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Dub (Revolution Review

Dub Evolution, March 2008

They have been mixing since the mid-1990s Vibronics from Leicester Dub-Sounds made in the UK - and everyone Dub-Freund knows exactly what that means: powerful steppers beats with booming basslines and bass drums marching through four to the floor. This is accompanied by the typical synth offbeats and loads of reverb and echo. Once synonymous with the great Dub-Revival, which was heralded in the early 1990s by acts inspired by Jah Shaka like the Disciples, Zion Train or Alpha & Omega, this sound is one today Dub-Style among many but one that is inseparably identified with the United Kingdom. The Vibronics have remained loyal to him, vary him within the narrow limits and play as one of the last survivors Dub-Bands of the 1990s undaunted their sound system sessions. Their new record “UK Dub Story "(Scoop / Import) celebrates this UKDub-Sound - not in the form of a compilation, as the title suggests, but with new productions. Of course, no surprises are to be expected here. Conservation of customs fits the purpose of the album better. But there doesn't have to be anything bad about that. The general fixation on innovation is highly questionable anyway. Why not just produce a technically good, solid album without claiming to discover new worlds of sound? Most of the discoveries go in the pants anyway, so fans prefer to enjoy well-made genre food. And this is exactly what the vibronics deliver. No doubt they have mastered their craft after 13 years in Dub-Business perfect and know how to knit massive rhythms and get them right Dub-Treatment administered. Bass galore, shimmering sound particles, torn melodies and a stoically pounding bass drum - what more do you need for happiness?

Mossburg is the name of a US label that now has two thoroughbred Dub-Albums first caught my attention. The first album is from the Hi Fi Killers and is “Turf War Dub"(Mossburg / Import) titled. It contains 12 pretty interesting ones Dubs who play virtuoso with the sounds of the pre-digital age and unmistakably come out the killers as fans of Scientist and King Jammy. There is a lot of love in the details, the sound is warm and rich and the rustling and crackling brings back wistful memories of earlier times. Now that wouldn't matter much if the rhythms weren't good. Not arranged with great attention to detail Dub can be good if the rhythm, the foundation built from drum & bass is not convincing. But the Hi Fi Killers are excellent civil engineering experts, wise men who build their house on rock and not on sand. And so there is a surprising, very beautiful underground label on this unknown underground label, which is only accessible via import Dub-Album that I would like to recommend to everyone who knows how to listen.

The other album released by Mossburg, "Terrible Riddims" (Mossburg / Import), comes from Dub Fanatic and offers a much clearer, cleaner, more precise sound that is less dazzling and more straightforward through the beats. The arrangements is a preference for the Dubs listening to the Revolutionaries and the riddims are of course not terrible at all. If you are served with an album from Mossburg, you should go for the Hi Fi Killers, but if you have the luxury of two Dub-Packages can be given on the label website www.mossburgmusic.com and download the “Terrible Riddims” for only 9 dollars - not as mp3, but as uncompressed AIF files, which can then be burned to CD without loss. That’s an interesting sales strategy!

On the next album I fell for a stupid label fraud, but it turned out to be a blessing. In the order PDF of my reggae dealer, I immediately noticed the typical yellow-red Souljazz cover with the circular image in the middle: "Homegrown Dub - 100% Remixed "(May / Import) was the title, and in a flash I combined: After the two CDs “Box of Dub“1 and 2 Souljazz now brings a portrait of the current British Dub-Scene. Not even close! When I finally got the CD, I found what it was actually about in the small print at the bottom of the cover, where it usually says “Souljazz”: About Dubs the New Zealand band Katchafire. No trace of soul jazz! In a rather bad mood, I put the work into the player and was then somewhat surprised. Instead of making the rip-off perfect with cheaply produced material, hand-played, complexly arranged and thoroughly composed material played Dub-Versions (of the two Katchafire albums "Revival" and "Slow Burning"). The sound is actually a bit reminiscent of Fat Freddie's Drop, even if it's far less casual. Not infrequently, Katchafire sounds like a rock band that plays reggae, but offers beautiful melodies and really exciting, traditionally mixed ones DubEffects. On CD 2 there are seven remixed versions suitable for clubs, with the song "Rude Girl" being remixed three times. All in all, Katchafire wouldn't have needed the fraudulent labeling. The album is good enough to be bought for its own sake.

A tribute to that Dub Syndicate offers us Rob Smith with a mega mix of various tracks by Style Scott's band. "Overdubbed by Rob Smith (courtesy of Smith & Mighty) "(Collision / Groove Attack) is the full title and tries to make the material more diverse Dub To upgrade Syndicate albums with the reference to the magic duo from Bristol. The resulting increased expectations are unfortunately not fully met when listening, because of the overdubbs can't be heard too much. Mr. Smith more or less delivers one here Dub Syndicate-Tunes limited DJ set. Barely worth mentioning if the songs weren't as good as they are. Style Scott has been excellent with the help of great vocalists like Big Youth, Junior Reid, Cederic Myton, Capleton as well as the two Dub-Mixer Adrian Sherwood and Scientist in the Tuff Gong studio simply produced a few superb songs. Perhaps the real sense of the over liesdub-Action in that something originally went under Dub Syndicate albums again in the field of vision Dub- and to move reggae friends. They deserve it.

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