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Mato: Scary Dub

What did my cloudy eyes have to see? Hasn't there lately Colleague Wynands fobbed off Mato's new album with a ridiculous 3 stars and thus probably not only triggered gasping in me? This wonderful, new release "Scary Dub"(Styx Records) by the French miracle whirlpool Thomas Blanchot, who under his pseudonym Mato 1A-Reggae, -Dub, -Hip Hop and various remixes produced? So the man who came to terms with his Dub-Version of Daft Punk's "Homework“Into the collective Dub-Burned into memory? Yes, dear readers ... I can understand your outrage at this incredible misjudgment very well! I spontaneously give out a round of smelling salts or valerian drops (as needed) for everyone whose blood pressure is going crazy.

A paralysis later you have to say that Mato's Dub actually nothing for the original Dubheads is. There is not the pleasant one Dub- Intoxication - you know it: When the knees become weak and buckle easily; when the head involuntarily begins to nod to the rhythm and the acoustic world consists of a hypnotic, endlessly repetitive bassline and slow, heavy hits on the drums - and with Echo & Hall & other effects arsenal into the psychedelic dreamland where time leads then only consists of slowness. At least that's how it feels with me - let me know if you suspect a need for medical action.

No, Mato is more of a concept artist, storyteller, comic artist who translates 2 to 3-minute stories into acoustic gems. Or even the classical music or the soundtrack and everything perfectly produced & mixed - not for the big dance sound system, of course, but for the well-kept home system. Even the otherwise picky-critical reviewer doesn't find anything to complain about, which is a sensation in itself. However, in his new work, Mato has dealt with film music again; this time a bit narrower with the horror movie genre. There is practically everything represented that has rank and name - from Dracula, Frankenstein to Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers to Fox Mulder and Dana Scully; we don't want to forget the great white shark and the thing from the swamp either. An album full of “Scary Dubs “just.

Each track is a comic in itself; the film melodies are immediately recognizable, the matching sound effects sensational: an eerie organ, screeching women, Christopher Lee's voice - "I am Dracula" is the best Dub-Entertainment:

Or how about that Dub-Version of the "Jaws" theme, i.e. the "great white shark"? The slowly swelling, then nervous, panic-spreading strings ... the memory of the late 70s is immediately there again:

I still have one: Michael Myers goes reggae in “Halloween Dub“… Uh… scaaary !!!

So this time Mato is making music for the SciFi / Horror / Splatter-Movie fans and of course for the children in the Dubheads. It's casual entertainment, light fare, well presented ... and I love it. I actually throw myself away every time I say the “Jaws Dub“Listen - and the album is currently playing in an endless loop!

That makes a total of easily 4 stars, colleague Wynands ... oh well, I'll add another half a star: The X-Files are currently running in Dub - "The truth is out there". Sooo scaaary !!!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Ancient Mountain: Ghetto Dub Flight. 2

An album title like “Ghetto Dub"Gives hope for a veritable one-drop bass monster from the deepest 1970s, brand" Blackheart Man ". When a majestic and venerable “Ancient Mountain” is also cited as an artist, the expectation rises immeasurably: an album like this has no choice but to be either crazy or terribly bad; there is zero leeway in between. But as it is with preconceived notions: They don't stand up to reality. And so the reviewer is amazed when he discovers that this is a German production. Extensive research and an interview later, the world is all right again and the album is in perspective. So let's dive right into the matter and bring on the hardcore facts:

Ancient Mountain is a label, studio and musical project by Martin Musch and Markus Dassmann. While the latter plays bass, guitar, piano, organ and melodica as a multi-instrumentalist, Musch contributes the drums and mix and is thus setting the tone in the truest sense of the word. The drummer is no stranger to anyone who reads liner notes - with Uwe Banton's Movements, the Sharp Ax Band or Irie Miah's Massive Vibes, he has long been an integral part of the German reggae scene; You don't need to say a word more about Markus Dassmann from the Senior Allstars.

"Ghetto Dub Flight. 2“(Ancient Mountain Records) is not their first collaboration; Dassmann was the lead on the 2020 De Soto album “Silverado Days” and implemented his musical ideas. This becomes obvious in a direct listening comparison: "Silverado Days“Could pass for a more accessible Senior Allstars album; not nearly as top-heavy, but the mix is ​​a typical old man's release: flatter than flat. “These are almost 15 year old home studio recordings that Markus recorded and mixed single-handedly - I only contributed the drums,” explains Musch. “For the Ancient Mountain recordings, on the other hand, we use a professional analog studio with a Hammond organ with a Leslie speaker; there is a piano, a Wurlitzer e-piano, a huge selection of old (tube) mics and the corresponding technology. ”Then the old school recordings go to his own Ancient Mountain Studio, where Musch does the things“ hybrid ” mixed with the help of selected analog EQ's and compressors, spring reverb and a small desk. 

Ghetto Dub Vol. 2 and its predecessor (currently only available on Bandcamp) Flight. 1 are - contrary to the expectations of the title - inspired by the classic idea of ​​B-Sides and Versions. “As a“ Ghetto Dub"We call a variety of reggae - the classically hard-played and reduced Channel One sound in minor, as cultivated by the Revolutionaries or the Roots Radics in their heyday at the end of the 1970s to the beginning of the 80s." Apart from that, according to Musch, “Ghetto”, far removed from the socio-cultural context, of course also means a space of limited possibilities and improvisation. In other words: None of the tracks were recorded with the intention of an album release. It is rather the classic recycling of leftovers - from a hodgepodge of musical ideas that has accumulated over time and was too good to throw away; of musical fragments that were not published elsewhere and remained. However, this does not detract from the quality of the material: "What ultimately counts with Ancient Mountain are good songs and a special analog sound."

The exercise was a success: “Ghetto Dub Vol. 2 “does not shine with rushing Dub-Effects - the simple and therefore all the more catchy bass lines are the best classic reggae craft. Martin Musch congenially gives his best Sly Dunbar: “We can't deny our musical background: Channel One, Sly & Robbie, the Roots Radics etc. are musical giants who have created this unique sound and which we are trying to reproduce. "

No question, original sounds and high-quality sound are personally more important to Musch than flashy effects: “We only use acoustic instruments. A grand piano that is picked up with two condenser microphones still sounds different than the best emulation. ”Especially with the drums, which Musch played mostly without a click track, the analog recording technology suits listening habits very well. “With my background as a drummer, I try to create an exciting contrast between soft sounds and percussive elements. Of course, a lot of sound also comes from the fingers, i.e. from many years of experience. Without an accomplished universal musician like Markus Dassmann, Ancient Mountain would certainly sound different. " 

So routine and ability versus creative daring? Well, with “Ghetto Dub Vol. 2 “will certainly not be celebrating King Tubby's resurrection - Musch and Dassmann rely on small bass jewels and the classic, but now worlds better sounding analogue sound: Channel One Deluxe, so to speak. Just two mediocre excursions into the funky disturb the album flow and diminish the positive overall impression - without them the album would probably be the most coherent leftovers ever.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Zion I Kings: Zion Ites Dub Flight. 4

The producer conglomerate Zion I Kings should no longer be an unknown size, as it combines the best of the houses Zion High Productions, Luster Kings and I Grade. All three are associated with reggae from the US Virgin Islands, and there primarily with the productions for Vaughn Benjamin and his Midnite and Akae Beka incarnations. The results were sometimes very fine albums like "Infinite quality"/"Infinite Dub"(Luster Kings Productions),"Lived"(Zion High Productions) or the superb album trilogy"Beauty for Ashes","Ride Tru"And"Portals“(I Grade Productions).

Although the last-mentioned I Grade albums were released in quick succession, they were never conceived as triplets. And yet they not only combine excellent production, first-class sound and, by Vaughn Benjamin standards, downright hit hooklines; it's also Style Scott's signature drums that add immense value to most of these tracks. It was probably one of his last and, in my opinion, best sessions. So good that the Zion I Kings got together on a sad occasion and made one of these recordings Dub- Mixing tributes: "Dub in Style - A Zion I Kings Tribute to Style Scott".

