Category Archives: Dub

Dub Highway – Roots Zombie is back

Summer is gone finally, so the Dub Producers from Rootz Zombie found time to release a new album via Culture Dub Records and their own bandcamp simultanously. This one is more in the vein of their 2018 first collaborative release “Sounds From The House”, again with wonderful artwork from Legras Fist, a blend of harmonies and grooves enriched with prominent vocalists Sammy Gold, Thomas Anton (from Travelerz), Mista B, Little R and Bobby Surround.

While the download is free you can support the artists and label directly through a pay what you want option @ bandcamp and find more music in both cases, of course it’s just a tip of an iceberg but a good starting point into the current french dub scene as it can be.
Roots Zombie from Bordeaux are a great example because they’re not to strict stylistic and explore Bass Music, Hip Hop, House whatever makes them fancy but thankfully not all at once which makes it a pleasure to listen to.

SP 030 & SP 031 – OhmikRon EP & full Album!

Urbanik Resonance EP

I am very proud about the two recent releases by Hungarian Dub Master Kálmán Nemeth published lately. The EP tracks where recorded early this Spring and released with extraordinary artwork by TapeAir from Budapest. The new album – his first since the excellent Eleven from early 2020 collects recordings from 2021 to late 2022 – made in isolation and compiled thematically coherent.

Pandemic Dub

I rediscovered my love for dub techno (which started with some of the first basic channel 12″s I bought when in Berlin during the early 1990’s) while working from home. It helped to keep me focused, most tracks aren’t too short so if fits in easily with the patient needed sometimes and besides there is a steady but not too dominant groove involved. I know this is not the real point here but it’s easy to enjoy the wordless space created here while being busy with whatever.
OhmikRon was one of dozens artists I discovered via bandcamp and soundcloud and he moves never too much into ambient ambiguity and this makes discovering his releases (and DJ Mixes) a pleasure.

Both releases are Digital Only.

Free Agent : Eric Random

Eric Ramsden from Manchester was one of a handful of early electronic post punk pioneers, unique and uncompromising not completely unlike Robert Rental, Fad Gadget, . He was involved with early Factory acts, the New Hormones label, Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley as The Tiller Boys and maybe best documented with Cabaret Voltaire (as guest musician on record, as opening act on tour and fully absorbed on the Pressure Company live LP). From solo output up to putting a band together (The Bedlamites) and getting recruited for the then Manchester based femme fatale junkie legend Nico as tourband member – with additional stints in the Suns Of Arqua, Psychic TV and the Durutti Column.
This short bio shows a lot unknown facts, thankfully supported by the man himself about his whereabouts and his surprising return to electronic music starting with ‘Man Dog’ in 2014 on Klanggalerie after a 18 years hiatus and continuing until the present day. Find his latest Album ‘No-Gohere as CD and DL and a live recording from 2019 promoting the ‘Wire Me Up‘ 2*12″ on soundcloud.

An incredible find, many, many thanks to Hugo Ball.

Secret Mix : Mark Stewart flips the script

Mark Stewart on the mix:

‘Pull up! This is the new style.
Flip the script.
This one’s for the inmates.
The process, the process, the process church of the final judgement.
Like my life these tunes are crunked, chopped & screwed.
A deep listening reflection on this processed world we live in.
No sleep till Bristol.
As Prince Jazzbo said ‘one step forward, two step backward.’
Let the drums of defiance ring across this land.’

Not brand new but nonetheless worth listening. For tracklist and dl see secret thirteen, always worth a visit.

Learning To Cope With Cowardice + Lost Tapes

So with a deep look back in time (36 years now) here is an exciting Reissue I’ve been looking forward to since I read about it. Not just another Collection of b-sides and new mixes but a whole Compilation of unreleased outtakes is included now with the Maffia debut album before the classic Wimbish / McDonald / LeBlanc trio aided Mark Stewart.
See a newly made Video for “Liberty City” here.
The regularly over-used term ‘groundbreaking’ is finally used for once justified on this album which was/is a mutant melting of dub, industrial, anarcho free-style attitude with a singer who could sing but choose not to and lyrics which where not pretentious but worthy to chew upon years after years.

The original version of “The Paranoia Of Power”:

(from “The Lost Tapes” Compilation)

>> Mark Stewart himself perceives The Lost Tapes as a document that now possesses a storied significance: “It was a real adventure discovering this forbidden history, a twisted tale of Muswell hillbillies, French pirates and a Dutch schizophrenic doctor doing psychic archaeology.” Whilst Adrian Sherwood describes these works as characteristic of a distinct primitivism: “[The Lost Tapes represent] the early childhood of the songs before Mark and me conducted frenzied, scorched earth, slash-and-burn, twenty-hour mental, manic editing sessions at Crass’ studios that led to birthing the finished album.” << Info from Mute.com

There is also an Vinyl 2LP Edition, in black or clear with DL Code available directly via mutebank . Digitally the lost tapes are also available on it’s own via iTunes or Amazon.

Ornithology

After some promising teasers at soundcloud by Cousin Silas, a gifted guitarist and musician from Huddersfield the full album of his collaboration with Glove Of Bones is now available for free at Bristol’s digital dizzy Netlabel. Some more info and the possibility to obtain a limited hardcopy can be found easily per the Glove Of Bones home.

Glove Of Bones

Which is actually how I found about these as there are more interesting publications by A4+ of Glove Of Bones heading into the ambient / experimental / electronica and non-electronica field with a very own and original approach to enjoy either as “name your price” digital release or as physical well crafted, handmade and obviously limited art editions.

Style Scott R.I.P.

style scott

Recently and suddenly gone is the semi-legendary Dub Syndicate mainforce & long-time On-U Collaborator Style Scott. October 11th the news reached me that these gentle percussive force which actually played on 41 releases I own and 27 I want (according to discogs stats) among countless others died.

Lincoln “Style” Scott 1955 – 2014 by Freak Ass E on Mixcloud

Style Scott was maybe best know for playing with The Dub Syndicate but he was also an integral part of nearly all early On-U Bands and projects i.e. Creation Rebel, Singers & Players, New Age Steppers and Playgroup and worked with nearly everyone centred around Adrian Sherwood’s Label one way or another in a supportive and non-egocentric way which shows due to the only Album actually featuring his name upfront is a collaborative one with Bill Laswell from 1997. Needless to say I gave it another spin while realizing what a untimely loss his death means.

dub meltdown
songs of praise
threat to creation 1981
emotional hool
epic 2