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2000 Tons of TNT re-imagine the vintage on Reggae Mysteria. Funky upbeat instruments like the excellent title track and the following “Cougar Communion” are sharp and well-polished, the latter featuring some wicked keys. While certainly retro-inspired, this is an updated and varied take on the past as the garage-rock of “Shot In The Dark,” the slightly-Eastern funk of “Tiger Uppercut,” and the well-passed melody on “Rabo De Toro” all show. This is dirty garage rock with ample funk and early reggae influences, but great cuts like “Electric Pyramid” don’t deserve to be pinned down by genres. “Theme For Ambu” features some nice heavy drumming and another wicked keyboard solo, before “I’m Feeling Lonely” closes with its skanking guitar. This is a unique mix of musical styles, coming out of San Diego, CA, that is pushing the past forward in all the right ways. Hopefully their follow-up, expected in 2013, will continue the inspiring trend:
<a href=”http://2000tonsoftnt.bandcamp.com/album/reggae-mysteria” data-mce-href=”http://2000tonsoftnt.bandcamp.com/album/reggae-mysteria”>Reggae Mysteria by 2000 Tons of TNT</a>
01/01/13 UPDATE: Here’s two new tracks (currently available for free) as a new album preview:
<a href=”http://2000tonsoftnt.bandcamp.com/album/harvest-moon-wonky-digital-single” data-mce-href=”http://2000tonsoftnt.bandcamp.com/album/harvest-moon-wonky-digital-single”>Harvest Moon/Wonky Digital Single by 2000 Tons of TNT</a>

2000 Tons of TNT re-imagine the vintage on Reggae Mysteria. Funky upbeat instruments like the excellent title track and the following “Cougar Communion” are sharp and well-polished, the latter featuring some wicked keys. While certainly retro-inspired, this is an updated and varied take on the past as the garage-rock of “Shot In The Dark,” the slightly-Eastern funk of “Tiger Uppercut,” and the well-passed melody on “Rabo De Toro” all show. This is dirty garage rock with ample funk and early reggae influences, but great cuts like “Electric Pyramid” don’t deserve to be pinned down by genres. “Theme For Ambu” features some nice heavy drumming and another wicked keyboard solo, before “I’m Feeling Lonely” closes with its skanking guitar. This is a unique mix of musical styles, coming out of San Diego, CA, that is pushing the past forward in all the right ways. Hopefully their follow-up, expected in 2013, will continue the inspiring trend:

01/01/13 UPDATE: Here’s two new tracks (currently available for free) as a new album preview:

earlyW~Rm takes dub from its origins to the digital era and then back again.  Either new dub made old, or old dub renewed, this is laptop-production with an analog mindset.  Deep bass, cut melodies, and rampant echo effects add up to something glorious, as both his latest set HiFi Hustlin’ and its predecessor Natty Droid reflect.  ”Orbit The Lion” is riotously heavy, “Do The Worm” is nice and skankin’, “The Nile Dread” summons the spirit of Augustus Pablo without being derivative, “Crawling From The Dirt” could serve as earlyW~Rm’s mission statement, and “Mary’s Dirty Dub Farm” is where dub-children the world over go to play.  Impressive stuff, both for the aesthetic and the delivery:

earlyW~Rm takes dub from its origins to the digital era and then back again.  Either new dub made old, or old dub renewed, this is laptop-production with an analog mindset.  Deep bass, cut melodies, and rampant echo effects add up to something glorious, as both his latest set HiFi Hustlin’ and its predecessor Natty Droid reflect.  ”Orbit The Lion” is riotously heavy, “Do The Worm” is nice and skankin’, “The Nile Dread” summons the spirit of Augustus Pablo without being derivative, “Crawling From The Dirt” could serve as earlyW~Rm’s mission statement, and “Mary’s Dirty Dub Farm” is where dub-children the world over go to play.  Impressive stuff, both for the aesthetic and the delivery:

DU3normal’s Plug EP presents stylish classic-inspired dub, but just like his name there’s more than there appears to these smoothly-layered productions.  The drums rumble in, the synths emerge from the haze, and melodicas dance atop the beat, resulting in that perfect synthesis of heavy and light.  The pitch and echo effects of “morning again” show excellent use of space, while “you make me feel” steadily plods forward through the dubscape.  The sparsest track here is “night train,” meaning that opener “riding” is the most optimistic with its upbeat melody and higher bpm.  The Early Grey EP is equally solid and deserving of your time, particularly “shadow stepper,” as DU3normal has clearly mastered his craft.  King Tubby would undoubtedly be proud:

DU3normal’s Plug EP presents stylish classic-inspired dub, but just like his name there’s more than there appears to these smoothly-layered productions.  The drums rumble in, the synths emerge from the haze, and melodicas dance atop the beat, resulting in that perfect synthesis of heavy and light.  The pitch and echo effects of “morning again” show excellent use of space, while “you make me feel” steadily plods forward through the dubscape.  The sparsest track here is “night train,” meaning that opener “riding” is the most optimistic with its upbeat melody and higher bpm.  The Early Grey EP is equally solid and deserving of your time, particularly “shadow stepper,” as DU3normal has clearly mastered his craft.  King Tubby would undoubtedly be proud: