Mixpost 2: dub-bergs

I mentioned in passing the idea of doing a dub mix post, which is a silly idea.

Most truth started life as an outrageous claim. The outrageous claim for this tune is that it is the first ever dub 45. Maybe it is?

Which Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry song to choose?

Fuck it, I’ll cheat and give him a sort of second appearance:

Those of you who have the compilation mindset (if you have, you know what that means; if you don’t know what that means, you haven’t) will have your own versions of this – a song that may not necessarily ever reach an all time top-50 if forced to name one at gun-point, but nevertheless is always in contention for your next mixtape. This one was one of those for about 10 years for me, from the compilation album that did so much to get me into dub, Crooklyn Dub Consortium vol II:

Another one from the Certified Dope vol II album. This samples a King Tubby tune called Dub Fever:

I do believe I may have mentioned this song before:

I could go on for ages, but my PC is old and laggy and I’m really killing it now. I’ll therefore finish with a bit of French electroclash, from the 2005 compilation French Dub system 2.0:

Fuck it, here’s one more… the rather good Alpha & Omega:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dub Foundation – March Forth

dfmfI likes me some dub. Because I don’t know why, I haven’t listened to much over the last few years. I used to listen to it really quite often. Many of my favourite ever tracks come under this banner. (hmmmmm considers dub mixpost)

Dub Foundation are a 10 piece live dub band based in Wisconsin. They make some really groovy dub tunes that are quite feel-good in their style even if they are singing about the crises of youth. Music like this is the reason that descriptors such as ‘crucial,’ ‘irie,’ and ‘righteous’ started getting applied to music, or at least, that is my understanding of music history. And also they remind me ever so slightly of ex-punker Burning Babylon.

the bandcamp is here: https://dubfoundation.bandcamp.com/album/march-forth

the album is on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHLzak7J068

 

Matchess – The Rafter

Matchess-Cover-400x400Have I ever mentioned the marvellous music made by Whitney Johnson?

This is the 3rd album under the Matchess moniker. Funny thing about that – the first album, Seraphastra, was a very regular play in the Soundbergs cavern. When the follow-up, Somnaphoria, was released, I stopped playing Seraphastra, even though I wasn’t as initially keen on Somnaphoria. The last few months have seen me caning Somnaphoria, however, as its full majesty has unfurled around me. Wish I’d put it in last years top 10 now.

So, as I alluded in my recent chat post, all seems rather quiet at the moment so I took the opportunity during a recent quiet desk session to have a look around to see if favourite artists of mine had anything new for me*, and here was the latest Matchess album. And despite the regularity of Somnaphoria in my ears beforehand, I’ve stopped playing it now and am busy grokking The Rafter, as well as another Verma album that I shall tell you about in due course.

Her music doesn’t so much have beats but a pulse, even more so on this new work – although the opener Alite and the penultimate Awdo break with traditions by including some of yer actual drums. It doesn’t seem to have so much low end as her previous work, although I think the first albums weren’t as bass heavy as they seemed; it may have been a very clever way of framing the music. She also ventures into more abstract territory this time around. Some of it is flat out ambient.  There is a definite sense of evolution, although that may not be quite the right word (maybe there isn’t one), in regard to the first two albums. Though, as ever, I am loathe to stick a label on it, I quite like the term ‘ambient shamanism’ coined over at Decoder.

And as with all music I really like, words fail me. I’m currently staring into space with saliva dripping from the yawning chasm of my mouth, eyes unfocused, trying desperately to grapple  with the concept of thought, and I’m not even listening to the music. I just hope no-one rings up now with an e-book problem.

*It’s a side effect of not doing social media, so I rarely know before something happens that something is going to happen. This has both positive and negative aspects.