The original “Dub Side of the Moon” was released in 2003 as a homage to Pink Floyd’s legendary and essential iconic “Dark Side of the Moon”. It spent an incredible 7 years on the Billboard Charts having sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. Here, Easy Star All-Stars have assembled a re-interpretation of that heavy bass reggae dub remix collection featuring a unique dub producer taking their shot at spacey dub. Today’s dub is a burgeoning genre with influence as wide ranging as the old school classic Jamaican reggae dubs and b-side mixologists, bass-heavy groove, roots reggae kinks, and now more on the techno flip dub-step. 10 Ft Ganja Plant and Dubmatrix are two artists that lend a hand towards roots dub. Groove Corporation grasps a futuristic re-rub for “Time”. Alchemist’s remix of “Money” is perfect groovy dub-step where the bass cascades with spooky synth stabs and tons of reverb. Adrian Sherwood’s use of echo is just flabbergasting – I swear the sound bounced off my sound system reverberating off of my vital organs. However the true gem on the album is from little known Kalbata. Signed to Soul Jazz Records, Kalbata is Israeli-born and his “Any Colour You Like” is a four-minute shuffle of tech-step rhythms lightened with modular synth noise and shimmies of electro funk. Add in the four bonus tracks and you have yourself a healthy dose of some of the best dub covers you’ll ever hear. Essential.
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True dub that is actually good is a rare gem these days. So much dub is littered with has-been electronica or reggae “artists” that couldn’t scrub a sink let alone sink their teeth into wobbly bass or sparse techno bits. Teleseen is one of those special groups that combines the raw techno rhythms with that sweat-soaked club bass with a Zen-like nod to reggae, dancehall, and two step. There are elements of hip-hop and ragga that are firmly stirred together for a raunchy rumble of bass-driven sparseness with a cute wink at Afro-beat for good measure. Intriguing reminder of a less-involved PlateaU album.
We all know that one of Jamaica’s best exports this side of Red Stripe is reggae, but to New Zealand? Who would have thought that it would make its way to Auckland and beyond? So you may be surprised to find out that New Zealand is a new Mecca for Rastafarianism and its adopted music, even an MP, the Green Party’s Nandor Tanczos is a Rastafarian. Mighty funky bass chords rage on through dub and reggae tunes that are handcrafted for hipster appeal. Recording out of a studio called The Surgery that was once a karate dojo, the Black Seeds populate their sound with island funk, jazzy brass horns, dancehall rhythms, and retro pop off-shoots all packaged neatly with post-African rhythms. Respect indeed.