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Dub (Revolution Review

Dub Evolution, January 2007

Hard to believe, the tireless, flimsy Hamburg rap and babble mouth Jan Delay  finally shut up on his new album. Stammheim's sons, the Flashgott and the Ragga Styler have to stay outside because on the new album "Searching ... - The Dubs "(Echo Beach / Indigo) Music alone has the say. While Mr. Delay has already moved on, has left reggae behind and is currently in his funk phase, the estate administrators have set to work and a stylish one Dub-Version of the 2001 hit album "Searching for the Jan Soul Rebels" produced. And since the Hamburg reggae mixed poke likes to stay among themselves, the big one has become Dub-Master Matthias Arfmann accepted the work, chased it through the echo chambers of his Hamburg Turtle Bay Country Club studio and published it on the Hamburg-based label Echo Beach. Anyone who knows Arfmann as the initiator of the Castrated Philosophers and as the producer of Patrice, Onejiru and the Absolute Beginners - and who has heard his remixes of old Karajan recordings two years ago - should have no doubt that Arfmann at the controls the delay -Tracks vigorously revamped. While the voice, lyrics and marketing image of Jan Delay were so much in the foreground on the original album from 2001 that hardly anyone paid any attention to the music, it finally comes into its own under Arfmann's leadership. Although the Sam Ragga Band didn't eat the groove, Matthias Arfmann managed to create a beautiful, solid and very melodic one Dub-Mixing album together. He proceeded quite classically: the well-considered dramaturgy, the virtuoso handling of melody fragments and the precise timing alone are enough to create exciting instrumental pieces that are consciously and gladly listened to over the entire length. It helped a lot that - unlike in Jamaican reggae, where the riddims are created independently of the vocal version - Jan Delay composed simply good melodies for his album, which are now also those Dubs shape. 

A very interesting one comes from Canada Dub-Compilation: Sub Signals Vol. I (Interchill / iTunes). The label assigns the tracks presented here to the (probably self-created) genres “Psy Dub"," Psy Dancehall "and"Dubby Breaks ”. We prefer to call it "Dub with attitude ”, because although all tracks are based on reggae beats, the sound moves in Bill Laswellian spheres, that is to say: heavy bass lines, very slow rhythm, sensitive electronic sounds and a relatively complex, demanding mix. Or, to put it more simply: the exact opposite of steppers. An album to listen to rather than nod your head. Well-known names such as Sub Oslo, Zion Train, Noiseshaper, Creation Rebel, Dubadelic or Manasseh, as well as unknown (perhaps Canadian acts): Mauxuam, Dub Alchemist, High Tone, Almamegretta or Ashtech. Behind the latter is the compiler of the Sub Signals himself, Mr. Gaudi, a white dread from London, who has so far mainly stood out by remixing pop pieces. With his remix of Cool Jack's “Jus' come” he even had a No. 1 hit in the British charts in his vita. In any case, he proves good selector competence with the Sub Signals, because the album not only gathers good music, but also flows homogeneously and closed without becoming boring. Since it is not sold in Germany, it can be downloaded from the iTunes Music Store - where it is known to be available for test listening.

There is also news from Universal Egg. "Bass Matters" (Universal Egg / Cargo) is called the first pure DubAlbum of the Radical Dub Kolektiv, for which the musicians from Zagreb brought Neil Perch, Mr. Zion Train himself, on board as producer. That was a very good idea because that Dub-Thousandsassa has a remarkable result from the live recordings Dub-Album mixed. What takes a long time is finally good, because Perch took over a year for the mix. In terms of sound, he has arranged the tracks on powerful steppers beats, whereby the hand-played character of the tunes pleasantly weaken the 90s steppers appeal. The smoothness of the synth production is replaced here by a certain roughness and directness, which gives the pieces additional energy. In addition, the band and producer tried very hard to diversify and, in addition to a good mix and beautiful arrangements, also repeatedly incorporated small, surprising ideas, such as a choir that can be heard for exactly four bars, or small dialogues or soundscapes that function as an intro . Two pieces have also been provided with vocals. One of the vocalists is Lee Perry's alleged nephew, Omar Perry.

Gussie P has always been out for his minimal Dub-Sound known. With the remix of old Negus Roots recordings from the early 1980s, he has now outdone himself. “Firehouse Dub Volume 1 "(Gussie P / Import) is the name of the Mixwerk and is listed under the artist name Sip A Cup Meets Negus Roots. You can hear bass, bass and more bass here. The drums, occasional keyboard sprinkles and guitar licks ranks under distant Liefen. If you listen carefully, you can still see the early 80s, the typical house sounds of Channel One and Aquarius studios and also Sly Dunbar's militant drumming. But Gussie P has done a solid job: At first glance, the album could pass as a current production. Maybe because the mix wasn't as minimalist as Gussie's way, even in the early 80s. In addition, the good guy must have tinkered with the bass sound quite intensively, because it has an almost eerie presence. Interesting minimalism is - contrary to the ostensible assumption - extremely difficult to achieve. Because if it is not perfectly worked out, it will quickly get boring and will lose all potential that is in it. A trap that Gussie P unfortunately fell into - even if only with one leg. As overwhelming as his sound is on the first few tracks of the album, Gussie doesn't manage to keep the tension over the entire length. By the middle of the album at the latest, you want something more than just bass, bass and more bass.

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