DJ Drez: Good Crush Dub Sessions

Dub, felt slower than slow, sparsely instrumented and in between the feeling of much empty space. You can like that, but you don't have to. I decided on the former and DJ Drez's new album "Good crush Dub Sessions"(Nectar Drop) heard in a continuous loop - although a single run takes a long time, especially since the last track is a continuous live mix that is a good 48 minutes long:

Since the album "Jahta Beat: The Lotus Memoirs"Followed the career of DJ Drez, but turned him into a more or less obscure HipHop / Kirtan / Soundscape /DubCorner. Indeed, the man originally comes from hip hop, as you can hear the rumbling drums in many of his works. At some point he must have moved in the direction of yoga and meditation, as Kirtan albums - on which his wife Marti Nikko gives the mantras - can be understood. But even on these he can share his hip-hop roots and sometimes a secret predilection for reggae and Dub do not hide.

He now presents this preference on “Good Crush Dub Sessions ”almost in its purest form, so to speak. Classic instrumentation, a bit spartan and bumpy with echoes of well-known riddims, meets moderate ones Dub-Effects, all presented in a pretty laid-back way. This calm serenity makes me a little nervous at times, in the sense of "takes a long time until the snare sets the next beat". But that could go well with practicing yoga asanas.

I advise everyone to deal with this release with an open mind. I mean that despite all the traditional design, it has something special to offer, how do you see that?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3 replies to “DJ Drez: Good Crush Dub Sessions "

I was completely unknown to DJ Drez, so thank you in advance for the information about him. I listened to the album several times except for the mix and I'm really impressed. Since I am always lacking words to describe music, I would say in a nutshell: Classically good!

Well, I dare to say that “Request” is just a b-side from a very well-known riddim whose name I don't know at the moment or even generally, who just runs at 45 rpm instead of 33 rpm and he does a few DubHas packed elements in the form of echo and reverb.
This is - especially from my point of view - nothing bad, because I sometimes do something like that at home. Or I just turn a "33 er" with my finger forwards and then back again and set all my reverb and echo controls to maximum. With a bit of herb inna pear, I almost feel like the "Bad Professor" and occasionally it's really fun.
But of course that's not an art, if even I can do it.
All further Dubs, but seem to me to run at the correct, albeit very slow, original speed. As a BassLine fetishist, what is particularly convenient for me is the large empty space that is filled with life and sensuality by every bass note. “Darling Dub" at. Not only here, but especially here, every bass note hits my “Lorenzini ampoules” at exactly the right moment and creates a pronounced sense of well-being, which is supported by the drums that generate gravity. In addition, the minimalist use of instruments also leaves space for your own little gimmicks with reverb and echo, if you have a mixer where something like this was installed “purely by chance”. At the “Binghi Astro Dub“The whole rhythm carpet consists almost exclusively of bass and drum, so it's easy to add a few more to the snare itself DubPacking gimmiks on it. That shouldn't be the criterion by which I rate this album, but it's additional fun. I especially like the extremely relaxed atmosphere that emanates from this album.
It may be that I get a little nervous in the long run when the bull is deep inside me with its hooves scratching in the sand, but so far it's only good for me.
How nervous a UK Steppers fan might be with these Dubs be? ……………………. lemmi

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