Elephant Bass Vol. 2 is pure modern dub. It’s also consistently deep and heavy, with each producer bringing together different influences to emphasize the diversity within the genre. Dubsalon starts things off with “Entangled,” which ambles slowly through a metaphoric dub forest, led by a grooving bass-line. Dr. Dubious - presumably pronounced with an “uh” rather than an “oo” - lets a long intro build up into a teasing melody. For a moment is seems A Man Called PJ follows the same formula, but “Planet Dub AD” is clearly influenced by electro-dub, with thicker bass and choice synths. Sin’s “Ganesh Riddim” is appropriately subcontinental, a slow stepper that simmers atop tablas. Mexican Stepper gets remixed by Ncomfortable, resulting in a deep dark track - what “City of Gods” is this? Phoniandflore hint that some effects might be involved, and “Reverb Addict” fulfills that promise, as the upbeat low-end pounds atop a swirl of sound. U.stone’s “Rocker Dub” - which begins with a vocal sample “what you hear on the radio is terrible” before letting the bass drop - allows Dziga, the compiler behind Elephant Bass, to demonstrate his vision of future past music. Compared to the heavy electro sounds and thick bass throughout, “Dub Riddim” begins quite funkily as Recyclesound lets a guitar hook build before… yes, proper heaviness ensues. That’s the theme throughout this compilation: regardless of samples and sounds, there is an elephant in the room, and it loves bass.
And what about Vol. 1 you ask? Fair enough! With strong steppers tracks from Du3normal featuring Sensi T, Injham, No Finger Nails, and more, it’s also well-worth a proper listen. Opener “Can’t Wait” from Maïs features a lovely melodica, while Yayoland turns in an epic dubxploration and Dub.versif reimagines a classic sound with some updated bass. Both volumes are free downloads, so full immersion should be imminent.
EDIT: Here is ELEPHANT BASS, direct from Dziga himself, which has built-in streams and also direct download links!