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.