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Fresh Poulp’s dub-devotional Dub Tentacles series returns with Vol. 5; with a slight nod to roots, this is still cutting-edge dub even as melodies echo and the bass reverberates. Burnett Town Sound start things off right, as “What Didn’t” lets the melodica lead amidst a hazed-out funky groove, all fading away to an analog crackle. Du3normal takes a different approach on “Dirt:” sleek and modern, with a firm steppers beat leading the clean digital synths. This balance between eras continues throughout the compilation; Unidub Estacion (feat. Dan-I) sound simultaneously old and new on “Inna Dubplate Styla,” while Serious Dub and Submarine FM lean forward on “Boomstep” and “McEddie’s House” - inspired by future machines and Medieval chants, respectively. Dub Grammar’s titular vocal sample caves into a deep riddim on “Valiant Thor;” “Love Jah” brings an emotional air of the Orient to its outernational Jamaican vibes as Sista Aude’s unifying lyrics nestle nicely upon MatDTSound & Woody Vibes’ laid-back steppers riddim. Awen’s instrumental solo effort, “Pyramid,” is equally ancient in initial inspiration, like a Sinai sunrise before a minimalist electro dub takeover; closing collaborative cut with Fresh Poulp Souk System builds on that approach to create an epic sprawl of sounds with a heavier dubstep influence paired with melodic vocals. In between, Radadub steps - and echoes - heavily on “Muzically Fire” and the sounds of the Middle East are channeled into “Amsterdamned Dub” by Dub Sounder. For fans of the deeper darker electro dub sound, who still want organic vibes in an increasingly digital world, this is a worthy global effort.

 

NagualX pushes dub forward into the realm of jazz, while keeping a strong focus on heavy riddims and basslines. With several strong tracks, including the recently released and fittingly-titled “Be Strong,” alongside a live party dub and two “Illegal Dubplates” mixes, there is a lot of fresh interesting music available from this artist. Hailing from France, NagualX captures the vibrancy of the country’s strong dub/reggae movement but wisely avoids predictable trappings of the genre and instead has forged a very unique sound, perhaps most comparable to some of the jazzier cuts from Attack Released. Well worth the listen:

NagualX pushes dub forward into the realm of jazz, while keeping a strong focus on heavy riddims and basslines. With several strong tracks, including the recently released and fittingly-titled “Be Strong,” alongside a live party dub and two “Illegal Dubplates” mixes, there is a lot of fresh interesting music available from this artist. Hailing from France, NagualX captures the vibrancy of the country’s strong dub/reggae movement but wisely avoids predictable trappings of the genre and instead has forged a very unique sound, perhaps most comparable to some of the jazzier cuts from Attack Released. Well worth the listen:

Dub Breakah thankfully hasn’t literally done that to dub music, instead producing a slew of strong riddims as well as some fierce tracks. The “Beast Riddim” is definitely my favorite: the skanking guitar intro leads to a nice and heavy track, which as “Babylonbuster (Dub Breakah Remix), is pushed towards anthem status with the ruff vocal reminiscent of Buju Banton. “Roots Riddim,” the most recent production, features some smooth horns and a mellow breakdown. “Tribulations” is another great track, some true reggae dub that sounds hazy in all the right ways while vocal samples echo occasionally alongside a relentless beat. “Jah Freedom Riddim” is another solid effort, and there’s more glorious reggae dub tracks available up on Soundcloud.

Dub Breakah thankfully hasn’t literally done that to dub music, instead producing a slew of strong riddims as well as some fierce tracks. The “Beast Riddim” is definitely my favorite: the skanking guitar intro leads to a nice and heavy track, which as “Babylonbuster (Dub Breakah Remix), is pushed towards anthem status with the ruff vocal reminiscent of Buju Banton. “Roots Riddim,” the most recent production, features some smooth horns and a mellow breakdown. “Tribulations” is another great track, some true reggae dub that sounds hazy in all the right ways while vocal samples echo occasionally alongside a relentless beat. “Jah Freedom Riddim” is another solid effort, and there’s more glorious reggae dub tracks available up on Soundcloud.