Different Sound (feat Dego Ranking) - (3:19) 70 BPM
Galactic - (4:04) 60 BPM
Review: It's always a pleasure to see new Vivek hit the shelves, as the hugely innovative and experimental producer returns to the ever-ready System Music imprint with a fantastic new dubwise two track selection. The A-side is exactly what we love to here from Vivek, as he joins forces with the soulful, conscious vocal chants and flows of Dego Ranking on 'Different Sound', a smooth dubby roller stuffed with spacey delays and potent sub pressure. On the flip we hear Vivek explore more unusual ground with a colourful, flutey arrangement he names 'Galactic', which comes dripping in organic percussive energies and floating bubbly synth warps, providing a wicked contrast to the A-side. Vivek has done it again!
Review: The past few years have seen the re-emergence of Nigel Hayes, the UK producer responsible for many musical house EPs during the early part of the millennium. While the releases on his Astrolife label have been somewhat more direct, Blood Moon shows that he still has a fondness for embracing different styles. Dub influences rise to the surface on the laid back "Blood Moon Rising" and the more dance floor friendly "Alone In Jamaica". On "Mad Sometimes", Hayes continues his dubbed out voyage, this time utilising live drums and stream of consciousness-style vocal samples to great effect, while "Appleton In Dub" is an irresistible, smoky stepper.
Review: It's time to look into the future of dub here as we see a very exciting team up occur between Leo James and J Appiah, who both touch down on Navy cut for a fantastic two track single. The lead track is everything we would want from a future dub original, as slow paced chord progressions and unpredictable percussive stabs lay the foundation for some soulful vocal work, packed with dubbed out FX and themes. We are also gifted 'Lost & Found', a super creative underground bass composition, laced with wicked vocal work and bouncy drum designs. Very tasty indeed!
Review: Brixton representing: system OG Brother Culture continues his rich vein of form as he follows up his recent Mungo Hifi album with another longer on Swiss vibes station Evidence Music. Bubbling with digi dub riddims and instrumentation and lyrical clarity, highlights include the springy funk of the album title "Code Name" and "New Generation" and the much darker, heavier and directly conscious "Chant Dem Down" and "Dreadlocks Thing". Powerful, wise and lean; Brother Culture reminds us who's boss once again.
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: 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: 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: 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: Moonshine's manoeuvres in the deep continue to impress with this highly accomplished collaborative remix album. A throwback to their original Steppin' Forward album - released March 2014 - the Jamaican label have given each contributor the parts to a fellow label mate's tune and asked them to get creative. The results are as consistent and progressive as the original. Every track is a highlight but stand-out essentials include the bubblesome digidub of Bukkha's juicy switch on Tuff & Powa's "Outlaw Music", Adam Prescott's sinewy shakedown of RSD's "Know U 2" and the foamy subs and wriggling melodica on Roommate's version of Alpha Steppa's "Shinkansen".
Review: Da Funk is in full effect on this ace two-tracker from Melbourne disco producer Kayroy, who's previously featured on labels such as Whiskey Disco and Finer Things. In its Original Mix form, 'Harlequin Fiasco' is an unabashed late 70s-style disco romp that recalls the work of glossy, hi-camp outfits like Lipps Inc or Voyage, complete with space disco synths, wukka-wukking geetars and a suitably rumpshaking b-line, but the accompanying In Flagranti Dub flips the script completely as it floats chunks of the original in and out of a proper hefty dub cut that wouldn't disgrace Jammy or Tubby themselves - an unexpected trick that works remarkably well.
Review: Greek Dub techno artist Fluxion returns to Echochord here with Broadwalk Tales, a fifth studio album of a storied career and third for the respected Danish label. It's been nice to see an artist and label develop a working relationship in the manner that Konstantinos Soublis has with Echochord over the course of those aforementioned albums and a clutch of 12"s and the Greek producer evidently feels comfortable enough to play with the confines of the dub techno sound. A press release for Broadwalk Tales has Soublis stating he "wanted to make something more than the usual dub techno tracks, with a hint of manipulated voices every now and then" and the collection is notable for the number of tracks featuring Jamaican vocalist Teddy Selassie. Fluxion fans will love this.
Review: Hello is the serious burns unit? Yes it's Juno Records here, we've been in direct contact with J Kenzo's latest Artikal release and have lost several layers of skin. Get an ambulance right away you say? Just after we've listened to this a few more times! "Battlefield" twitches a ruddy sub that bounces around beneath big system horns and a strident energetic drum groove. "Zbantu Shake" is a much more stripped back stepper that's all wooden kicks, trippy flute flurries and ladles of thick treacle subs. Soundboy killing material.
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: We were very excited to see Rotterdam based techno-dub outfit: Dub Communication kick off the year in style with their sixth official digital release alongside Masis. This EP is a fantastic showcase of where electronic dub music is currently at. Masis works the background space beautifully across both tracks, with 'Alla Dem Dub' focussing on the slow march and eerie atmospherics and 'Unearthed Dub' traversing the expanse of space above the subs. On remix duty, Frenk Dublin manages to expand the depth of 'Unearthed Dub' even further with his bass heavy rework.