soundsystem edit and dub of the original - stripping back guitars for newer delay techniques, washier vocals and extra groove effects for the first of two licensed releases from John Rubie that will appear on Isle Of Jura this year.
Review: Hot on the heels of their Open Your Eyes EP comes a cheeky remix package of their herbal homage "High Grade". Reversions now on offer come from the seemingly unstoppable Ruckspin (tonked up super-stepper), Lee Mortimer-endorsed Tymer (gritty, 4/4, electro business) and UK dub dons Vibrophonics who provide a vocal remix and no less than three versions! A bona fide lecture in bass, each rub prises a different element of the original, manipulating and processing it to make a whole new low-end journey. There are still a few seats left on this Zion train... Grab a ticket and get with the gents.
Review: Suns Of Arqa are back on Emotional Rescue with a new single that finds them building on their illustrious career fusing Indian classical approaches with dub energy. "Acid Tabla" works off a steppers thrust but equally capitalises on the textural, rhythmic delights of the titular tabla. Who better to remix such an outernational dub excursion than Adrian Sherwood? His treatment is a light, respectful tweaking that keeps the spirit of the original intact. "Asian Rebel" is a more confrontational track with its abrasive sonic splashes and unsettling bassline. Hyphen Collective then seek to make a more meditative brew out of such fiery ingredients, and their dub mix more than rises to the challenge.
Review: As always with the legendary production styles of 6Blocc has provided us with some sizzling flavours on this spicy, extensive new refix collection, taking the title 'Dub Marley'. Reworking numerous works from the most famous name in reggae music, 6Blocc does what he does best, pulling older tunes into the here and now through a combination of junglist and dubwise production approaches. The project as a whole is pretty exceptional, with numerous classics from the late great Bob being thrown in for multiple recreations, including 'Forever In Dub', 'Revolution, 'Ganja Gun' and more. For us there are a couple of clear standouts, with the '140 Steppers Remix' version of 'Running Away' and the highly energetic drum skips and breaksy rolls of 'Stir It Up' being the two that immediately jump out from this impressive selection.
Review: The shape-shifting, corner-dwelling AKI joins Foundation Audio with six new murkers, each one supremely balanced and meditative. This, as you'd expect, is the deeper end of the dubstep spectrum, and while tunes like "Shimmer Dub" or "Spectre" might not tear it up on first listen, they can cause some serious hertz damage when played out loud and BIG! "Cesspool" stumbles in an off-kilter manner, boasting a tenebrous gust of bass at its core, while "Artefakt" feels like the more minimalistic extreme of the grime equation, which leads on nicely to the closing remix of "Shimmer Dub" from Chad Dubz, another impenetrable wall of low frequencies and pure heartical vibes. Bless up!
Dubbing Sun & Echo Ranks & Small Town Dubz - "Politician" (Small Town Dubz Roots version) - (3:58) 140 BPM
Dubbing Sun & Echo Ranks & Radikal Guru - "Politician" (Radikal Guru remix) - (3:51) 140 BPM
Dubbing Sun & Echo Ranks & Radikal Guru - "Politician" (Radikal Guru dub) - (3:51) 140 BPM
Review: It sure is a tasty one for the latest edition of the Moonshine Recordings run as they invite the high energy combination of both Dubbing Sun and Echo Ranks together for a marching system delight entitled 'Politician', stooped in bass bin busting sub tones and inspiring vocal chants. They have also supplied a few very tidy remixes to run alongside, With the legendary Radikal Guru leading the way with his metallic rethink alongside a fully reworked dub version. This is then followed up by the super spacey sounds of the Small Town Dubz Roots version, rounding up the whole project nicely.
Review: What a link up we have here as Mungo's HiFi return to Scotch Bonnet for a wicked collaborative set of creations alongside the legendary vocal lines of Kiko Bun. This is a team we have seen before but are yet to be disappointed by as we open up with the classic-sounding grooves and catchy vocal riffs of 'Riddim General', which sets the tone for the project perfectly, with those basslines below giving us some seriously cool vibes. Next, the slightly slower tempo and more stripped back arrangements of 'Miss Burnett' give us an early 2000's skank-feel, doused with dubbed out chord delays and more wicked bassline action. Both tracks are accompanied by the smoothened riddim versions, rounding off another wicked two-single drop in style.
Review: Antidote is a ten-track album of dub remixes never yet released from the Mungo Hi Fi Soundsystem at large. Proudly inspired by dub originators and pioneers like King Tubby, Scientist and Errol Thompson with a futuristic 2021 edge to boot, all tracks on display here throw down a message for inner reflection, non-physical travel and communion with nature - the Antidote to stress of our modern day life! Across these tracks expect collaborative snatches from the likes of lyricists Pupajim ("Time Traveller") and Solo Banton in "Pulsating Dub" next to Jamaican dancehall legends Jah Thomas and Lady Ann's Doctor Doctor "NHS 24 Dub". An album that will appeal to lovers of the classic Jamaican artform and contemporary bass music in equal measure, Antidote has cool mornings and warm nights written all over it. Mungo sounds.
Review: The futuristic dub stylings of renowned imprint: Scotch Bonnet are back on display with some serious style as the team gather up twelve tracks for their explosive second edition of the 'Puffers Choice' compilation series. There are refined dubstyle flavours throughout, with our immediate favourites coming from Wolves and Bo Johnson, who provides innovative grooves and creative melodies on 'Follow Me', whilst Chief Rockas and Supercat combine on the dancehall stylings of 'Dance Inna New York'. The dark vocal pressure of General Jah Mikey also deserves a mention as he provides the fire alongside Naram on 'Ites, Green & Gold'.