African Dub & Wallar Beats: Natural Whispers

Steppers is known to be characterized by the kick drum kick on each note of the 4/4 time signature. Characteristic of (almost) all produced for a sound system Dubs. The effect consists of a very energetic, "marching" and aggressive rhythm. However, many classic reggae lovers have reservations, as it sounds too much like stupid techno stomping. Afrikan prove that this rhythm can also be used in a very imaginative and original way Dub - a young producer from Mexico - and Wallar Beats - an equally young producer from Spain - with their album released on Wami - an equally young label from Argentina African Dub & Wallar Beats: "Natural Whispers" (self-publishing). The bass drum does in fact stoically stoic through every track at most. The rhythm network around it, however, makes trouble. Sometimes virtuoso percussion sounds, sometimes string instruments, sometimes nothing at all. Breaks are part of the concept. Likewise minimalism. And yet the album has a certain flow, remains musical and harmonious. The bass drum beat is the backbone of the music, the constant in the chaos, the pole star when riding the soundwaves. What we're hearing here is postmodern steppers, Dub on the verge of falling apart into its eclectic individual parts. I really enjoy the conscious and concentrated listening, including decoding the quotes. But I am sure that the tracks also work perfectly in the sound system, where they do the opposite, namely to drive unconscious dancing bodies. A classic win-win situation.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

One Response to “African Dub & Wallar Beats: Natural Whispers"

The world is split (or is it split?) However, also in our little one DubCosmus we are sometimes very far apart.
It rarely happens that my comment appears before a review.
"This is the end"...... "Dub is gone” was my impression of this EP.
At first I'm also a bit relieved that this isn't in any way African music by African musicians. Because then I would think about my music feeling. African music always has something positive in the vibe for me. No matter how badly the Africans are doing, their music always has a lot of joie de vivre and that always makes me very happy! Here at Natural Whyspers, I feel the exact opposite. The Ep drifts towards the abyss with every further tune and then finally falls into the depths with "Morning Glory II". If you have at least lined up a few deep tones in the other steppers tunes, then you have completely dispensed with a bass line in the last tune and thus represent the definition of for me Dub once again completely in question.
"At first you need a good riddim, before you can make a good dub“. For me, a riddim without a bass line is not a riddim in the classic sense, and that's why I wrote, "Dub is gone". And anyway, the focus of this EP is far too much on the pounding of the bass drum for me. It may be that you can also feel that as driving or driving, but I feel it more as if someone grabs my throat with one hand and then with the other hand and a thick fist including mine - for this action – rams somewhat bulky feet into the ground. I hope you now have similar images in your head as I do. I can think of a lot of scenes similar to the ones I saw in the good old comics "a la Tom and Jerry" "Paulchen Panther" etc. Today something like that is forbidden again ………

“Stop The War” …………………… lemmi

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