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Jstar is releasing a cleverly-titled compilation of his bass-laden remixes and dubs later this month on vinyl. Already streamable, these are some heavy tunes covering a wide spectrum of low-end theories. Remixes: from the dubbed-out hip-hop of Dj Vadim’s “Watch That Sound” (feat. Emo) to the horn-laden reggae-hop of “Ya Ya” from The Empty Heads feat. MC Sirreal to the mellow smoker vibes of “Ten Feet Tall” by Mr Dero / Farina Miss. Jstar takes Madness into late-night dubby-electro, Dub Terminator feat. Ras Stone into bad man territory on “Bad Mind,” and - the definite standout - Capitol 1212 feat. “Oh me, oh my this is Tenor Fly” into the land of mystical grooves, complete with an epic vocal-led break. The instrumentals aren’t exactly slouching, The Unlimiters’ “Loophole” ventures into psychedelia yet mantains a dub aesthetic, ”Fish Finger Tentacle Dub” builds up to some glitchy grooves while “Regulate Rock (Jstar Dub)” ends the album on a super funky note that feels restrained at four-and-a-half minutes. Jstar is at a crucial crossroads of dub, reggae, and bass, where a myriad of influences can be blended together to still produce a cohesive track, and here, a surprisingly cohesive album:
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Jstar is releasing a cleverly-titled compilation of his bass-laden remixes and dubs later this month on vinyl. Already streamable, these are some heavy tunes covering a wide spectrum of low-end theories. Remixes: from the dubbed-out hip-hop of Dj Vadim’s “Watch That Sound” (feat. Emo) to the horn-laden reggae-hop of “Ya Ya” from The Empty Heads feat. MC Sirreal to the mellow smoker vibes of “Ten Feet Tall” by Mr Dero / Farina Miss. Jstar takes Madness into late-night dubby-electro, Dub Terminator feat. Ras Stone into bad man territory on “Bad Mind,” and - the definite standout - Capitol 1212 feat. “Oh me, oh my this is Tenor Fly” into the land of mystical grooves, complete with an epic vocal-led break. The instrumentals aren’t exactly slouching, The Unlimiters’ “Loophole” ventures into psychedelia yet mantains a dub aesthetic, ”Fish Finger Tentacle Dub” builds up to some glitchy grooves while “Regulate Rock (Jstar Dub)” ends the album on a super funky note that feels restrained at four-and-a-half minutes. Jstar is at a crucial crossroads of dub, reggae, and bass, where a myriad of influences can be blended together to still produce a cohesive track, and here, a surprisingly cohesive album:

Jstar, perhaps the dancehall’s most eclectically-influenced remixer, reaches far afield on his latest project, embracing the gypsy-funk of “Balkan Reggae” by Mahala Rai Banda. These are next level beats, simultaneously haunting and upbeat. A few more recent collabs are worth checking out as well, including a remix of Reggae Rajahs’ Johnny Osbourne dubplate “Buddy Bye” and the mashup hip-hoppery of “Marijuana Situation.”

Jstar, perhaps the dancehall’s most eclectically-influenced remixer, reaches far afield on his latest project, embracing the gypsy-funk of “Balkan Reggae” by Mahala Rai Banda. These are next level beats, simultaneously haunting and upbeat. A few more recent collabs are worth checking out as well, including a remix of Reggae Rajahs’ Johnny Osbourne dubplate “Buddy Bye” and the mashup hip-hoppery of “Marijuana Situation.”

Free Dubs: Return is my latest DJ mix, created while traveling between Denver and Hong Kong and consisting of exclusively free and downloadable music. Intended to showcase talented artists giving away their dubs, this features a selection of tracks that is much funkier than the first installment. Full of upbeat productions made with a dub aesthetic; heavy bass-lines and entrancing rhythms abound.
Special thanks go to the creators for sharing their work, to Narita Airport for not only having free wi-fi but also wall plugs, and to my ever-supportive wife for graciously encouraging me to take a two-week holiday with friends and family that also enabled me to construct this mix.
Crafted, assembled, and edited using Ableton Live on a MacBook Pro.
DOWNLOAD = http://bit.ly/NIuUaO


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TRACKLISTING:
1. Ancient Astronauts - Anti Pop Song (Timewarp Inc Remix)
2. Jstar - One Life (Instrumental)
3. Rootical V. - Bush Herb Dub
4. 7FT Soundsystem Meets Fletcher - Monday Dub
5. Young Seph - Horace Dub
6. Dubmatix - Dread Reckoning Dub
7. Negritage! - Dubbing Into Thd Wild Pre
8. See-I - Talking About Peace (Ancient Astronauts Remix)

Free Dubs: Return is my latest DJ mix, created while traveling between Denver and Hong Kong and consisting of exclusively free and downloadable music. Intended to showcase talented artists giving away their dubs, this features a selection of tracks that is much funkier than the first installment. Full of upbeat productions made with a dub aesthetic; heavy bass-lines and entrancing rhythms abound.

Special thanks go to the creators for sharing their work, to Narita Airport for not only having free wi-fi but also wall plugs, and to my ever-supportive wife for graciously encouraging me to take a two-week holiday with friends and family that also enabled me to construct this mix.

Crafted, assembled, and edited using Ableton Live on a MacBook Pro.

DOWNLOAD = http://bit.ly/NIuUaO

OR:

TRACKLISTING:

1. Ancient Astronauts - Anti Pop Song (Timewarp Inc Remix)

2. Jstar - One Life (Instrumental)

3. Rootical V. - Bush Herb Dub

4. 7FT Soundsystem Meets Fletcher - Monday Dub

5. Young Seph - Horace Dub

6. Dubmatix - Dread Reckoning Dub

7. Negritage! - Dubbing Into Thd Wild Pre

8. See-I - Talking About Peace (Ancient Astronauts Remix)