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Fresh Poulp’s dub-devotional Dub Tentacles series returns with Vol. 5; with a slight nod to roots, this is still cutting-edge dub even as melodies echo and the bass reverberates. Burnett Town Sound start things off right, as “What Didn’t” lets the melodica lead amidst a hazed-out funky groove, all fading away to an analog crackle. Du3normal takes a different approach on “Dirt:” sleek and modern, with a firm steppers beat leading the clean digital synths. This balance between eras continues throughout the compilation; Unidub Estacion (feat. Dan-I) sound simultaneously old and new on “Inna Dubplate Styla,” while Serious Dub and Submarine FM lean forward on “Boomstep” and “McEddie’s House” - inspired by future machines and Medieval chants, respectively. Dub Grammar’s titular vocal sample caves into a deep riddim on “Valiant Thor;” “Love Jah” brings an emotional air of the Orient to its outernational Jamaican vibes as Sista Aude’s unifying lyrics nestle nicely upon MatDTSound & Woody Vibes’ laid-back steppers riddim. Awen’s instrumental solo effort, “Pyramid,” is equally ancient in initial inspiration, like a Sinai sunrise before a minimalist electro dub takeover; closing collaborative cut with Fresh Poulp Souk System builds on that approach to create an epic sprawl of sounds with a heavier dubstep influence paired with melodic vocals. In between, Radadub steps - and echoes - heavily on “Muzically Fire” and the sounds of the Middle East are channeled into “Amsterdamned Dub” by Dub Sounder. For fans of the deeper darker electro dub sound, who still want organic vibes in an increasingly digital world, this is a worthy global effort.

 

DU3normal’s latest EP, Meetology, explores the range of steppers dub. “Long Walk” features Zsofia Derts’ melodic vocals laid on a softer riddim, before “Golden Fist” turns more towards dubstep with a fierce vocal from Clinton Sly and some heavy bass. Instrumental closer “Pure” then strikes a balance between these two extremes: light effects dance atop a deep groove, echoes lead to a driving beat, and out emerges DU3normal’s unique take on modern dub music. Available free from LibreCommeLair, and other great tracks are available on Soundcloud.

DU3normal’s latest EP,¬†Meetology, explores the range of steppers dub. “Long Walk” features Zsofia Derts’ melodic vocals laid on a softer riddim, before “Golden Fist” turns more towards dubstep with a fierce vocal from Clinton Sly and some heavy bass. Instrumental closer “Pure” then strikes a balance between these two extremes: light effects dance atop a deep groove, echoes lead to a driving beat, and out emerges DU3normal’s unique take on modern dub music. Available free from LibreCommeLair, and other great tracks are available on Soundcloud.

Gravitas Recordings has unleashed a massively diverse compilation, loaded up with dubs, remixes, and bass-laden original tracks. While there is a lot of variety, the album still flows together nicely. Highlights include: Wolf-e-Wolf’s remix of The Black Seeds’ “Strugglers,” which balances heavy bass-lines with the soulful vocals and horns; ZoiNoiZ’s “Green Dub” rides an especially thick rhythm section amidst echoes and reverb, while “Honey & Jam” explores the Middle East atop a sweet groove; “Hypnotic (Redubbed)” is an on-point effort per usual from Govinda, with funky meeting spacey on some exotic party island; beloved dubsters Dubsalon and DU3Normal are respectively featured on the epic dubxplorations of “Properly Rolled” and the funkily upbeat dub-robot jam “Midnight Skank.” Other nice tracks come courtesy of Sounduo and Dubbing Sun, before RUN DMT blasts off with a banging reggae-gone-drumstep remix of Cutty Rank’s “Limb By Limb.” Totally free download and a high level of production throughout:

Gravitas Recordings has unleashed a massively diverse compilation, loaded up with dubs, remixes, and bass-laden original tracks. While there is a lot of variety, the album still flows together nicely. Highlights include: Wolf-e-Wolf’s remix of The Black Seeds’ “Strugglers,” which balances heavy bass-lines with the soulful vocals and horns; ZoiNoiZ’s “Green Dub” rides an especially thick rhythm section amidst echoes and reverb, while “Honey & Jam” explores the Middle East atop a sweet groove; “Hypnotic (Redubbed)” is an on-point effort per usual from Govinda, with funky meeting spacey on some exotic party island;¬†beloved dubsters Dubsalon and DU3Normal are respectively featured on the epic dubxplorations of “Properly Rolled” and the funkily upbeat dub-robot jam “Midnight Skank.” Other nice tracks come courtesy of Sounduo and Dubbing Sun, before RUN DMT blasts off with a banging reggae-gone-drumstep remix of Cutty Rank’s “Limb By Limb.” Totally free download and a high level of production throughout: