Review: 'Mordechai is another blissed-out record from Texan party-chill-psyche trio Khruangbin. It's also among the outfit's most defined and driven, a smooth, sticky hot funk odyssey made for hazy afternoon soirees. Leader Laura Lee is, as ever, unfathomably siren-like on vocals, her bass grooves aiding the process of seduction no end. Even at the most upbeat and anthemic, 'Time (You and I)', it's hard not to feel woozy and intoxicated by the pared-back breaks and guitar lick combination. Dance floor ammo for sure, as is Pelota. Overall, though, it's an album best savoured slowly, allowing you to fully appreciate every lackadaisical moment of opiate goodness, with tracks such as 'Father Bird, Mother Bird', 'One To Remember' and 'Shida' summoning stunning sticky, heavy, deep atmospheres.
Review: Jah Wobble's biography is a long and winding one, and he's achieved a lot both in collaboration with others and of his own accord. Emotional Rescue know a talented auteur when they hear one, and in the case of Wobble they've chosen to shed light on one of his less well documented phases, when he started his own label called Lago. Drawing on recordings made between 1981 and 1985, The Lago Years is a captivating listen that touches on post punk and no wave all the way through to dreamy psychedelia and the kind of world music Wobble would become so well known for later on in his career. An essential collection for any lovers of leftfield music and mysticism.
Review: Well we can safely say that new school reggae is alive and well as we take a listen to this terrific link up between the legendary production skill sets of Numa Crew and the touching vocals of XL Mad for a system rattler by the name of 'Real Reggae Music'. It's a match made in heaven as XL Mad delivers a sweet, well arranged vocal line doused in singalong-ready harmonic structures over the super weighty sounds of Numa Crew's flawless riddim below. This release also comes complete with a highly energetic jungle rethink from T-Kay, which adds a fantastic level of variation to the project as a whole.
Review: For this next selection we can see that the Multi Cult team have assembled a top draw line up to showcase some super experimental dub music, allowing the future of the genre to shine. We kick off with the haunted atmospheric layering and wavy melodic structures of Drugface's ' In The Clouds, followed by the incredible persuasive manoeuvres of Dreems' Digi-Dub-Dub-Dub mix of Espiritu, originally by Nicola Cruz. Next we take it Lo-Fi as Zongamin delivers a trippy bullet with 'Cosmic Serpent', a woodwind led exploration into syncopation and subs. Finally, we hear the Muli Cult remix of Golden Bugs 'Tamba', a vibrant bop consisting of glittering melodic blips and crunchy drum structures. Lovely work!
Review: After something dub-fresh and deeply gorgeous? Numa Crew have rolled together some serious phat ones for your delectation, created to rumble subs throughout the feel good lands. With enough oldschool vibes to satisfy the purest of dubstep puritans while adding enough sunshine-soaked melody to create the perfect summer playlist, the whole EP screams instant classic from start to finish.
Review: Nottingham's finest Origin One comes correct with his debut album. And if so much as your little toe loves rootsical flavours then you need to tune in. A heady melting pot of dub, reggae, dancehall, soul, afrobeat and hip hop, all wrapped up with strong beats and features from the likes of Spyda, Irah, XL Mad, Peppery, Parly B, Gardna, Nanci Correia, double-O badman Origin One has cooked up something special. From the flabby bass of "Where You Come From" to the juiced up jungle skanks of "Tribute" via the system-melting skanks of dubstep stamper "Dread & Buried", sitting somewhere between The Bug and Dub Pistols, this is serious piece of work right here. Listen up. Nice Up.
Review: Now this sure is a tasty link up as we welcome the top quality combination stylings of both Numa Crew and Riko Dan, two veterans in their respective scenes, delivering banger after banger for years. The track itself takes the name 'Babylon' and is a certified rave-ready roller, driven by Numa Crew's incredibly crisp instrumental triplet structure, dripping in sub heavy sauce and bouncy clap energy. This base provides the perfect platform for Riko to unleash his lethal patois flows, making this one a must have for any 140 DJ!
Review: There is nothing we enjoy more than new school reggae releases, despite them appearing to pop up very rarely these days. We were therefore overjoyed to find this exceptional selection of compositions on our shelves, courtesy of the magnificent Cultural Warriors alongside the legendary Horace Andy. To begin with 'A Little Bit Different' is a classic, driven by a smooth lead vocal presence, insightful lyricism and soulful dubwise production. It gets a bit more electronic on 'Money', as the classic 'Route Of All Evil' vocal is reworked into a futuristic dubstyle delight. This release also comes with a tonne of additional instrumental and dub mix extras, so be sure to check full the full tracklisting!
Review: It's always exciting to see new music from Radikal Guru hit the shelves. This release see's two classic works recreated in remix form none other than dubstep heavyweight DJ Madd and Melbourne's own bass maverick: Sekkleman. Madd steps up first with his gutter twist up of 'Back Off' featuring exhilarating vocals from the legendary Solo Banton. On the flip, Sekkleman builds an explosive steppers recreation of 'Raggamuffin Soldier', which of course features a lively vocal performance from Echo Ranks.
Review: What a moment this is, as we dive head first into four absolute classics from the innovative dubstep enforcer known as Raikal Guru. We begin our journey through history on this one with a look at the wide LFO stretches and explosive arrangements of 'Conspiracy', before landing on 'Strong Dub', a super melodic groove ride encapsulating everything Radikal Guru's sound is all about. Next, the soothing 4x4 patterns and uplifting lead synth patterns of 'New Decade' before we finish up on an absolute classic in 'Dub Down Babylon', one of Radikal Guru's finest ever pieces of dubwise production.
Review: As ever with the Moonshine Recordings crew, we are in for a serious treat with their latest drop as they welcome in Parly B for three tracks of pure fire, alongside some exquisite dubwise collaborations. We begin our dive into this one with the slow marching drums and reggae-style chord syncopations of 'Heart Clean', alongside Mystic Pulse, before moving swiftly into digi-dub delights of ;The Program', this time employing the high tempo production talents of Bukkha and Dubbing Sun. Bukkha also gets involved on the final track 'Come Ya', a dancehall inspired electronic roller, driven by it's nostalgic drum sounds and Parly B's impactful toasted vocals!
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: 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'.
Review: Following on from their excellent 2013 album Nightshade, new wave/punk act DVA Damas return to Karl O'Connor's label with Wet Vision. The title track sees the duo fuse the rockabilly guitar chimes of late 80s/early 90s The Fall with atmospheric textures as Taylor Burch's breathy meanderings makes its way up through a stepping rhythm. "Wet Vision II" is more abstract, held together only by reverberated claps, while "Silence" is like a spikier, more forthright version of Tropic of Cancer, its mysterious textures supported by broken beats. DVA Damas also make concessions to the dance floor on this release and "On Your Heels" is a brilliant, dubbed out stepping techno track.