And so it is Dub-Giant originated on which all subsequent Zion I Kings-Dub Releases had to measure. Meanwhile we are at "Zion Ites Dub - Zion I Kings Dub Flight. 4“(Zion High Productions) arrived, and I frankly admit: Without Style Scott, the whole thing is only worth half, but it certainly deserves the title 'Successful'. This time there may not be a bassline nestling in the cochlea; one or the other successful brass section seems to be quite suitable for this. As is typical for Zion I Kings, there is little to criticize about the production itself - from the timeless, focused on echo and reverb Dub-Mix without further sound-technical bells and whistles up to the dynamics-conserving mixdown were long-serving professionals at work. Only the kick drum is a bit muffled, but looks amazingly well in the sometimes meditative soundscapes:

This is also where the album's admittedly somewhat strange strength seems to lie: although it is varied, no track has emerged as a favorite, even after listening to it a lot. “Zion Ites Dub“Seems to be an acoustic journey through a vast plane that starts over as soon as it is over. You could of course blame the pressed “Repeat” button for this - but I have no need to change that.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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haze st Dub: A New Beginning

It's one of those releases that you stumble upon by chance. You listen in briefly, something makes you sit up and take notice. You can't say what yet, but repeated listening exposes layer by layer and ultimately something interesting, special, beautiful opens up. Something that challenges the reviewer to research. What he finally finds is the debut of a (supposedly) unknown artist, whom he would like to know more about and with whom he makes contact. It's Andrew Stoch aka Drew Keys, who goes by the pseudonym Haze St. Dub the album "A New Beginning“(Haze St. Studios). Drew is excited about the idea of ​​turning parts of an interview into a dubto incorporate blog.de review. I will email him the questions for this on December 12, 2020 - "... take your time and only answer those you find interesting".

And here we are now - with a fine album, or rather: a fine 7-track EP, which, with the exception of the track “Nebula”, seems like a single piece. Sure they are Dub-Tracks, but not of the traditional kind: The arrangements and instrumentation are a tad too imaginative and remind, also of the not particularly bass-heavy mixdown, of rock / pop instrumentals in reggae guise. This is by no means meant to be disrespectful, especially since there are obviously experienced musicians at work. Drew Keys himself plays keyboard sounds that have rarely or never been heard in the genre before; they sound contemporary, hip and could just as easily appear on a track listed on the Billboard charts. One could do something similar about his Dub-Mix say - classic echo and reverb: yes, but there are also effects that you would rather assign to a club remix. Contemporary Dub? No, that would be an exaggeration; it is rather an interesting mixture of musical skill, timbres and unusual effects. Is that still Dub or are they already instrumentals? In retrospect, some questions turn out to be completely unimportant. In any case, it's an album that the narrow horizon of the classic Dubs moves a little further back. 

Drew Keys himself is an accomplished and sought-after keyboardist and trombonist; he works with Shaggy, Arkaingelle, the Zion-I-Kings around Tippy Laurent, the Common Kings and many more on stage and in the studio. “A New Beginning” is his debut under his own label, recorded in his own studio and an important part of his musical legacy. He passed away on December 18, 2020. 

Live Dub by Haze St Dub aka Drew Keys.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Dubmatix: Riddim Full

This is not a Dub Album. It's not even a new album; Dubmatix '"Riddim Full"(Renegade Recordings) was released last November and is the successor to"Riddim Driven Vol. 1"(Aka"Versions Vol. 1") Marketed. The title says it all: 11 more riddims from the house Dubmatix, as they emerged over time and became known in the community as vocal versions. 

So far, so bad: that's it dubblog.de and not riddimblog.de. But ... why not listen in when the opportunity is good? Relieved by voices, the individual tracks provide deep insights into the arrangements and production technology of Dubmatix; sometimes surprise with beautiful brass sections (Can't Keep Us Down Riddim), sometimes disappoint with unimaginative loops (Rock N Hard Riddim). Reliable, however, the typical Dubmatix sound: the offbeat pushes itself into the foreground, the bass holds back a little, the drums can sometimes be mistaken for a steam hammer. Right, someone keeps squinting in the direction of the dance floor.

In a direct comparison, “Riddim Full” draws the shorter one from the reviewer; the predecessor "Riddim Driven Vol. 1" is a bit more varied. The album mastering is annoying with both releases, if there was one thing at all: It can't be that difficult to miss 10 or 11 tracks at a reasonably similar volume level. Come on, Dubmatix ... do it for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Joe Ariwa: The Next Generation of Dub!

Like father like son - this fear also applies to Joe Ariwa. While Papa Mad Professor again anniversary celebrates, the son brings his new album "The next generation of Dub!“(Ariwa Sounds) among the people. With such a title, of course, expectations rise - what could that be, the next Dub-Generation, what groundbreaking development has taken place that even tries to compare generations?

I'll make it quick and painless: Nothing, nada, nothing, rien, zero has developed further. Same-same and definitely not different. Joe Ariwa sounds, smells, tastes and acts like Mad Professor - he is, so to speak, the Ariwa generic (but costs the same). There as there the same arrangements, sounds and effects, even the trademark of the crazy professor, the famous bass fart (for lack of a more appropriate name), is used extensively. There's nothing new to report in terms of sound either: the reviewer's ears bleed on both sides.

So who is a fan of Mad Professor's DubViews is, can be happy: There is now more of the same! Anyone who expected something different or a further development will be disappointed: Standstill is the motto. “The next generation of Dub“Has to take place elsewhere.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Addis Records: Jamaica By Bus

The streaming service of my choice knows me very well; he knows about my crazy love for Dub and can distinguish it from my appreciation for reggae. He provides me with the latest releases punctually on Fridays at midnight - probably knowing full well that I, a transparent person, sit in front of my notebook by 00:00 p.m. at the latest, waiting for the latest news Dub to get presented. No, not minimal techno-electro steppers-Dubwhich is mainly characterized by endless repetitions of the same synth bassline or one and the same EDM pattern; neither Dub the cheap kind quickly cobbled together somewhere in the closet and certainly not Dubthat was produced for its own sake. It has to be the classic one Dub being who boldly reflects the present; who is at best the counterpart of a vocal album or proves to be sophisticated, Dub-inspired instrumental album presented.

But then again ... nobody is perfect. Occasionally - but rarely - I deliberately flush my ear canals with completely non-genre productions by various current artists. On the one hand, the gray matter begs from time to time for appealing and / or intelligent texts; on the other hand, I mean that more classic Dub there is no island of the blessed: He can and must get involved in new musical trends and technical developments in order to be up-to-date, lively and, yes, competitive within the scope of his possibilities. In this respect, a comparison with other genres is important to me - but I'm assuming that my streaming service cannot (yet) understand this train of thought and that one or the other non-genre album can be senselessly incorporated into the beloved one Dub-New release list is misdirected. In any case, this not only increases my desire for discovery Dub Satisfied productions - at the same time I broaden my horizons and can deal critically with current music. 

That is sometimes exhausting, but highly satisfying and brings one or two aha moment, which brings us to the actual topic of this review: Spotify presents me with a brand new album, the brightly colored comic cover spontaneously on the soundtrack to a sequel of “Cool Runnings “Film lets close; Despite the Marley reference, the title “Jamaica By Bus” points more to a calypso or Mento-laden tourist souvenir than to a substantial album; The artist name “Addis Records” also seems strange ... so close your eyes and go through with it. First impression: woah… a professional production with an earthy, rich and dynamic sound, instrumental reggae brand. Second impression and suspicion: oh no ... Dean Fraser. His sometimes aggressive, often layered saxophone just doesn't want to go into my ears. To put it clearly: his soprano, tenor, baritone and bass saxophone, which is played in layers, is not a classic brass section as it is in reggae /Dub is at home and rather suggests that you want to spare yourself the trumpet and trumpet. So many Dub-Enthusiast will see the other; I find it hard to forgive Fraser for using classics like Black Uhuru's "Shine Eye Gal“Assassinated. I wish the man would turn more to the backing vocals, the arrangement of which he has mastered perfectly - you just remember the grandiose harmonies he created for various XTerminator productions.

