Dubinator: Police in Helicopter

Regular readers of the and listeners of the "deep in dub“-Playlist on Spotify, I'm (hopefully) an advocate of the classic style of Dubs, based on roots reggae that is kept as minor as possible. This does not mean the groundbreaking recordings from the 1970s and 1980s; rather, corresponding new productions are close to my heart - especially because of the better / further developed sound and the new technical and resulting artistic possibilities. And yet there are always exceptions to my favorite scheme: sound, bassline and Dub-Technique is right, there are always musical "aha" experiences and wonderful sample and sound surprises - but it's not roots reggae.

This review is about such an exceptional album: "Police in helicopter“(Echo Beach) from barely appeared except for one EP that was not so successful Dubinator. Who is behind this moniker and how he was musically socialized would be interesting, but eludes any research - the label itself keeps a low profile, so we shouldn't be interested in it either. The focus is anyway Dubinator's music, and the - dare I say it? - definitely reminds me of the work of Lee Scratch Perry and allows speculation about how he might sound today if he had continued his career as a producer. 

For many readers, this comparison will be tantamount to sacrilege (if not blasphemy!) - but listen to the album with an open mind and parallels to Perry's more obscure tracks - for example from the fine compilation "Arkology“- reveal themselves. Here, as there, the use of audio snippets as an effect is essential; what is engine noise or the mooing of a cow at LSP comes with Dubinator in an unbelievable variety of samples. So entertainment is provided; With “Police in Helicopter” there is a lot to discover, even after listening to it often: The helicopter flies once across the ear canal, sirens wail, an alien orchestral flourish flashes again and again, a rainmaker gently trickles down. In places a soprano choir seems to hold a single note, a woman lectures (presumably) about globalization, etc. etc. Please note: All of this and more happens in the first, title-giving track. 

An album like a surprise bag: you hardly even know what comes out; musically it moves through a variety of styles that incorporate elements of reggae and Dub-Techniques are held together. In addition, the Dubinator does not deny a certain inclination towards the dance floor, although he can also come up with intellectual nourishment - that is, literary recordings by Alan Moore, William S. Burroughs or Yello's Dieter Meier. Other contributors: Dub Pistols' Seanie T, bass legend Doug Wimbish, Max Romeo, Dubmatix, Rob Smith, Sly & Robbie as well as the B-52's in the form of fine samples. 

And so “Police in Helicopter” has become an astonishingly diverse album for which the Dubinator may have sampled across the back catalog of the Echo Beach label, including reminiscences Dubblestandart, On-U Sound and Lee Scratch Perry. So if you are interested and have leisure, this release sends you on a wonderfully astonishing journey of discovery, which is particularly worthwhile for reggae enthusiasts.

Finally, the very successful album illustration remains to be mentioned - a contemporary adaptation of the “They Harder They Come” cover, where you can take a closer look to perceive and enjoy the supposedly subtle differences. I enjoy it and it is certainly one of the reasons why “Police in Helicopter” deserves a very good rating as an overall package.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

12 replies to "Dubinator: Police in Helicopter "

Uff, so much material ... That could easily have been split into two albums. Interesting sample fireworks, in places reminiscent of the early Coldcut works.

I'll put it another way: You can make a really great album out of it, if you get rid of the ballast. There is too much mediocrity on the album for my taste.

I see it exactly the same way - the review is based on a pre-release version of the album, which consists of a balanced 13 tracks - a whole 10 tracks less.

Summary Dubinator-Style: You can mean it too well / You'd better just pick the raisins / Not everything is worth publishing / The spice is in the shortness / etc., etc., yaddayaddayadda ...


"Who is behind this moniker and how it was musically socialized would be interesting, but eludes any research - the label itself also keeps a low profile ..."
It is not that hard. “Nick the Reverend”, the conclusion to Nicolai Beverungen himself is obvious.

In a conversation I asked Nicolai, among other things, whether he himself Dubinator is - he more or less skillfully owes the answer. The secrecy is a bit reminiscent of the 1990s :-)


I also say "UFF"!

First of all, because my spontaneous fear that this could be another “One Riddim - Album” from the “HelicopterRiddim” was unfounded. I probably really wouldn't have needed that anymore. And “UFF” again, because I actually can't really write anything specific about this extremely varied album. The fast run-through - which I have not yet got beyond - is simply not enough. There is still too much to discover and check.
But a "special request" to ours DubI definitely have to send visionists up front. His interpretation or his DubThe version of "Police In Helicopter" immediately triggered the deepest murmuring and amazement in my whole body (including my little brain). This is a very fine version of the riddim and it urgently needs to be added to my special playlist to make sure that I don't forget this entire work again.
Confidently forget, I can do the so-called “remixes” here. None of them get beyond a commonplace feeling for me. And especially the “remixes” of “Smitty Rob” I don't need at all, because his “opinion” is the cool and always perfect reggae drums through rugged and far too sharp-edged drums that are also far too hectic (especially snare ) to want to replace has never made sense to me personally. Mind you (!) My opinion or my feelings. I “pardon” everyone who feels differently ;-) …….
Yes gtkriz ;-)! the comparison with Lee Perry is really daring. Whereby you don't write anything wrong if you particularly refer to the way of working and the use of samples. But I would like to have at least mentioned my feelings and sensitivities.
Lee Perry had several key advantages. His Black Ark sound definitely doesn't seem to be reproducible and remains unmatched. AND (!) He had the UPSETTERS
as the foundation for what is probably the most original music ever produced by humans. In addition, he was able to “work” with the Original Wailers and was able to produce fantastic albums with other Special Musicians such as Ras Michael and the Sons Of Negus. Albums that were so good that they keep new ones to this day and probably forever DubVisionaries inspire their happiness too DubTo look for music and then of course to find it.
Yes, I just needed that again now. Today you can compensate a lot with technology, but you will no longer be able to achieve the spirit of the originals, because the light that illuminated their heads seems to have lost its power and does not illuminate the musicians of today as it did at one time , when the birth of ReggaeMusic brought about "flourishing life". Especially the many do-it-yourselfDubs, which very often arise on their own and without really fascinating new ideas, simply cannot get close to these originals. But that is also really difficult and you see far too many “remixes” in the film business these days, because every topic has been there at least once. In addition, in the film, only - in the figurative sense - “Steppers Films” are viewed by the majority of the “audience”. Nothing goes without boom boom and always in the face. A cinematic introduction such as “Play me the song of death”, where in the (felt) first 20 minutes not a single note is spoken, is something people can no longer stand today. Yet that is exactly - from my point of view - the true art of film. "I like the sound of what happens when all people shut up"

The saying is not mine, but now I prefer to shut up again ;-)

Have "strayed" from the topic ............................................................... lemmi

Actually, I wanted to write that the do-it-yourselfers shouldn't be discouraged by me. But anyway they do their thing without my opinion. And that's perfectly fine. I like it too, but I don't like it as much as Lee Scratch Perry and The Upsetters.
I also think 2 to 4000 years ahead and then everyone will Dubs that have been produced to this day, relative to the time, have appeared at the same time, and then you will probably notice that today's innovations are already 4000 years old and, compared to the 40 years older, one slightly fuller sound but not quite as much of the spirit that the spirit of optimism brought with reggae.

(Yeah, I know! ... .. I wanted to shut up)

Music programs are now also offered on Spotify. With pre-produced drum rhythms in nasty computer sound and other pre-produced scary gimmicks, which you can then enrich with some uninspired melodies with a few clicks of the mouse. The “inspiration” consists of hooklines that are puked as quickly as possible (maybe even puked) that are supposed to generate superficial clicks and thus the only prospect of a little bit of money. Music from the computer for the computer. "Long live the future"
For the makers of Spotify, the best deal that seems obvious at the moment. For people who like to listen to fascinating, really creative, spiritual music, that would be the end.

Ok Ok, but now I really shut up ............................................................... lemmi

"For people who like to listen to fascinating, really creative, spiritual music, that would be the end." Promise;) seeen

"Theatrical" means:
in his demeanor, his utterances, solemn, solemn, pathetic
(I just had to google specifically for myself)

Sorry, but that's almost always how I am ;-) and I personally want my enthusiasm for reggae and Dub express only and only and only in this way. And also in this sentence I feel a certain theatricality ;-)
Please do not get me wrong. I'm not a “quarrel” but I already see a development in music that turns into “bad and cheap”. But I am more of the superficial observer of our time and therefore I hope that you can keep your promise.
This development is perhaps also a legacy from Jamaica. Because since “Sleng Teng Casio” things have basically been going downhill. From then on you heard far too much about this cheap piece of music inna Dancehall and that has only worsened until today.
Ex and hops is the motto. Especially with many Jamaicans. Sad.

Ok, I'm now trying to keep my "attack surface" as small as possible and submissively row back a little. All my impressions can also be completely wrong, because I have never been to Jamaica but I almost only hear "casiomucke". Which I still like sometimes. And apart from that, I've actually been amazed at most people's "taste in music" all my life.
I'm so into reggae and Dub flashed that it has lifted me on a "Tron of gold". Up here it all feels so good that I actually have to get myself back down to earth every now and then. I feel an almost immeasurable arrogance towards everything that did not come from the glory days of reggae. I don't even care if it's still healthy.
I am a fanaticist! I am addicted ! I put my mind behind it!
Oh man, I can't think of anything that sounds more theatrical at the moment.
In addition, I could have safely saved myself the text, but I love the theatrics. A Peter Ustinov as Nero serves as a perfect role model for me.
Or a Robert De Niro as Al Capone! Or even Bob Marley on stage. Yes, before anyone of you says it, I know the comparison is limping and for me there is still a lot of room for improvement.
I just hope I don't one day serve as a chilling example for someone who (doesn't) suffer from “reggaeemylitis”.

However, I always get suspicious when someone says, "I actually hear everything".

These are people who can listen to the radio all day without getting the slightest fit of anger. That exceeds my horizon and exposes me to the suspicion that you are actually not hearing anything properly. But hey, what naive gossip from me. It developed like that and I didn't feel like deleting it. A few points of view are also really fixed or firmly anchored in my head, or stomach and intestinal tract. Ok, I know laxatives can help.

It came to me like this ………………………… lemmi

Please stay theatrical, lemmi. I celebrate your comments, which are consistently entertaining and very often hit the bull's eye.


"Smitty Rob"? :-)))
You can be divided about the mixes of Mr. Smith, here I find his "Police in Helicopter - Rob Smith AKA Rsd-Remix Dub“Wonderful with the violin and the pizzicato samples… wonderfully laid-back.


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