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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:

Kabanjak & Fat Albert Einstein have combined forces on a potent new melodica dub EP, Dub O’ Dup. With heavy bass rumbles, haunting melody lines, and piles of echo and reverb, the spirit of Augustus Pablo has been given due respect by these talented multi-instrumentalists. The organic sounds emerge beautifully on heady dubs like “Southern Hemi,” which slowly skanks alongside a gliding solo. The Ancient Astronauts - recently-reviewed! - remix of “Rail To Rail” (free to download) is warm and funky with a smooth horn-line, while “Shame Is A Lonely Word” feels like a dub dirge. “As Above” sounds timeless, hazy in all the right ways, but what’s personally most exciting is the remix contest the artists are running. There’s a great chilled-out remix out of “Dub O’ Dup,” called The Groove Thief Dreams Of Dub Mix, so you can probably understand my particular bias towards it:
<a href=”http://switchstancerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/dub-o-dup-ep” data-mce-href=”http://switchstancerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/dub-o-dup-ep”>Dub O’ Dup EP by Kabanjak & Fat Albert Einstein</a>

Kabanjak & Fat Albert Einstein have combined forces on a potent new melodica dub EP, Dub O’ Dup. With heavy bass rumbles, haunting melody lines, and piles of echo and reverb, the spirit of Augustus Pablo has been given due respect by these talented multi-instrumentalists. The organic sounds emerge beautifully on heady dubs like “Southern Hemi,” which slowly skanks alongside a gliding solo. The Ancient Astronauts - recently-reviewed! - remix of “Rail To Rail” (free to download) is warm and funky with a smooth horn-line, while “Shame Is A Lonely Word” feels like a dub dirge. “As Above” sounds timeless, hazy in all the right ways, but what’s personally most exciting is the remix contest the artists are running. There’s a great chilled-out remix out of “Dub O’ Dup,” called The Groove Thief Dreams Of Dub Mix, so you can probably understand my particular bias towards it: