Once again not a classic one Dub Album in Reggae Offbeat. So not necessarily something for either Dub-Purists. Nevertheless, it is always amazing to hear which acoustic blossoms our small but fine genre Dub so drives.
The two American musicians Brad Truax (bass) and Barry London (keyboards) developed the idea of recording tracks by the British post-punk band Joy Division in a whimsy Dub-Import context. In order to put the project into practice, Oneida percussionist John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), Chris Millstein on drums and a few additional musicians from the bands “Oneida” and “Home” were brought into the studio. The recordings were made within a day. That was in 2004 and Sudden division sold the EP, with four tracks and a mini edition of 800 copies, exclusively at their live concerts. 15 years later, a reissue with five tracks is added to the Jäh Division: "Dub Will Tear Us Apart ... Again“(Ernest Jenning Record Co.) again made available to the public. In addition to the four already published Joy Division covers, the new edition will be joined by two recordings from the original session plus three from a discarded album. The "isolation Dub", Another Joy Division cover, follows two original compositions (the almost 10-minute band improvisation" Paramount Lobby "and" Sloppy Homework ") and a Desmond Dekker (" Fu Manchu Dub") And a Jackie Mittoo (" Champion Of The Arena Dub“) Cover.
The psychedelic ones created in the shadow of New York's Williamsburg Bridge Dub- Interpretations skilfully span an arc from Manchester, England, to the Jamaican Mixing Desk Wizards, which we know well, to New York.
Jäh Division only stays relatively close to the original on the title track. The melody of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is so distinctive that it might be familiar even to those who only vaguely know Joy Division. In my opinion, you don't necessarily have to be familiar with the post-punk band Joy Division in order to "Dub Will Tear Us Apart… Again ”. The rest of the tracks reveal a more deconstructivist approach to the Dub-Garment. Tones are stretched to the limit to give the songs an almost elastic, pulsating sound. The album is actually to be seen rather as an independent unit, which takes the music of the Joy Division classics as a starting point for releasing them through the Dub-Wolf to spin. Suddenly Division seemed to like the idea of exploring all possibilities, what Dub has to offer. Exploring what the analog equipment and the studio "dubtechnically ”, Jäh Division and Barry London“ at the controls ”had a lot of fun.
Later elaborates of the Easy Star All-Stars like "Radiodread" and "Dub Side Of The Moon ”or also DubXanne: "Police In Dub“Stayed much closer to the original. Nevertheless, or precisely because of this, "Dub Will Tear Us Apart… Again “a fascinating example of dignified Dub-Art.
Trivia: Jäh Division had to choose the "umlaut version" because there was already a Polish band called Jah Division.