Review: Undefined is a duo made up of Sahara on keys, bass and programming, and Ohkuma on drums, and word has it that they have roots in Japanese dub. They've already collaborated with dBridge, amongst others, and this new single locks you deep into their world with rim shots and drum fills ringing out into cavernous dub drums. The addition of Rider Shafique's tender, introspective vocals make it a truly standout track. Move quick on this as it's limited to 600 copies worldwide, with no digital, no repress, and a slick screen printed sleeve.
Review: As Galcher Lustwerk's label continues to expand at an easy pace, so this intriguing prospect arises from the lesser known Double Pelican Man. As The Nassau Sessions title might imply, this is a departure from sleek house and techno into an abstraction of the island boogie sound, taking some cues from digi-dub and 80s dancehall but offsetting it with a final mix that is all its own. "Jet Ski" is a perfect slice of canned dub for mellow heads, and "Sweet Genius" is the pick for a more audacious application of delay and reverb, but the bass on "Shit To Buy" makes it the standout track on this collection of dubwise jams.
Review: Disco Dub Band's "For The Love of Money", a one-off collaboration between producer Davitt Sigerson and reggae musician Mike Dorane, has long been considered something of a classic by those who like their disco to come with a big dose of dub-wise flavour. Here the instrumental O'Jays cover, which originally appeared on the Movers label in 1976, is given the remix treatment by long-time fans Mr Bongo. The superb A-side, in which Dorane's instrumental talents take centre stage, naturally comes accompanied by the frequently played Dub interpretation, a typically wild and bass-heavy affair that sounds like it was mixed "live" in one take in true Lee Perry/King Tubby style. If it's not already in your collection, it should be.
Review: One can only imagine the vibe in the studio when electronica and dub's most eccentric players collided to create their album The Observer In The Star House. Creative and spirited, neither party held back throughout, and "Soulman" is one of the LP's highlights... A seasick house beat and palpitating dub bassline fuse to form a rock solid bed for Perry's patter, making it just as hypnotising on the headphones as it does on the dancefloor. Alluring, too, thanks to the cool green vinyl finish/
Review: Uprising Sounds returns to Indica with a powerful original and even heavier version. "Militant Dub" leads heavily on the main synth line that's almost oriental in its allure and mysticism. As the title suggests, the rhythm is persistent and just on the right side of rigid to maintain the essential funk. "Dub The Bass" is a much deeper exploration of the low end as the warping bass is allowed to turn itself inside out as the track progresses. Standard Indica procedure: only 500 have been pressed.