The very successful second track of "Jamaica By Bus“(Addis Records) dispels all concerns: Trumpet there, all good and even more: Few, well placed Dub-Effects ensure that you don't choke on the instrumental album like dry bread. The large number of well-known musicians involved in the production is reflected in the variety of titles named after nine of the 14 Jamaican parishes - all handcraft in the best sense of the word, recorded over a period of six years in Kingston, London, Paris, Geneva and yet: an album made from one piece; an album heavily related to recordings from the early 1980s; an album that plays through one drop, rockers, steppers and back as a matter of course and is quite entertaining.

And who produced it? The Swiss, of course - the duo Jil & Stuf, which has already gone under the name “Restless Mashaits“Has released two good, if not optimally mixed, instrumental albums. This shortcoming has now been corrected; the drum machine is finally disposed of and musical excellence is the focus. “Jamaica By Bus is not a Dub-Album, also not a pure instrumental album; it's a 100% live version album, ”says producer Jil. “We wanted to capture the special atmosphere of individual parishes - a musical journey of discovery, so to speak, based on our own experiences exploring the island.” Jil now seems to know her very well - he has been traveling to Jamaica since 1991. He knows the constantly tense, sometimes dangerous situation in Kingston; but he also knows about the completely different scenes in areas far away from the capital. As varied as the island is, so different are the tracks - connected solely through instrumentation, arrangement and mix.

The question of the artist's name still remains: “Addis Records is actually the name of our label, which was founded in 1992,” says Jil, “we want to be easier to find on the streaming platforms.” They wish Jil & Stuf to do this works - because the motley cover, on which you can't even find the album title, makes visual orientation difficult. So watch out and don't get confused: This is not an album with children's songs, but first-class produced instrumental reggae - not nearly as sophisticated and solo-heavy as Clive Hunt's current "Blue Lizzard" release, but it is a mere "version" To call album “is a big understatement: as such it would be the best thing I've ever come across.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Nick Sefakis: Foundation In Dub

Lately there have been releases that are primarily characterized by singers, whose voices can be described as “characterless”. That may sound extremely disrespectful, but it is by no means meant to be. Singing per se is not for everyone; not every voice can be used universally and only a few have this clear recognition value, which I would like to call "vocal character". It is this unique intonation, diction and manner that - if you want to put it that way - gives a voice its character. The reggae genre was and is rich in these unique vocal specimens: Michael Rose, Winston Rodney, Marcia Griffiths, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Eek-A-Mouse, Dennis Brown, U-Roy, Earl 16, Apple Gabriel, Don Carlos, Vaughn Benjamin, Leroy Sibbles, the Marleys, etc. etc. - each and every one of them is unmistakable and instantly recognizable at the first note. It is completely unimportant whether the tone is right or wrong; in reggae you don't see that so closely and sometimes the slightly crooked tone - the one between the notes, so to speak - becomes a stylistic device: Winston Rodney aka Burning Spear knows how to sing one or two songs about it; for Anthony B. intonation is a lifelong "Universal Struggle".

It is no coincidence that the above name dropping mainly includes the big players from the 1970s and 80s - a time when major labels still gave reggae great value - mainly thanks to Bob Marley, but also to the hype that followed his death arose: who would sign the next reggae superstar? Of course, even in Marley's time, other artists of the genre were more or less successfully built up; and as it was in those times, the majors made a rigorous selection: only the best of the best in terms of marketability, recognition value and ... yes, also ability. I assume that criteria such as naivety, docility and manipulability played a certain role; the investment had to pay off. If that wasn't the case, you quickly found yourself with small and micro-labels, which thankfully carried the genre into the new millennium after the major labels lost interest in sales.

