From the slightly tongue-in-cheek “Intro” through to “The Release,” Dubmatix
makes a strong musical statement on In Dub
, showcasing both his production prowess and range. “Circus Maximum Dub” is heavy steppers, with triumphant horns playing the main theme alongside rolling timpani, echoes, and haze aplenty. “Galactical Dub” is even thicker, all wall of bass, though with breaks for the skanking guitars and later, cascading synths and horns, to breathe. On “16 Stone Dub,” as expected, Earl 16’s verses are reduced to echoing shells as a digital groove creates a very modern electro dub landscape. “Dub Steppa” is appropriately and obviously titled; robot voice into four bars of melody and then the low-end arrives, pounding through the reverberating lushness.
Showcasing numerous styles is a big part of Dubmatix’s approach, so following the opening more-mechanized future dubs the album eases up, with “Inna Breathin’ Dub” almost light and funky by comparison as the horns and effects take the lead. Next, it’s the organic bass-led “Magnetic Dub,” which teases some nice melody lines as well. If “Into Battle Dub” is ready to soundtrack a sci-fi film montage, then “007 Dub” is less overt than expected, instead allowing a nice bass line to lead the listener through a heady sequence of effect-laden instruments.
“Ichense Dub” pushes the past to the forefront, as vocal samples and melodica interweave with a smooth main theme to create a standout track. Then, at 76bpm, comes the most uptempo cut, “Black Madonna Dub” - guitar picking emerging from (or is it leading out of?) the near-chaos. While featuring Dennis Alcapone’s echo-laden vocals, the clear purpose of “Mad Massa Gana Dub” is to push a classic riddim forward into the future. “The Release,” more dirge than ecstasy, bring in a silky smooth saxophone to close out this heavy-yet-diverse exploration of modern dub sounds.
High-quality digital available via Junodownload
(though pre-release pricing is still currently available via Bandcamp
), with CDs
to ship by mid-May.
I have previously reviewed: Dubmatix’s 2013 album Rebel Massive
and Dubmatix’s generous Soundcloud account
. Plus, Dubmatix’s “Pull Up Selector” made my Top Ten Currently Crucial Tunes with Equally Crucial Videos
list for NiceUp.