Review: Like a lot of prolific dub techno producers, much of Grad_U's music slips out on CD. This EP marks his first appearance on wax for well over a year and contains two typically elongated, locked-in workouts. We're particularly enjoying A-side "Jacob's Dream", a sumptuous, 14-minute aural hallucination rich in seemingly shimmering electronic motifs, crackling percussion samples and aural textures smothered in Vasoline. While utterly sublime, it's nowhere near as dancefloor-focused as flipside "Observing The Night Sky", a gently pulsating chunk of vintage dub techno underpinned by a rock solid kick-drum pattern. In a word: intoxicating.
Review: Peng Sound revisit their highly sought after debut release. Just shy of two years old, it still rattles and hums with authentic dub warmth and drama. Gorgon Sound's original bubbles with bouncy heat as the bass modulations spring off the double-up kicks. Dubkasm's version is equally alluring as we're invited into a much wider space where guitar shots and other melodic elements are entwined into the mix. One timeless composition, two killer versions, if you weren't lucky enough to grab this first time round, you know what to do!
Review: There will always be a place for politically charged records, but lines like "The government man bring the working man down to his knees/It's time to take a stand against the government man" seem particularly relevant right now. It's the lead cry on the a-side of this new 7" from eight-piece band Christel & The Goldmaster AllStars who have a bold two piece horn section driving along this fusion of ska, reggae and rock which was first recorded in 1998 and has recently been unearthed. The flipside version has sci-fi studio effects and warped synths layered in for extra trippiness.