Mash It Up (Escape Roots dub mix) - (3:00) 160 BPM
Mash It Up (Escape Roots Reggae mix) - (3:00) 160 BPM
Mash It Up (Subtifuge Rubadub mix) - (3:22) 80 BPM
Mash It Up (Shorsh Dubwise Drum & Bass mix) - (4:27) 88 BPM
Mash It Up (Jamie Bostron Dubwise Drum & Bass mix) - (4:27) 88 BPM
Review: One of the UK's most distinctive toasters, Bristol's Blackout Ja and his grit-throat tones instantly and consistently warm (or mash) up the dance. Five versions in all; Escape Roots provides two takes - one stripped back, one skanky. Label bossman Subtifuge twists up a slink digidub dance while D&B damage comes from two sides; Shorsh brings the bubbles while Bostron brings the punch. Get mashy
Review: A pristine riddim release from the TDR crew. Mowty Mahlyka's beat treatment is clean, fluid and fine-tuned for the warmer months while King Sammy's conscious lyrics flow like lava, wrapping around the beats with charm, though and - at one point - a cheeky little nursery rhyme. Versions par excellence include Danny T's digidub stepper, the highlife sun-splashes of Max Rubadub's shaker and Jamie Bostron's balls-deep jump-up D&B slammer.
Review: Continuing a rich run of form for the last year with releases on the likes of Liquid Drops, Soul Deep, Smooth N Groove and many more, German skank gangster lands on a totally appropriate stable... Totally Dubwise. Across the two tracks we're treated to total sunshine soul. "Unification Dub" has to the power to live up to its name. Clean, dreamy and loaded with just enough weight to make a crowd jump in unity, this will slay festivals this summer. "Stone Love" is a deeper roller with hypnotic percussion and some really neat warm filtering on the horns. On point.
Review: Well well well, summer is on the way and this brand new box of joy from the Totally Dubwise Recordings crew is actually the type of spice we are looking to heighten our forthcoming sun-drenched days. We are treated to 11 tracks of pure dubwise flavour as they unveil the brand new 'Roots Radical' album project from I David, a fantastic exploration through reggae music's history and future all packed into one extensive project. We are treated to some fantastic compositions, including the sweeping melodicas of 'Ital Corner', dubwise drifts of 'Seven Seals Open' and of course the hard hitting, slower rolls of 'Drop Off'. This is a project to take in from start to finish, one to zone out from the world with and enjoy!
Review: Serious skankage: Konspiracy twists up a classic reggae vocal with crafty jungle authenticity. Coming on strong like an Aries jam, it pays respect to the genre's formative ragga chapter in style. Remix-wise everyone adds their own twist; Jamie Bostron flares up the roominess with big reverb and space, Jinx throws in a sly shade of KRS-One over chunkier Playaz-level beats, Jungle Citizenz polish up the skanks while Sappo bosses the ages with a proper jungle drumfunk workout. Criminally good!
Extra Side (Frisk & Solstice mix) - (4:49) 174 BPM
Review: Mel's got the munchies! And Totally Dubwise are cooking up the side orders as they recruit Dubmatix and Frisk & Solstice to give the Toronto chanteuse's 2015 heart-melter a new twist. Dubmatix maintain the lovers rock vibe but give the beats and groove much more weight while Frisk & Solstice give Mel the D&B reboot her harmonies have always cried for. Burning flame bump ups, this one is going to sound crisp when the sun comes out.
Review: Rotterdam frequency maestro Mystic Pulse steps over to Totally Dubwise for two warm-as-toast dub jams. "Who Do Dem" is an instant call-to-action as it flexes the distinctive gruff tones of Daddy Freddy over a bold striding groove. "Pass Me The Lighta Riddim" strips the vibe back to Mystic Pulse's atmospheric signature. Big melodic hooks spiral across the ardent skanks before we taken deeper and deeper down the dub hole. Big moves.
Review: Totally Dubwise Recordings have somewhat of a reputation for delivering releases of a high calibre, but this one certainly knocks the ball out of the park as they welcome Mystic Pulse and Daddy Freddy for a fantastic new single. As a composition, 'Wha Do Dem' is a super beefy original, that combines some forward thinking vocal toasting with excellent production behind the scenes. We are also gifted two top draw remixes for this one, kicking off with Jamie Bostron's junglistic revamp, packed with potent sub pressure and rapid fire drum switch ups. We are also given the rather unusual skippy rethink from Escape Roots, which adds a whole new dimension to the track all together.
Review: An absolute instant classic from the label that brings the freshest in dub and jungle tunes. Packing a classic flava with roots style vocals pitted against a huge dubby backdrop of bass and vamped keys, the original "Rub-A-Dub A Rule" is a true 'tune' in every sense of the word. Let Turntable Dubbers loose with it and things get shaken up with a massive jungle remix featuring an addictive breakdown. When Blend Mishkin gets a hold of it, however, dancefloor heat is spread all over, so get on the floor and start moving.
