Various – In Dub 4

January 10, 2016 in Singles

In Dub 4 Cold BustedTIWWD’s favourite purveyors of chilled-out grooves and lo-fi funk bring us another of their (very) occasional dub compilations here.

There’s minimal info supplied, which means that while I can tell you some of the artists featured here are names Cold Busted fans will recognise for their usual downtempo work (Es-K and Vitamin D, for instance), it’s not entirely clear whether these are experiments in dub by the artists themselves, or remixes commissioned for this project. Not that it really matters, I suppose! More important is that generally speaking it works, where so many excursions into dub territory by non-reggae artists often don’t. Tracks range from lighter cuts like Illusion Of The Revolution by My Neighbour Is, which isn’t far from straight-up reggae, via ambient-dub-downtempo fusions from Ashkha (Lyrical Satirical) and SkySpitterInk (Self Lord) and skankin’ Zion Train/Dreadzone-esque digidub from Zac Love (The Rising Tide) to the weirded-out, polyrhythmic Sundaze by Es-K. But the album’s at its best when serving up some proper heavy manners with cuts like DJ Buzzword’s Dub Fi Mi Gyal, and Emapea’s Wicked Sound.

All told, In Dub 4 is unlikely to replace that favourite King Tubby or Scientist album as your go-to dub fix. But it certainly wouldn’t sound out of place played alongside, and that in itself is no mean feat.

Out: This week

About: Find Cold Busted herehere and here.

Heights & Worship – Teach Dem EP

April 18, 2015 in Singles

Heights & Worship Teach Dem Worship RecordingsRegular readers will know I’m a sucker for fusions of reggae/dub with house and techno… only problem is there aren’t really millions of ’em around. As such, this bullet from Worship Recordings was a very welcome arrival in the inbox!

Four mixes of Teach Dem to choose from. The Original Dub (which apparently first came out on 7-inch in 2013) is pretty much a straight-up dub cut, with heavyweight, slow-moving bass, plenty of echo/FX and Rastaman vox. The Liondub & Ticklah Remix takes us closer to Kruder & Dorfmeister-ish ‘dub chill-out’ territory, but perhaps of most interest to TIWWD readers will be the Extended Disco Remix – skanking 4am deep house – and Willyum’s Shakedown Remix, a later-night, more headnoddin’ deep house rub.

I’d not come across Worship Recordings before but if all their shiznit sounds like this, further investigation is definitely required – this is awesome!

Out: This week on vinyl, digitally from 11 May.

About: Worship Recordings are based in Philadelphia and can be found here, here and here.

Kalbata & Mixmonster – Inna Skateland

February 25, 2015 in Singles

Kalbata & Mixmonster Inna Skateland Freestyle RecordsWell here’s a treat… never get sent any reggae any more! So when I do it seems rude to just ignore it…

Inna Skateland comes to you courtesy of Freestyle Records, and is I’m told the third single from Kalbata & Mixmonster’s Congo Beat The Drum album. Not heard the album but am gonna have to investigate now, because with its bowel-bothering dub bassline, melodica and 30-year Jamaican veteran Puddy Roots on the mic, this is ‘contemporary classic’ reggae to rival the likes of Prince Fatty and Dubmatix. Comes with a very fine Dub, too, which is no great surprise.

When Freestyle hit the spot, they hit it hard, and hit it hard they do here.

Out: This week

About: Find Freestyle Records here, here and here.

Vibration Lab ft Linval Thompson – Tribulation Time

May 2, 2012 in Singles

And from the dubwise flourishes on the Tony S single to this latest from ‘future reggae’ heroes Vibration Lab, who here serve up what’s probably their most rootsical offering to date.

To recap, and for those that’ve just come in… ‘future reggae’ is the name coined by these two deep house stalwarts (Steve is connected to Peng Records, while Bazil used to co-run Bristol’s long-running and much-missed Fruity Antics club night) to describe their fusion of reggae and dubstep. But on this latest single, featuring the legendary tonsils of JA’s Linval Thompson, the dubstep influences are largely toned down… there are eight mixes to choose from so it does vary from mix to mix, but essentially we’re in straight-up dub territory.

I’m not gonna go into each mix individually cos we’d be here all day, but they come from RSD, Radikal Guru, Riddim Tuffa, Adam Prescott and Vibration Lab themselves, and between ’em any selector of sensi-laden grooves should find themselves with plenty of options here!

