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Melding genres at will, Riddim Fernandez’ Dubbing Out EP is an engaging exploration of the vast musical influence that the dub tradition still maintains. “Bad Man Sound” crosses reggae vocals with a mutated house beat and breakdown, before mixing in hiphop effects and dancehall vibes to create a catchy and creative aural stew. Initially “Dub Fresh N Dub Clean” is more focused on the current electro steppers sound, as shown by its heavy 4/4 beat, tribal drums, and echoes, yet then the tune builds into slowed-down near-breakbeat, with hints of drum-and-bass and featuring an Outkast-inspired vocal sample that expands into a full verse.
 
The mixtures continue, as “Game Of Chess” takes a ragga vocal loop and places it atop some heavy future techno; then “No More” teases a ‘love-scorned’ rocksteady vibe into suitably lighter dubstep territory. “Early Morning Missions” sounds more sprawling than it is, like a slow cruise through an urban soundscape, with some slightly sexy sax flowing out a lush groove. Tightly produced, with styles aplenty, this is an intriguing and ultimately unique demonstration of how yesterday’s dub has led to today’s bass.
 

 
Available digitally via JunoDownload, though it’s also well worth cruising through Riddim Fernandez’s Soundcloud…
 

 
Melding genres at will, Riddim Fernandez’ Dubbing Out EP is an engaging exploration of the vast musical influence that the dub tradition still maintains. “Bad Man Sound” crosses reggae vocals with a mutated house beat and breakdown, before mixing in hiphop effects and dancehall vibes to create a catchy and creative aural stew. Initially “Dub Fresh N Dub Clean” is more focused on the current electro steppers sound, as shown by its heavy 4/4 beat, tribal drums, and echoes, yet then the tune builds into slowed-down near-breakbeat, with hints of drum-and-bass and featuring an Outkast-inspired vocal sample that expands into a full verse.

 

The mixtures continue, as “Game Of Chess” takes a ragga vocal loop and places it atop some heavy future techno; then “No More” teases a ‘love-scorned’ rocksteady vibe into suitably lighter dubstep territory. “Early Morning Missions” sounds more sprawling than it is, like a slow cruise through an urban soundscape, with some slightly sexy sax flowing out a lush groove. Tightly produced, with styles aplenty, this is an intriguing and ultimately unique demonstration of how yesterday’s dub has led to today’s bass.

 

 

Available digitally via JunoDownload, though it’s also well worth cruising through Riddim Fernandez’s Soundcloud

 

 

Crisp and confident, Robot Orchestra’s Amplified EP is full-on boom-bap. Mostly intrumental, these are well-polished productions made primarily from chopped, looped, and manipulated 60s & 70s guitar samples. “Malfunction” ought to have been spelled with a ‘k,’ while “Sunday At The Park” is suited for head-nodders in all locales. The rock comes through on “Studderstep (Interlude),” short and fierce, which pairs nicely with the lushness of predecessor “Beauty and the Beat.” “The Joke’s On You” is heavy and brooding, awaiting an action flick to be paired with. Wrapping up the EP are two Robot Orchestra productions  with Rob Regis feat. Akbar and M.A.R.S. on the mic respectively, putting the beats to good use. Free download:
<a href=”http://robot-orchestra.bandcamp.com/album/amplified-ep” data-mce-href=”http://robot-orchestra.bandcamp.com/album/amplified-ep”>Amplified EP by Robot Orchestra</a>
If you enjoy this EP, check out my review of Robot Orchestra’s previous release Beat The Odds.

Crisp and confident, Robot Orchestra’s Amplified EP is full-on boom-bap. Mostly intrumental, these are well-polished productions made primarily from chopped, looped, and manipulated 60s & 70s guitar samples. “Malfunction” ought to have been spelled with a ‘k,’ while “Sunday At The Park” is suited for head-nodders in all locales. The rock comes through on “Studderstep (Interlude),” short and fierce, which pairs nicely with the lushness of predecessor “Beauty and the Beat.” “The Joke’s On You” is heavy and brooding, awaiting an action flick to be paired with. Wrapping up the EP are two Robot Orchestra productions  with Rob Regis feat. Akbar and M.A.R.S. on the mic respectively, putting the beats to good use. Free download:

If you enjoy this EP, check out my review of Robot Orchestra’s previous release Beat The Odds.

Dubmonger, a fellow purveyor, is showcasing his Dub Of The Living Dead EP. “Amalgam” starts the set off ominously, dark and atmospheric dub at its thickest. “Mountain Dub” is heavy and haunting; “Crumble” will surely inspire some dub aficionados to do some crumbling themselves, with its hazy echoes and teasing melodica. “9000 Year Lease” is representative of the latter half: slower and darker dub for the end of the world, a journey through apocalyptic depths of Romero-esque proportions. Put on your dub-goggles, and enjoy the freebie “Twenty Paces Dub" while you do:

Dubmonger, a fellow purveyor, is showcasing his Dub Of The Living Dead EP. “Amalgam” starts the set off ominously, dark and atmospheric dub at its thickest. “Mountain Dub” is heavy and haunting; “Crumble” will surely inspire some dub aficionados to do some crumbling themselves, with its hazy echoes and teasing melodica. “9000 Year Lease” is representative of the latter half: slower and darker dub for the end of the world, a journey through apocalyptic depths of Romero-esque proportions. Put on your dub-goggles, and enjoy the freebie “Twenty Paces Dub" while you do: