(This text has been machine translated.) Known is Dub no live music. Nevertheless it is possible to produce dub-tracks spontaneously on the street, or in a mountain railway, or on a green meadow, or in the car or or in the subway, or… Ben Alpha made a concept out of it: “It was my idea, to take myself and the artists out of their comfort zone (stage and studio) and create a kind of musical diary", he explains, "That's why we recorded the album live on the streets of Great Britain, France, Mexico, Spain, the USA, Ireland and of the Czech Republic.” How that happened can be seen on the Youtube channel from Steppas Records This week there will be episode 50 of the Streetdubs being uploaded.
The album "#streetdub Flight. 1“Is a collection of 23 (!) dubs from that series. In the narrower sense it is not a pure Dub-Album because next to Dubs from Ben and his aunt, you can hear a lot of vocals, including from Ras Tinny, Nai-Jah, Awa Fall, Fikir Amlak, Ashanti Selah and others. Logically, the pieces were not composed and recorded on the streets. The backings were prerpoduced and are mostly known from the Alpha Steppa studio albums. Only voice and live dub-mixing happened in the fresh air. Sometimes the inclusion of additional instruments, such as z. B. Violin, trumpet, guitar and harp by Dubzoic & The Mariachis. Even pure unpluggedDubs (flute and guitar only) can be heard.
Not everything sounds at studio sound level, but you are often compensated with beautiful scenery in the background - or the gray image of everyday urban life. The lyrics in the videos are subtitled - quite helpful. With the great effect that the often socially critical texts develop a striking intensity of meaning on the live stage of a real city. “We use the videos as an opportunity to shed light on topics that are important to us,” says Ben, “It's a kind of Dub-Activism.” It's amazing that his concept works so brilliantly just by shifting the context, away from the stage and into real life. That's why - you have to be honest - the videos are the original and the present album “only” the copy. But unlike the videos, you can also consume them while writing a blog article.