The music landscape today has changed completely due to the dwindling music industry and new technical possibilities; the big sales drivers are live performance and merchandise. Everyone - and this is the key point - everyone, musician or not, can try their hand at in-house production, distribution and marketing with relatively little capital expenditure. There is no longer any preselection of the “best of the best” and the pyramid with the levels of success has become very, very flat - in the reggae genre, mind you. It is up to the subjective evaluation whether you want to see it as positive or negative.

So it's no wonder that we're confronted with a considerable number of releases today, which I would like to rate as mediocre at best. The reason for this could be a lack of expertise: Not everyone who has Pro Tools installed on their notebook can produce. Not everyone who owns an instrument masters it or can use it for the arrangement. Not everyone with a voice should sing - which brings us back to the starting point and the end of this little digression. And all because of Nick Sefakis!

Contrary to the suspected question mark on the face of one or the other reader, Sefakis is not entirely unknown: The man is a guitarist in the Californian reggae-rock-pop conglomerate Iya Terra and does a good job there, as you can see on YouTube:

Schuster, stick to your last: As a gifted string plucker, you don't have to sing too, especially if the voice in the lead doesn't do it due to the lack of the cheeky "character" mentioned above. Nick Sefakis can use his vocal cords sensibly: There are wonderfully layered, wonderfully harmonious old school background vocals on his solo debut "Foundation“- and to the great delight of the reviewer, he leaves it on Dub-Counterpart "Foundation in Dub“(Self-published) really come into their own. They put the hook lines in the limelight as smooth as silk and awaken memories of the great vocal trios á la Israel Vibration, The Viceroys / Paragons / Tamlins / Meditations / Heptones and whatever their names are. That and the absence or the reverb doctoring of the lead vocals over long stretches characterize this Dub-Album that can be described as successful from a production point of view: Classic arrangements and beautiful, balanced, if a tad too polished sound meets reserved, nonetheless fine Dub-Mix. Well, I would have liked to have had live drums on all of the tracks, but you can't have everything and I see the fine, live brass sections as a kind of compensation. I don't want to be petty either, and wave to AutoTune myself: If it fits, then it fits. With the occasional hip-hop beats it stops again, they don't have to be.

So can you “Foundation in Dub“As good DubRecommend album? Absolutely, especially compared to the rather boring vocal album. Even if Nick Sefakis probably didn't intend that: The Dubs are made for the soundtrack to the sundowner ... on 7-Mile-Beach in Negril, in Alfred's Ocean Palace. "Life is surely what you make it so I made a dream of it" - Mr. Sefakis is right.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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Rapha Pico & The Noble Chanters: The Glory of Dub

Rapha Pico, singer from the Netherlands, fell for the first time with his EP "Continue The Glory" on. First and foremost, whether his voice, which could be classified somewhere between Ras Batch and Army - that is, a voice without qualities, quasi the basis of life for background singers. Secondly, whether the texts, with their simplicity and the effort of the simplest images, do not go beyond the usual and well-known Rasta sensitivities. So far, so bad - if it weren't for a steadfast backing band called "The Noble Chanters"; if it weren't for an extremely successful production that couldn't be more classic:

Well, the hard-working reviewer always finds something to complain about - even if it's just the drummer who imitates Carlton Barrett very nicely, but with time it gets annoying: there is only one Carlton Barrett with his extraordinary drum style; Clones cannot get close to him and are superfluous - with the exception of the drummers in the various Wailers incarnations post-Marley, of course.

So let's turn to the freshly appeared Dub-Counterpart of the EP, aptly "The glory of Dub“Titled (Noble Chanters Productions). Acoustically rougher and not as polished as the vocal album, drums and bass with amazing dynamics are in the foreground. The vocal explosions that appear again and again in the pieces are very well chosen and mostly reflect the essence of the respective lyrics. The Dub-Effects couldn't be more classic: calm echoes and reverbs run through the whole album; one or the other soundtrack fades in and out gently. And that's it, nothing more is needed. Listeners carry this through six tracks, which together last an astonishing 42 minutes - while the vocal counterpart with six tracks only lasts 28 minutes. Somebody has a lot of fun with extra-long ones Dub Versions, and the joy is mine:

