Free Chant (Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi) (CD1: songs Of Praise)
Orderliness Godliness Discipline & Dignity
Hold Some More
Cattle Herders Chant
Chant For The Spirits
God Is Great
Deer Spirit Song
Heading To Glory (CD2: In Pursuit Of Shashamane Land)
No Don't Follow Fashion
Somebody Touch I
Fever Pitch (Raw cut)
Pursuit (Underpulse Motion DJ edit)
No Don't Follow Fashion
On The Off Beat
Run Come See Me
Mama Shante Garden
The Big Country (CD 3: Vision Of A Psychedelic Africa)
Positive Thoughts & Mind
Treatment For A Septic Horn
Drumming Is A Language
Mr Whippy Does Djibouti
Run Come See
Ran Came Saw
Who Are You?
Ready You Ready
Ready You Ready (part 2)
What Is The Plan? (with Mutabaruka)
What Is The Plan? (with Mutabaruka - version)
In "I" Head (CD 4: Voodoo Of The Godsent)
The Best Way
Take Heed... & Smoke Up Your Collyweed
Stoned Age Man
This & That & The Other
Dobbyn Joins The Head Charge
Fear Of A Man God
Peace & Happiness (CD 5: Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi)
One Love, One Heart
Dub Some More
Disciplined & Dignified
Healing Father's Dub
Dub For The Spirits
Review: Back in 2016 On-U-Sound released "Environmental Holes & Drastic Tricks", a five-disc retrospective of the early years of Bonjo Ivabinghi Noah and Adrian Sherwood's percussion-led Afro-dub project African Head Charge. "Drumming Is A Language", the second and final retrospective, brings the story bang up to date. Like its' predecessor, it gathers together four key, game-changing albums (1990's incredible "Songs of Praise", '93's "In Pursuit of Shashamane", 2005's "Vision of a Psychedelic Africa" and 2011's "Voodoo of the Godsend") with a bonus CD of unheard versions, remixes and revisions recorded between 1990 and '93. Touching on all manner of influences and showcasing the strong links between African and Caribbean music, the showcased material is as inventive, otherworldly and inspired as dub gets.
Review: Space Of Variants recently described this collaboration between label artists Aura Minimum (real name Vladislav Ishkov) and Flying Cobra (Alexander Khaliulin) as "modern deep sound goodies". While that's a little vague, it's certainly accurate. Across a range of solo and jointly produced tracks, the pair explores a warm, hazy, atmospheric and quietly colourful sound that emphasizes meditative ambient electronics - drowsy chords, drifting motifs and yearning melodies - over the hypnotic dub techno and deep techno grooves that nestle below. It's a formula that results in a hugely soothing, ear-pleasing and smile-inducing listening experience.
Review: It's been a while since we heard from B.R Stylers, a Northern Italian dub outfit who became one of the most popular reggae acts in central Europe during the first decade of the century. In fact, "In Dub" is the Paolo Baldini-helmed outfit's first new set since 2009. It's rather good, too, with Baldini conjuring up trippy, sub-heavy mixes - all weighty riddims, soulful vocals, slick patois toasting, laden East African percussion, glistening guitars and cheery melodies - that touch on a variety of reggae sub-styles as well as dub funk and ambient dub. Whether you're a casual reggae fan or a confirmed dub-head, the album is well worth checking out.
Review: Regarded by dub lovers as a seminal collection, this three CD epic has been unavailable for a quarter of a century. It draws together three hugely important dub albums and includes seven previously unreleased tracks from the band's heyday from 1950 to 1975. Promoter, producer and DJ Arthur "Duke" Reid was a master of this form and a hero in Jamaica: his sound ruled the local dance halls and much of it was engineered by Errol Brown. You can hear his skills in all of the tracks here - the subtle keys, the sliding hi hats and the rolling drums all exude a perfectly inviting warmth.
False Profit (feat Nai-Jah, Joe Pilgrim & Setondji Spirit)
Black Woman Dub (feat Wellette Seyon)
Dub Fingers (feat Joseph Lalibela)
Gideon (feat Echo Ranks - dub)
Care For The People (feat Cologne - dub)
Likkle Dub (feat Yehoud-I)
Arise (feat Nish Wadada - dub)
Yeh Dub (feat Ras Hassen Ti)
Hosanna (feat Cian Finn & Ras Tinny - dub)
All The Dub (feat Earlyman)
Review: After plenty of anticipation, UK dub mainstays Dub Dynasty finally unleash their fourth studio album following lots of extensive, worldwide touring. Much loved in many of the sound system communities of the world, the outfit brings underlying messages of peace and unity, which we all need plenty of right now. Next to the lyrical positivity, the beats are crisp and uplifting too, with polished metal bass, steely hits and oodles of digital effects all making these soul soothing, brain-cleansing jams. The trademark big steppers, the majestic horns, the fat bass are all present and correct throughout, of course.
Review: Some five years after their last full-length hit stores, Fat Freddy's Drop has finally got round to recording a new album. Entitled "Special Edition", it's set to be released in two parts. Part one (the second will follow later in the year) begins with the slow and steady soulful skank of "Kamo Kamo", before the more digital-sounding goodness of "OneFourteen" sees them wisely pushing honeyed vocalist Joe Dukie to the fore. More jazzy reggae warmth follows via "Raleigh Twenty", while "Special Edition" is a confirmed dancefloor workout - think disco-reggae - which mixes rapped and sung vocals. There's a surprising nod to house music on the hypnotic and synth-laden "Trickle Down", while "Six-Eight (Instrumental)" is Fat Freddy's take on dancehall.
