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Blog fav Robot Orchestra returns triumphantly with another solidly impressive beat tape, as well as plenty of other goodies to keep your eyes and ears satisfied. Boom Blap is full of thick hiphopstrumentals, as well as some choice remixes. Openers “Bring The Noise,” “First Love,” and “Robot Invazion (Another Episode)” all let the crunching drums take the lead, the last of which represents the artist’s nom de production the best. “JAZz+jazZ=JAzZ?” is predictably mellow with some near-digital horns; “Keep On” glides while “Follow The Sun” surrenders to a clap; “Spooky Spirals (feat. RAmusiG)” is another slow-and-heavy banger. Many tracks feature a well-sampled intro, with Robot Orchestra flexing his range on the psychedelically-minded “Lysergide” into the robot creationism of “Damaged DemiGod 300” into the swirling radio waves of “Live Broadcast.” As for the remixes, Talib Kweli’s “Classic” is sweet and soulful, Guilty Simpson and Elzhi’s “Real Heavy” stays sparse beneath the hazy vocals, and J Dilla and Phat Kat’s “Game Over” is vintage Detroit by way of Cologne. Closer “A Tribute to the King (feat. Loop.Holes)” is an ode to a legend, pure boom-bap while the vocals bite tight.

Goodies? Yes, a three-pack of MF Doom remixes, the background music to three dope b-boy videos, and a choice beat:
     


**Also check out previous reviews of Amplified EP and Beat The Odds**

Blog fav Robot Orchestra returns triumphantly with another solidly impressive beat tape, as well as plenty of other goodies to keep your eyes and ears satisfied. Boom Blap is full of thick hiphopstrumentals, as well as some choice remixes. Openers “Bring The Noise,” “First Love,” and “Robot Invazion (Another Episode)” all let the crunching drums take the lead, the last of which represents the artist’s nom de production the best. “JAZz+jazZ=JAzZ?” is predictably mellow with some near-digital horns; “Keep On” glides while “Follow The Sun” surrenders to a clap; “Spooky Spirals (feat. RAmusiG)” is another slow-and-heavy banger. Many tracks feature a well-sampled intro, with Robot Orchestra flexing his range on the psychedelically-minded “Lysergide” into the robot creationism of “Damaged DemiGod 300” into the swirling radio waves of “Live Broadcast.” As for the remixes, Talib Kweli’s “Classic” is sweet and soulful, Guilty Simpson and Elzhi’s “Real Heavy” stays sparse beneath the hazy vocals, and J Dilla and Phat Kat’s “Game Over” is vintage Detroit by way of Cologne. Closer “A Tribute to the King (feat. Loop.Holes)” is an ode to a legend, pure boom-bap while the vocals bite tight.

Goodies? Yes, a three-pack of MF Doom remixes, the background music to three dope b-boy videos, and a choice beat:

**Also check out previous reviews of Amplified EP and Beat The Odds**

Interweaving old with new, Dub-I mixes thick funky baselines with a sea of sounds and effects on Creation. In opening, “Black and Beat” sums up the artist’s mission with a well-chosen vocal sample: “strictly roots and culture vibes … in a different style and pattern.”
Balancing heavy and light, tracks like “First Dub” and “BC Dub” venture out into space before being reigned in by a heavy groove. “Satta Dub” allows synths and digital blips to dominate the soundscape, with drums and bass merely holding the rhythm together. “Revolution” bows to the dominating low-end, yet still allows echoing drums and a dub siren to enter the bass haze. These are not epic sprawling dubs, all clocking in at four minutes or less, yet neither are they simple beat experiments. Even the bonus tunes are full of teasing layers: “Weed War” journeys to a galaxy far, far away; “2409” is a blaxploitation sample away from being pimp-dub; while closer “Plantation” is a cleanly produced digital dub dirge from Dub-I + 25parsec = Fire Salad.
This is the first release from a new netlabel, Dubophonic, based in Cyprus and focusing on the whole of the dub spectrum - definitely a strong start.
<a href=”http://dubophonic.bandcamp.com/album/creation” data-mce-href=”http://dubophonic.bandcamp.com/album/creation”>Creation by Dub-I</a>

Interweaving old with new, Dub-I mixes thick funky baselines with a sea of sounds and effects on Creation. In opening, “Black and Beat” sums up the artist’s mission with a well-chosen vocal sample: “strictly roots and culture vibes … in a different style and pattern.”

Balancing heavy and light, tracks like “First Dub” and “BC Dub” venture out into space before being reigned in by a heavy groove. “Satta Dub” allows synths and digital blips to dominate the soundscape, with drums and bass merely holding the rhythm together. “Revolution” bows to the dominating low-end, yet still allows echoing drums and a dub siren to enter the bass haze. These are not epic sprawling dubs, all clocking in at four minutes or less, yet neither are they simple beat experiments. Even the bonus tunes are full of teasing layers: “Weed War” journeys to a galaxy far, far away; “2409” is a blaxploitation sample away from being pimp-dub; while closer “Plantation” is a cleanly produced digital dub dirge from Dub-I + 25parsec = Fire Salad.

This is the first release from a new netlabel, Dubophonic, based in Cyprus and focusing on the whole of the dub spectrum - definitely a strong start.

Dub Caravan and Hornsman Coyote unite forces for an inspiring dub journey. “Tribute to the Fathers,” with its skanking guitar and brooding trombone, makes Breath of Peace instantly captivating. The well-produced tunes continue from there: “Natty On Board” is mellow yet uplifting, while “Innocent Blood” and the matching instrumental is also solid. “Burning In The City” has a nicely layered and funky groove; “Make I Win,” the second vocal track, is catchy, with the right blend of roots tradition and innovation, while the Version lets the horns shine. Other standouts include “Air Raid,” which has the air of a spy film, “Spanish Town,” which mixes Latin horns and strong percussion, and “Egypt,” which is heavy in all the right heady ways. “Trail of Tears” and “Machine World,” the final two tracks, add Native American influences and crunched guitars, respectively, to lead this adventure to its close. This album is loaded up with impressive tunes - and while the groove is clearly and rightfully a priority, the quality of musicianship and attention to detail rewards multiple listens of these lush dubscapes.
<a href=”http://dubcaravan.bandcamp.com/album/breath-of-peace-2” data-mce-href=”http://dubcaravan.bandcamp.com/album/breath-of-peace-2”>Breath of Peace by Dub Caravan, Hornsman Coyote</a>

Dub Caravan and Hornsman Coyote unite forces for an inspiring dub journey. “Tribute to the Fathers,” with its skanking guitar and brooding trombone, makes Breath of Peace instantly captivating. The well-produced tunes continue from there: “Natty On Board” is mellow yet uplifting, while “Innocent Blood” and the matching instrumental is also solid. “Burning In The City” has a nicely layered and funky groove; “Make I Win,” the second vocal track, is catchy, with the right blend of roots tradition and innovation, while the Version lets the horns shine. Other standouts include “Air Raid,” which has the air of a spy film, “Spanish Town,” which mixes Latin horns and strong percussion, and “Egypt,” which is heavy in all the right heady ways. “Trail of Tears” and “Machine World,” the final two tracks, add Native American influences and crunched guitars, respectively, to lead this adventure to its close. This album is loaded up with impressive tunes - and while the groove is clearly and rightfully a priority, the quality of musicianship and attention to detail rewards multiple listens of these lush dubscapes.