By and large, “The Glory of Dub“In other words, a successful one, if not one that likes to experiment Dub-Album which, with its unobtrusive nature, is ideally suited as background music for working, reading or snoozing. For the reviewer, it would be worth a smooth 4-star rating, if ... yes, if there weren't inexplicable and senseless seconds of silence at the beginning and end of every single track. It takes 5 seconds, believe it or not, 20 seconds. That is extremely annoying, it spoils the listening pleasure massively and, in my opinion, cannot be justified as a stylistic device. Why there was no editing here remains a mystery that the readers of this review may be able to clarify. Until then, I regret to deduct two stars from the rating.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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Dubvisionist meets Dubblestandart & firehouse crew

The Echo Beach label knows how to recycle its published productions one or more times. With a bit of goodwill, this can be interpreted as sustainable upcycling or even further research on the musical microbiome; In the present case, however, I see it more as a revitalization measure for a… well, suboptimally successful album. In short, Dubblestandart's "reggae classics“Collaboration with the Firehouse Crew has been given a bold makeover. After Paolo Baldini for his fine Dubblestandart remix album has already mixed up and cleared out two tracks, is now taking it Felix Wolter aka The Dubvision is grateful to the entire album that just under the title "Dubvisionist meets Dubblestandart & firehouse crew“(Echo Beach) is out.

The Dubvisionist does his job very briskly, not to say: inconsiderate, and he does not think about taking prisoners: fly like this Paul Zasky's stiff vocals are completely out of the mix and are only allowed to return, if at all, as highly alienated snippets. So for the first time it is actually possible to put fragments of the voice at the service of the cause and thus to remedy a major shortcoming of the original album. Felix Wolter is also not squeamish with other audio tracks; Guitar or drum parts have to believe in it to make room for the synths that are more conducive to the intended mood. As a sound carpet they play an important role in the mix and spread a solemn, sometimes mystical-melancholy atmosphere that shapes the basic tenor of the album.

I'm struggling with this resolute, uncompromising approach of the Dubvisionists pay some respect; what he still gets out of the given sounds is astonishing: if the originals danced along too lightly, he now gives them a proper foundation - a piece like “Hypocrite” turns into a pounding furiosity. Other tracks, on the other hand, seem to float ethereally; the opener "I'm No Robot" conjures up the basic mood of the album for more than a minute - before borrowing the drums on the hook of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is taken. A dramaturgical highlight, no question about it. The new, spaceier version of Burning Spear's “Fly Me To The Moon” was just as successful - it was amazing how the new mix animated the material and impressively demonstrated how two Dub-Mixer - Felix Wolter and Robbie Ost - interpret one and the same material differently.

Now it is probably the case that two hearts are pounding in Felix Wolter's chest - there is the cherished one Dubvisionists, but also the PFL (Pre Fade Listening) project that is more or less dedicated to lounge music. Both influence and fertilize each other to a certain extent, which is undoubtedly based on "Dubvisionist meets Dubblestandart & Firehouse Crew ”is understandable. This mixture is what makes Wolter's mixes so appealing, but it is for the Dubhead becomes a problem at the latest when PFL takes over the command and leads a track like “Babylon The Bandit” into shallower lounge waters. A one-time slip that is just caught by a dominant bassline.

In terms of sound, we are moving here in the typical Dubvisionist dimensions: distinctive, more centralized bass; holding back the heights. Anyone expecting crystal clear, glittering Trebbles will be disappointed. Everyone else knows that a sonic high-gloss polish would be wrong here - Dub is more of a steamroller than a greyhound, more feeling than intellect. Under this premise the transforms Dubvision is a formerly stiff, wooden release into a soulful, worn-melancholy, but ultimately also into an album with a positive outlook.

PS: For those interested in sound technology, I recommend the mixes by Robbie Ost, Paolo Baldini and vom Dublistening to visionists back-to-back; the differences are as striking as they are astonishing: a short journey through three different worlds of sound.

Rating: 4 out of 5.