Review: Alexander Khaliulin first donned the Flying Cobra alias earlier this year for an album on Space Of Variants that neatly showcased his seemingly innate grasp of atmospheric dub techno soundscapes. "Flowers Decay Quickly" is the producer's surprisingly speedy follow-up. It's another heady and intoxicating affair, with Khaliulin sashaying between the languid, head-in-the-clouds ambient of "Emanation", the gentle but hypnotic dub techno shapes of "Sleepless" and "Way Above", the sun-kissed laziness of "Night Walk" and the fantastically dubbed-out, slow motion soundscapes such as yearning closing cut "Light Of Truth Has Gone Out".
Review: Considering the hazy, spaced-out and immersive nature of grad_u's dub techno productions, we were rather surprised to discover that "Umwelt" is his first full-length collection of cuts for almost seven years. We're glad he's finally got round to making another album, though, because it's the extended format that offers the best chance to wallow in his becalmed and beguiling blend of fuzzy aural textures, deep dub rhythms, woozy ambient soundscapes, fluid electronics and deep space beats. While it would be easy to pick out highlights - the up-tempo beats and pulsating chords of "Racing Thoughts", say, or the Basic Channel-esque throb of "Mars Odyssey" - the genius of "Umwelt" is how it hangs together as one intoxicating, slowly shifting set of dubbed-out electronic movements.
Review: Between 2012 and 2017, grad_u released nine EPs of high quality dub techno on the vinyl-only Redscale imprint. With the label now seemingly a thing of the past, the prolific Lithuanian producer has decided to gather together all 19 tracks from those sought-after vinyl EPs on CD for the very first time. Those who have paid close attention to grad_u's career will know what to expect, namely an evocative mixture of deep, hypnotic techno epics, delay-laden dub techno workouts, spacey late night rollers, abstract dancefloor explorations and occasional surprise turns towards a bolder, warehouse-friendly style (see the formidably sweaty and sub-heavy "Holdback").
Review: Over the course of two albums and a handful of singles, Gradient has showcased a distinctive take on dub techno that emphasizes melodic positivity and aural colour just as much as bass-heavy rhythms and sonic warmth. That trademark sound once again comes to the fore on "Dub Harmonics", which merrily skips between sub-baked dub house ("Harmonic 02"), locked-in peak-time grooves (the smile-inducing goodness of "Harmonic 04"), spaced-out deep space dub ("Harmonic 06") and rolling, early morning dancefloor workouts (the acid bass-propelled "Harmonic 09"). While there are no real surprises or stylistic shifts, there's enough subtle differences to make the album flow nicely, while the ear-pleasing nature of Gradient's sound makes "Dub Harmonics" a very enjoyable listen.
Review: The annual Riddim and Dub series from Ariwa serves up another essential volume. This time once more, all tracks were recorded on the Studer A800 2-inch 24 track via a customized SSL 4000. There are bottomless dubs to sink right into next to more upbeat steppers, all with that roomy feel and lived-in analogue aesthetic. "Well Done" is detailed with subtle horns that drift like wispy clouds, while "Motherland Calling" has tumbling toms that ripple forever. "Theme From Maghreb" is a real fat bottomed wobbler while "Running Around" is silkier and funkier thans to the nicely vamping chords.
Review: Somewhat surprisingly, this collaborative album had its roots in a 2013 request from Michael Mantra for dub techno and ambient dub stalwart Mr. Cloudy to remix tracks from his Silent Season-released 2013 LP "Light In My Head". Six years later, and after sending parts and versions back and forth, the pair has conjured this set of lengthy, deep and mind-altering excursions. Mr. Cloudy provides versions of the collaborative "White Dub": an ultra-deep, spaced-out "Remix" that smothers a gentle, slowly shifting ambient dub rhythm in heavily processed snatches of field recordings and atmospheric aural textures around and a sparser, more spaced-out "Edit" that's closer in tone to Mantra's otherworldly, dub-influenced soundscapes. Sandwiched in between you'll find a hypnotic version by Mantra that was partly created using music concrete techniques.
Review: If it's dub-wise flavours you're after, Mungo's Hi-Fi has always been a reliable source of dancefloor heat. On their latest album, the Scottish collective has joined forces with sometime Dub Mafia front woman Eva Lazarus, whose sweet singing, spoken word raps and patois-laden toaster chat are put to work over a range of sub-heavy riddims (think dancehall, dub, ragga, roots etc). The result is a set that flits between sweet, sultry head-nodders, surprisingly soulful skankers and more robust and aggressive club workouts. Highlights include a slick cover of Beats International classic "Dub Be Good To Me", the summer breeze of Kiko Bun hook-up "Light As A Feather" and the 21st century dancefloor madness of Max Romeo collaboration "Babylon Raid".
Review: Heavy Rain is a dub companion to the Rainford album. It sees legendary knob-twiddlers The Upsetters and co-producer Adrian Sherwood take apart the original tapes and rebuild them in radical fashion with a wide range of unpredictable guests including Brian Eno and Vin Gordon. The mood is relaxed and thoughtful throughout, with all sorts of studio trickery, sci-fi effects, immersive echo and drifting horn leads sinking you deep into the dub. This album showcases the musicality of the Rainford album in all its glory and makes you ride the rhythms from start to finish. To seal the deal, Scratch and Sherwood originals "Dreams Come True" and "Above And Beyond" are also included.