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