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The clean and crisp productions, along with a mixture of analog and digital instrumentation, certainly do not belie the power of the melodica in the hands of Art-X; yes, Augustus Pablo is being channeled here - Toy Story, it is safe to assume, is more Jamaica than Pixar - with the talented soloist joined by a bevy of experienced underground dub producers, most notably Lab Frequency, Manu Digital, Ondubground, and Panda Dub. 
Opener “Balls & Speed” (feat. Roots Raid) has a hint of analog crackle before the tight drums and keys spill nicely into a soulful melodica hook, teased by sound effects. “Dub Woman” prioritizes a funky groove, with a wordless vocal sample kept short. The epic intro of “Pull It Up” paves the way for a reserved electro steppers tune from Dawa Hifi; “Musical Town” sounds like Mungo’s Hi Fi’s Ruff Mi Tuff Riddim except that the expected rough vocals are replaced by a smooth blow-organ melody. That’s the key here: Art-X is clearly cultivating a myriad of sounds, but by interweaving the standout melodica wisely, what could have easily been vintage nostalgia is instead comfortable yet inventive - 70s Jamaican vibes with 40 years of outernational influence. 
“Dub That” is a solid jam with Ondubground, echoes and reverb in all the right places; Panda Dub takes the controls on “Cotton” with similarly strong results. “Swimming Dub” brings thicker bass into the mix, a trend logically continued on “Heavy Blow” (feat. Hatman). Then “Inity” takes things to a deeper state of consciousness, with Miniman providing a sonic canvas worthy of the classic roots era. “Political War” is more upbeat steppers, with nary a pause, setting up the brassy closer “Radical Plan” by Brain Damage, which is heavy with some massive echo. A lot of standout tracks here, free download via Original Dub Gathering.
 
The clean and crisp productions, along with a mixture of analog and digital instrumentation, certainly do not belie the power of the melodica in the hands of Art-X; yes, Augustus Pablo is being channeled here - Toy Story, it is safe to assume, is more Jamaica than Pixar - with the talented soloist joined by a bevy of experienced underground dub producers, most notably Lab Frequency, Manu Digital, Ondubground, and Panda Dub.

 

Opener “Balls & Speed” (feat. Roots Raid) has a hint of analog crackle before the tight drums and keys spill nicely into a soulful melodica hook, teased by sound effects. “Dub Woman” prioritizes a funky groove, with a wordless vocal sample kept short. The epic intro of “Pull It Up” paves the way for a reserved electro steppers tune from Dawa Hifi; “Musical Town” sounds like Mungo’s Hi Fi’s Ruff Mi Tuff Riddim except that the expected rough vocals are replaced by a smooth blow-organ melody. That’s the key here: Art-X is clearly cultivating a myriad of sounds, but by interweaving the standout melodica wisely, what could have easily been vintage nostalgia is instead comfortable yet inventive - 70s Jamaican vibes with 40 years of outernational influence.

 

“Dub That” is a solid jam with Ondubground, echoes and reverb in all the right places; Panda Dub takes the controls on “Cotton” with similarly strong results. “Swimming Dub” brings thicker bass into the mix, a trend logically continued on “Heavy Blow” (feat. Hatman). Then “Inity” takes things to a deeper state of consciousness, with Miniman providing a sonic canvas worthy of the classic roots era. “Political War” is more upbeat steppers, with nary a pause, setting up the brassy closer “Radical Plan” by Brain Damage, which is heavy with some massive echo. A lot of standout tracks here, free download via Original Dub Gathering.

 

Representing Cyprus, the Incredible Dub Machine drops some deep heavy dubs. With three original tracks, and a live mix showcasing the best dubs from the island, this is the work of a versatile production and DJ duo . “Ain’t Got No Dub (Melodica Cut)” is a stand-out track: it starts out slow and haunting with a powerful melody while a slow steppers beat emerges beneath. “Traffic Universal” is chaotic and frantic, yet still dubbed-out, with an isolated beat emerging late in the song. The electro-steppers cut “Infected Man” pounds amidst swirls and samples; each song definitely has its own sound.
  
Here’s the live recording, appropriately called “The Rising of Cyprus Dub Live Mix:”

Representing Cyprus, the Incredible Dub Machine drops some deep heavy dubs. With three original tracks, and a live mix showcasing the best dubs from the island, this is the work of a versatile production and DJ duo . “Ain’t Got No Dub (Melodica Cut)” is a stand-out track: it starts out slow and haunting with a powerful melody while a slow steppers beat emerges beneath. “Traffic Universal” is chaotic and frantic, yet still dubbed-out, with an isolated beat emerging late in the song. The electro-steppers cut “Infected Man” pounds amidst swirls and samples; each song definitely has its own sound.

Here’s the live recording, appropriately called “The Rising of Cyprus Dub Live Mix:”

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: