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: 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: 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: Whenever we see a new Dank N Dirty Dubz release land in the store, we are always filled with both excitement and anticipation, never really knowing what to expect. This latest batch from MediCated & Gdash is a special selection indeed, focussing on the more dubwise side of the dubstep sound, kicking off with 'Natural Law', which alongside the wicked vocals of Fikir Amlak, delivers a certified system roller for all to enjoy, complete with the instrumental riddim to match. Next, Fikir Amlak continues his involvement with another catchy lead vocal on the stomping drum marches of 'Worser Than Obeah', before Rider Shafique delivers a typically exceptional verse or two on 'Jah Bless'. The 'Metro' riddim then supplies us with the instrumental fire from the previous two vocals, before Awa Fall unleashes a fantastic vocal display on the nostalgic arrangements and wicked melodies of 'Wicked Heart Man / Roots & Culture', before 'Dubwise' unleashes the above in instrumental format. What a release!
Review: Preceding the release of Calibre's so called 'first bona fide 140 BPM record' is two choice remixes that Signature have commissioned from legendary Berlin producer Mark Ernestus. Popularly characterised for his role in Basic Channel, Ernestus' dubwise remixes are only rivaled Chain Reaction's DJ Pete (aka Substance). Delving deep into the art of the saw wave, "Badder" sees swells of holographic synths float in the ambient textures of Calibre's original groove while occasionally buffered by light, skipping tops. "Bad", just the same only simmered down, allows its drums to cut through in a way that doesn't distract from its cavernous sound.
Review: Now as a label; we have been absolutely loving what the Moonshine team have been putting forward recently, constantly expanding the realms of modern dub music with some incredible results. This latest masterclass from Tubby Isiah is a testament to that as he rolls out 10 new dubwise scorchers, overspilling with system-ready subs and delicious spacey drum arrangements. There really is something for everyone on this one, from the hypnotic delays and brushing drums of 'Silverback' alongside Versa, to the traditional horn reverbs of 'Only Me' and almost dubstep style rhythmic approach of 'Do It Jah'. We also think the collaboration with Bukkha entitled 'Hold On Driver' is nothing short of outstanding, combining long spacy breakdowns with glistening instrumentation to create something truly special.
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: 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: Version science: Prescott explores some of reggae's most discerning classics and subverts them over an unfailing digidub riddim. A classic one-track album mission, the bubbling bass beats are a consistent spine while an all-star cast appear over the groove to great effect. Highlights include Ranking Joe's Eek-A-Mouse chats on "Ganja Pipe", Jahdan Blakkamoore's nasal dancehall chants on "No Bad Vibes" and Pad Anthony's softer soul melodic style on "Murder". One track, eight vibes - this one's special in all directions.
Review: The dubwise vibes are alive and well within this one as Running Back Germany welcome in Feater for a wicked selection, providing a fantastic new single by the name of 'Time Million', along with a number of different dub remixes. The single itself is a feel good creation, using classic reggae chord structures and airy rhythms to give space for an extremely pleasing lead vocal line. As we said above however, this one gets really interesting when we look at the different Blood Shanti remixes, having three separate run throughs of the track with dubby twists on every turn.
Review: With the Dekmantel machine growing by the week the label has come to a point over the last 10 years where it's happy to stand up and represent the otherside of dance music, bands. That now includes The Mauskovic Dance Band, a five piece group outta Amsterdam setting new tropical and Latin inspired flavours for our forthcoming hawaaian t-shirt summer season especially brought to you by the best merry makers in the business. It brings with it a diggers vibe of disco and percussion music with slights of '70s cosmique and exotica. Lo-fi, funky and chic.
Review: eep Medi Musik continues to be the leader of the deep dubstep sound after many years in the game. Kahn is now back on the label with new versions of "Dread" which was an absolute stone cold classic way back in 2012. The originally restrained and atmospheric track gets some much-celebrated Dubkasm treatment here and the results are then pressed to limited white label vinyl for the first time. All four versions bring the goodness despite them being heavier takes on the OG with plenty of fresh, fine warrior leads and effects added to the mix.
Review: Here we have Timewarp Inc, the in-house production team at Athenian funk/nu-disco label Timewarp, and they've decided to delve into their mighty back catalogue and well, remix it. Hence, "The Remix Session Vol 1" - a collection boasting 14 prime cuts including the moodily hypnotic funk loops of "Anti Pop Song" by Ancient Astronauts, the forlorn Two Tone vibes of "Smile On Your Face" and the machine-like breaky funk goes synthy disco sizzler "Da Gypsy Groove" by Leon.
Review: Straight out of Kingston, Jamaica, Moonshine Recordings team up with the unstoppable force of Bukkha for a melodic masterpiece of an EP. Featuring multiple original vocal performances, this EP entitled 'Unity' sees Bukkha delve deep into his dub roots, especially with the vibrancy of the first track 'Unite' featuring Clinton Sly. The combination of dub-style drum arrangement and airy woodwind melodies on this and 'A Burial' featuring Don Fe makes for very enjoyable listening. The stripped back dub-reggae stylings of 'Peacemaker' alongside Blind Prophet and the murky drum and bass switch ups of 'Dark Future' round the EP off perfectly. This is another fantastic look at dub music from a different angle, a scenario that Moonshine Recordings have become synonymous with in recent times!
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 become quite a rarity for us to see a brand new drop from the Moonshine Recordings team land and us not be impressed with it, a theme we see continue here as Radikal Guru and Lady Skavya join forces for a weighty new dubwise epic entitled 'Lost & Found'. It's a perfect combination of silky singalong vocal patterns and aquatic instrumentation, guiding forward creeping melodic twists and subtle eskimo-style synthesizer action. It's a wicked combination of sounds that truly works wonders, also coming complete with Radikal Guru's full instrumental version for good measure!
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.