Out: This week

About: Vibration Lab can be found on Soundcloud, Facebook and MySpace.

Kaua – Spuma EP

April 23, 2012 in Singles

Some serious deepness here from Switzerland’s ever-excellent Acryl Music and Japanese producer Kaua.

The title track Spuma itself is the most obviously dancefloor-oriented of the three tracks on offer, a deep n’ moody groover topped off with dreamy, floaty, proggy twiddles. Next up, Abelia is a late-night, sofa-surfin’ kinda thang with ambience galore, periodic injections of fat squelchy bass, mournful brass and glitchy broken/two-step beats.

But while those are both very cool, the killer to these ears is Owni, which is as fine a slice of heavy dub-inspired deep house/deep techno bizniss as you’ll hear all week. In fact it’s probably closer to straight-up dub than anything… but that’s by no means a problem, obviously. Crucial vibes, seen?

Out: For a couple of weeks on Beatport, but getting a full worldwide release this week.

About: Find Acryl Music at their website, on MySpace and on Soundcloud.

Miguel Migs – The System feat Capleton

March 2, 2012 in Singles

Love deep house? Love reggae as well? Then A. Congratulations, you have fine taste. And B. You should love this… cos it’ll scratch both itches. Sometimes separately, sometimes at the same time.

The original of The System is taken from the recent Outside The Skyline album, as you probably know, but for those who don’t it’s a fairly accessible, upbeat house cut with reggae overtones and, of course, a vocal from dancehall legend Capleton.
But it’s the remixes that are of more interest today. Reggae lovers are treated to both Vocal and Dub mixes from Mad Professor, which dispense with the track’s housey elements in favour of a carnival-friendly dancehall vibe for the former and some heavy, spaced-out dub shenanigans on the latter. Elsewhere, you get a Dreadzone-esque skanking rub from Rob Garza and a more ‘leftfield beats’ kinda pass from Rob Paine, but the treat for the househeads lies in Migs returning to his Petalpusher guise for a Salted Disco Dub that… well yeah. YOU know.
It’s between the Petalpusher pass and Mad Professor’s Dub for me but with mixes to suit a range of tastes, this is a must-check.
Out: This week
About: This comes, like the album, on Migs’ own long-running Salted Music

FREE ALBUM! Echoes (The Remixes) – Renegade Media

September 30, 2011 in Albums

Well then, here’s a treat for a Friday night… a 12-track remix album from Renegade Media, the Toronto label run by rising world dub/reggae star Dubmatix. And it’s free.

I won’t bang on about it, cos you can hear it for yourself, obviously. Suffice to say if you like your dub vibes – from classic dub to digidub to dubstep – you seriously need this. And given the bargain-tastic price of precisely nothing, it’d be seriously rude not to grab yourself a copy!

Out: Well, now, obviously. Duh.
About: As Renegade Media has just given me/you a whole album for free, it’d be rather remiss of me not to at least include a link to their website, n’est-ce pas? If you dig the above then there’s whole lot more to love from this excellent label so go explore…

Vibration Lab – Vibration Creations Vol 1 EP

April 1, 2011 in Singles

Vibration Lab Vibration Creations Vol 1This literally just came in this morning, but I’m gonna let it jump the queue a bit cos it’s really very good indeed.

Vibration Lab is a new project from two stalwarts of the southwest’s deep house scene, with connections to the Peng label and Bristol’s long-running Fruity Antics night, but this EP sees them heading off in a completely different direction, inspired by a mutual love of classic reggae and dub. It’s not even as simple as that though, because they’re billing the Vibration Lab sound as ‘future reggae dubstep’. And indeed, that probably IS the best way to describe this EP. Think the most dub-wise, reggae-infused dubstep you’ve heard to date, then reggae it up a bit more, and you’re somewhere in the right ballpark. It’s just dubsteppy enough to not be straight-up dub, yet reggae-fied enough to appeal to even the most ardent dubstep-a-phobe.

Being a big fan of classic reggae myself for some 30 years now, I’m loving it loving it loving it, especially Dub Pon The Street, which reworks Black Uhuru’s Heathen to devastating 21st century effect.

Crucial, in every sense of the word.

Out: This week

About: I think I just explained most of what I know. I guess I should also tell you that this is on their own Vibration Lab label, though. Here’s their Soundcloud page.