ZamZam number 50 for me is a great example of balancing with the „centre of gravity” in a release. On the A side, we have the track called „Non-Immigrant Song” and it’s truly an anthem thanks to the emphasis put by Tenor Youthman. A strong voice with a strong message keeps you focused on the story. Egoless’s music here is not trying to cover the vocalist, it is rather minimalistic, no overwhelming effects. But then the dub version comes and here the craziness of sounds and effects begin. Here The Dub talks and do this masterfully…
PS. There is a gift inside this release!
An incredible time machine has been prepared recently by Med Tone Records. Well, two machines to be more precisely. They will take you directly to sunny Jamaica in the epicentre of sweet rocksteady vibes. They will do this both thanks to wonderful vocals as well as the riddim and it’s totally old-school warm vibes. In „My Roots Girl” we hear the sweet and beautiful voice of Cornell Campbell. „My Ethiopian Queen” is the DJ version with the pioneer of this style – the master toaster U-Roy! This killer combination doubles the effect and it’s not over – add two dub versions mixed in a good-old dubwise fashion and you will get a wonderful, splendid, one of the best „nice & easy” and enjoyable reggae songs I’ve recently heard.
Forthcoming 7” from Indica Dubs brings us UK dub legend Vibronics first time for his label. As usual Steve delivers his unique vibe, warm basslines and beautiful, catchy melodies – all well arranged and mixed in a dubwise fashion. Vibronics style to the max!
Word from Indica Dubs:
„‚Dub In The Ghetto’, otherwise originally known as ‚Dread Paradise’, was given to me as a dubplate at the start of this year, and I have been playing it at all my sessions. The track name was inspired by the South America tour which I played in June 2016; it was also the final song I played of the tour. The artwork drawn by Ras Mykha, portriats the ghetto favela style areas visited across South America.”
Grab it here: http://indicadubs.com/shop/
„In His Name” to 3. wydawnictwo I-Skankers w swoim labelu, nie licząc 7 dubplejtów również wydane własnymi siłami. Tym razem dostajemy riddim „In his name”, gdzie na stronie A wokalnie rządzą Ranking Fox i Anthony John i zwieńcza ją wersja dub z elementami nyahbhingi w klimacie UK roots. Strona B to już popisy instrumentalistów Yann Sax na saksofonie, Steppin Pablo na melodyce i kolejna mocna wersja dub.
I Skankers poszli tu w roots i bardzo dobrze im to wychodzi!
Latest releases from ZamZam Sounds bring two visionary dubs. Number #45 with Emperor T AKA Phuture-T comes with pounding, visionary steppa style in „Macka Step Dub” and even faster „Mek It Run Dub”. Release number #46 by Tetrad ships moody, four-to-the-floor „Awaken Dub” on the A side; on the flip side we get really serious hypnotic dubstep, minimal in its form, but massive in reception.
The newest Indica Dubs 7” brings as usual strictly sound system vibes. Made with Swedish Shiloh Ites, this marching riddim with strong, pumping bass and drums, is perfectly suited for 18” speakers and crowded, skanking dancefloor. Also very nice melody played by accordion? ads some old-school flavour to this tune. The dub version comes in a proper dubwise manner, the rhythm is emphasized and crossed with spatial, reverbated hits. Well, let’s march to Zion!
Get it here: https://indicadubs.bandcamp.com/album/marching-to-zion-dub-temple
or in good record shops.
The Grinders, who has already been presented on our site, (https://dubmassive.org/en/?s=grinders) are planning a new album in October and presented 7” single is an extract from the LP.
„Liar Liar” ft. Carlton Livingston is a nice moody, bassy reggae tune shipped with also very nice versions: a lovely old-fashion dubwise one, a crazy jungle mix and a powerful steppers style.
All sounds really good and I definitely like the idea of many different versions here. Looking forward for the full album!
Another exploration in the realm of sub frequencies from ZamZam Sounds, this time with J:Kenzo as a guide.
„It’s no exaggeration to say that J:Kenzo is one of the leading lights of underground bass music today. As a producer for labels as diverse, venerable, and crucial as Tempa, Metalheadz, and Exit Records he makes much of the music defining the moment from drum & bass to steppers. He also shapes our listening and dancing through the careful curation of his own Artikal Music UK and Lion Charge imprints, to say nothing of his monthly Rinse FM show and non-stop global touring. Needless to say we were extremely pleased when he approached us with two tunes tailor-made for ZamZam.
“Without” is a 140 workout, at once minimalist, muscular, mezamditative and sinister. A deep skanking pad and synthetic percussion set the stage for the leaden kick and steady hi hat pulse calling all dancers. Rockers’ drum fill and test tone sprinkle dubwise flavor as the haunting melodics waft through, as hypnotic as smoke trails in a cloudy studio. “Without” is perfectly crafted in every respect.
The flip side “Within” is another expertly honed journey into deep 140 waters, heavy on the atmospherics that recall wide open vistas and treacherous seas. Synth and bass work as one, surfacing and diving to both anchor and propel a massive riddim both heady and totally physical. The hi hat is again steady with punctuating snares & claps, huge chasms of space open up leaving the listener stunned at the depths within.”