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: 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: For this latest offering from the Noizon crew, we welcome Hubwar, a Montpellier based producer fusing futuristic dub themes with metallic dubstep ideas to create and incredibly original sound. This EP, entitled '140', kicks off with a track that defines the above beautifully in 'Simple One', as roughneck bass tones meet syncopated melodies with lively effects. This is then followed by the fluttering melodies and grizzly bass synths of 'Dubwar' before the spooky tones of 'Heptabeat' run riot closely after. Finally, 'Flir1' brings those progressive chords back into play with an eastern European feel, rounding off the project perfectly.
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: 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: Fresh off a string of very cool releases, we are pleased to be welcoming back Dubstep royalty in Radikal Guru, who teams up with Moonshine Recordings for a a very punchy project indeed. The title track 'Tell Dem Fi Run', is an electronic dub monster, driven by oldschool, moogy triplet bass stabs and haunting organ melodies, topped of course with a very high energy vocal performance. This one also comes with two official remixes, the first being a future dub infused Steppa Remix, the second being a full dub version, making this a must have for any reggae enthusiast.
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 relationship between dub reggae and it's extended grandchild dubstep has always been an exciting one and we love nothing more than hearing a soulful vocal over a more dubstep inspired original instrumental. Here we see the combination of Shandy, Tenor Youthman and Tailored Sound provide us with just that as 'Rise & Shine' combines blissful sub patterns, spacey horn textures and catchy vocal lines to give us a certified smash. This project also comes complete with an additional 'Sax Version', just for good measure.
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: 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: Featuring album lead-off track "Impossible" and the dark hip-hop & dancehall hybrid "Control" with Robert Dallas on the mic, "Impossible" starts off with sweet vocals and skanking keyboards. "Control" features Kwality on the microphone in a half-time hip hop style, laden with dub effects and circling synthesizers. Contrast comes from Kwality's dancehall-style vocals flowing around the sparse drums while getting wrapped into the delay effects that run through the center of the production. Showcasing two contrasting sides of the Numa Crew on this deadly drop, Liondub is bringing International pressure on the bass scene for 2014.
Review: More than a few eyebrows were raised at Junodownload HQ when we first heard this fine EP from Marcus Worgull, which marks his return to Innervisions after a three-year absence. While the title track is in some ways typical of the label's output in recent years - think Balearic guitars and passionate Americana vocals over a slick and hypnotic tech-house beat - the other two tracks are a notable departure. Both explore the sub-heavy swing of authentic dub-house, with alluring, speaker rattling, delay-laden, percussion rich shuffle of opener "Skango" particularly impressive. "Seen", where dub bass and rolling deep house beats are encased in bubbly electronics and smile-inducing synth riffs, is also impressive.
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: 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: Not to be confused with Croatian techno DJ of the same name, this particular Squarewave is London-based and comes with sterling Kool stripes. With previous on New World Audio, Scrub A Dub and Hench, here he returns to Moonshine with an authentic roots bubbler that comes with a worldly wise message many of us will identify with instantly. Add more bounce to your ounce with Sukh Knight's outstanding rubber-bassed version. Live long and spiritually prosper.
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: If you like your reggae-influenced music that's British underground to its core - you'll like this. Sleepy Time Ghost and Bazza Ranks featuring Shumba Youth and Natty Campbell drop their very own 'Rip It Up', packed full of funky ragga vibes along with slick vocal work from everyone involved. But they've also roped in Wrongtom and FleCK on remix duties, the former of which doesn't divert from the original much but cleans it up a bit, smoothes over the edges and brings out some clarity in the mix. FleCK takes things in a different direction, namely D&B, and the vocals sound amazing in combination with the pace of the drums, the wobbly bassline swerving underneath. Finally, Sleepy Time Ghost has incorporated a vocal-less dub version which you could easily imagine Mungo's HiFi dropping to rapturous approval. A slick release that covers various strands of British dance music history.
Review: When it comes to deep dubby halftime, few labels are as reliable, forward-thinking or exciting as Amit's Amar. Here we find the label boss giving Scrilla the keys to last summer's hummer "Fatty Batty". Adding more melodic layers and cool double-ups on the kicks, Danny's turned in the perfect remix that pays respect to the original while taking it further into pastures unknown. Flip for "Lighter", a straight up dubwise joint with a kick so steady, reliable and dependable it could give you a reference for a mortgage. Serious.
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!