Review: Russia's own reggae representative 'Steppa Style' teams up with Totally Dubwise for a fantastic extended digital dub project entitled 'Mad Russian Remixed'. This selection see's a mass collection of vocals get serious digital reworks, creating a sensational tracklisting. We hear solid jungle redesigns of track's such as 'Good Vibes' from Midway as well as amazing digital dub recreations of tracks like 'Mad Russian' from the likes of Escape Roots UK. Our favourites include Jah Sazzah's one drop mix of 'Road' and the Danny T & Tradesman dancehall mix of 'Inna Disya Time'.
Review: Russian ragamuffinski Steppa Style bumps up to Totally Dubwise with the follow-up to 2014's still-toasty See The World. Once again it's a vibrant church that's all rooted by reggae and digidub cornerstones. From the rising skanks and gutsy harmonis of "Musical Murder" to the bouncy soundsystem-primed bass of "Ready We Ready" via the rougher rapid-fire flow of "Road", he sets the scene perfect for an immense jungle skank-out for the second half of the album: the savage spitfire feels of "Raggamuffinski", the Aphordite style jumps of "Rolling Stone" and the Chopstickesque party ragga jam "Step Aside" The vibey list goes on and on.
Review: Totally Dubwise are an imprint that seek to project the Bristolian sound all across the U.K. That sound is a hypnotic blend of ragga influences, jungle vibes and rolling, bassy tones of the type that blow up Bristol dancefloors on an almost daily basis. For STP's single Jah Returns/Dub Confessions they've rolled out the big guns for a fat release featuring the sounds of nearly 30 years of UK underground culture, so you know it's going to be good. 'Jah Returns' is typical of this; funky, upbeat ragga sampling and sick vibes with an underpinning of rolling vibes and pulsing basslines. The flipside is equally good and, amidst our terrible weather and Storm Dennis, it's making us wish it was summertime.
Review: Portsmouth's Totally Dubwise Records are back with Dan 'Ganja Dadda' Subtifuge for some proper dancehall vibes; raise ya lighter in the air if you dig it! On the Kalung Kalung Riddim EP he serves up "Call Me A Rasta" featuring Blackout Ja's gravelly vocal talents which makes you just want to get blazed and get down. "Turn Out Dem Lights" features Margaman on this low slung and hazy soundclash while you'd best have the right sound system for "Take A Lift" featuring Ponchita who wonderfully represents the underrepresented ladies of the ragga sound. It one Jah!
Review: Velvet version business, Portsmouth skanker Subtifuge teams up with renowned toaster Khari Kill for an instantly recognisable riddim burner. Remix-wise Danny T crisps up the drums with more emphasis on the highs, Jamie Bostron gets busy on a firing and funky jump up feeling while Token Selekta taps the track back into a timeless jungle idea with some superbly edited amens. One for the Headz.
Review: Totally Dubwise are an imprint that seek to project the Bristolian sound all across the U.K. That sound is a hypnotic blend of ragga influences, jungle vibes and rolling, bassy tones of the type that blow up Bristol dancefloors on an almost daily basis. For Token Selecta's Gun Inna Bag EP album they've rolled out the big guns for a fat release featuring the sounds of nearly 30 years of UK underground culture, so you know it's going to be good. 'Gun Inna Bag' is typical of this; funky, upbeat ragga sampling and sick vibes with an underpinning of junglist vibes and pulsing basslines. The rest of the EP is just as good - go cop it.
Review: Longstanding London mic master Troublesome has made his presence known across a range of scenes and styles from UKG to classic dancehall by way of grime, dubstep and jungle. Here we find him colliding with an all star vocal cast. Produced by De-Jedi, mastered by Sappo with cameos courtesy of Boomah, Deenie Ranks, Tippa Irie, Madrass, 2Nice and many more; the whole album flows with melody, soul and authentic dub energy. Highlights include the sunny side skanks of the Boomah-blessed "Coming Home", the strong dancehall dynamic and extended halftime build of "Exceptional", the rolling, shiny feel good uplift of "Long Time" and the chalice-snapping green homage "Shipment Come". Boasting strengths as individual dancefloor tracks and as a whole album experience, The Walk Of Excellence really does live up to its name.
Subtifuge - "Call Me A Rasta" (feat Blackout Ja - Jungle Citizenz remix) - (5:12) 174 BPM
Review: Signing out 2016 in style: Totally Dubwise follow up their successful Riddim Up collection with another full-spectrum compendium featuring all firm family faces. Fresh versions abound from moody, gully darkness ("Versitality Dub", "Struggle") to rushed-out party skankers ("Party All Night", "Money Friend") to sultry sunrise horn-blazers ("Temptress Riddim") via out-and-out bounce attacks ("Police Officer") ensuring this album not only documents the strength and creative clarity of the label but every member involved, too. Serious firepower.