DuBioLin JaM creates innovative unique dub music. The genre itself began as a creative musical exploration into the components and pieces of reggae music, using analog equipment to break music down and build it back up again into a new creation. The European violinist takes choice dub riddims, including a recent collaboration with DU3normal (please read my recent Plug EP review), and adds echo-laden Gypsy-styled electric violin atop the dark and heavy beats. The juxtaposition of sounds is dynamic, haunting in ways that dub alone cannot be, proving that the melodica is not the only eclectic melody source that works within the dub framework. This is some really interesting musical fusion, Dry and Heavy’s “Radical Organ” is a particular gem, and all nine tracks up on Soundcloud so far are well-crafted:
Asher Roth has a new video out from his impressive mixtape Pabst & Jazz, “Dope Shit.” Child/work-friendly title aside, this is a mish-mash of jazz and hip-hop focusing on the need for rappers to make both underground and commercial music in order to be viable on both levels. A fun video, cruising in a car and playing with a band in the street amidst pop culture references, and with Asher now on Def Jam it’s going to be interesting to see where he goes from here with his sophomore album coming out next month.
The Groove Thief presents… The Funky Reggae Dub Jam was my first proper eclectic/jambrew DJ mix. Originating from some live gigs in Iowa, this criss-crosses the obvious genres plus some indie-rock, afrobeat, and hip-hop as well. This has been up on Soundcloud for a while now, but I’m in the process of consolidating everything on Mixcloud: