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The Loving Paupers: Lines in Dub

Nice, again a "real" Dub- To be able to review an album - that is, one that was created classically from the (further) processing of a previously released vocal album, takes it into new dimensions in terms of sound technology, but never loses the reference to the original - in which it is the original musical and sometimes the textual message also reinforces, spins on, caricatures, leads to absurdity or transformed into the opposite. That is the essence of the Dub: Without the original as a reference there can be none Dub Give version; that would be as pointless as Dub-Tuning without a car.

Of course, there are still instrumentals of all genres in abundance, without any template Dub-Techniques and ingredients were developed. However, whether the mere use of effects such as echo, reverb or the fading in and out of sound tracks the term "Dub“Justifies, is a question worth discussing.

The Loving Paupers, a septet around singer Kelly Di Filippo from the United States, are obviously committed to tradition and have their album "Lines" also as - nomen est omen - "Lines in Dub“(Jump Up Records) released. Both labels and artists state “Lovers Rock” as the genre, which seems too short-sighted and has little to do with conventional, but rather flat Lovers Rock. The lyrics of the vocal album are too sophisticated and encrypted for that; the conveyed state of mind is pure melancholy and Di Filippo's sound, often set in two-part harmony, is very reminiscent of non-genre artists such as Rumer, the early Dusty Springfield, and sometimes Sade. The impression is supported by catchy melodies, which point more towards singer / songwriter, country or pop / rock.

The foundation, however, is formed by pure, original roots riddims: Without a vocal track, they could well pass as productions of the late 70s in terms of arrangement and instrumentation. Only the reduced highs and the associated muffled sound are the drawbacks of "Lines".

"Lines in Dub“On the other hand corrects this weakness and convinces with a clear, powerful sound that the Dubs sparkles. The difference is a bit surprising, as Victor Rice turned the controls on both albums. Its soundscape is still not for everyone, especially its bone-dry, almost tinny drum sounds. But the man knows exactly when to use which effect and when to fade in and out vocal tracks; the result is the subjectively best Dub-Album from Rice. It can stand on its own, but works best in combination with the vocal album - precisely because it perfectly carries the melancholy mood: A beautiful soundtrack for dark, rainy days.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

2 replies to “The Loving Paupers: Lines in Dub"

Wow gtkriz !!!

Now you have also managed to speak 100% from my soul. I took this album over from your playlist to mine after the first superficial flip through. This is my DUB !!! So i have Dub preferably !!! I was already thinking about buying the vocal record, but I got it for the reasons you mentioned (only the reduced highs and the associated muffled sound are the shortcomings of "Lines".),
probably not done. Not much later I heard them Dubs in your “Deep In Dub“List and loved it from the first note.
And yes, the “sound world” of Victor Rice is a bit rougher than that of Umberto Echo, for example, but it is entirely in my “frequency catchment area”.
“But the man knows exactly when to use which effect and when to hide and show vocal tracks; the result is the subjectively best Dub-Album by Rice. "
I would also like to confirm that 100%! Especially since it underlines my thesis that it applies to many DubThere can be no discussion as to whether they are good or simply just good ;-) …… your assessment is therefore not “subjective” but objective and beyond any doubt ……. ;-)
I also like it very much how you now and then into our conscience "DubAddicts “and make us realize what the real origin of DUB is. Personally, I cannot and will not contradict this, because that is really the most consistent definition of Dub.
The problem remains, however, and that is only the application of Dub-Techniques (e.g. echo reverb and the input and
Fading out soundtracks) a completely sufficient Dubcreate feeling and thus hardly feel at all
classic Dub distinguish in the original sense. It is almost a 1: 1 draw if you use the vocal disc
Dubversion has never heard of. And as I said, when Dub Syndicate no Dub then I have the whole genre Dub
not understood anyway …………….
Maybe you can still between Dub and DubMusic distinguish where Dub but of course there is also music and that is
BEST !!!

Cheers ………………. lemmi

Maybe you could say it Dub there is a certain intention / philosophy behind it - and Dubwho, so to speak, “only” from the joy of Dub-Techniques emerges. Dub Syndicate I would rather belong to the latter, but they have always been a special case (and that's a good thing :)

After all, it should Dub be something that touches the listener, in whatever way and in whatever way. I myself always advocate a certain historical awareness and the preservation or expansion and expansion of knowledge.

This muffled, "musty" sound with the lowered highs and the sometimes quite flat lows, which also borrows strongly from the JA sound of the late 70s ... it seems to be enjoying greater popularity at the moment. One hears again and again ... Piura Vida, Loving Paupers, Milton Henry, LSP and just another artist whose release I will be reviewing in the foreseeable future. Not mine, but interesting: a complete contrast to current JA productions.

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