July 2012 - The fourth installment of
the Italian DUB Community (IDC) Showcase
series takes the musical vibe to another
level, incorporating several elements of
Dubstep and other Dub-derived styles. A
well-appreciloved combination of (DUB) Roots
and Electronica that contains some very
interesting and recommended material for the
Worldwide and Online DUB Massive.
ways, Chapter 4 goes into a different
direction compared to the previous three.
There is less of the straight-up steppers
riddims, and more electronica in the mixes.
The result is a surprising excursion into
the current digital technologies of which
DUB certainly stood at the root. The IDC
surely shows Roots and Culture to the
contemporary DUB scene, in the broadest
sense of the word DUB.
mentioning Jambassa's "Declaration of
Indipendence": chilling out in a style
that in part hints towards the vibes in Mad
Professor's works with Massive Attack. This
is one of the titles on the album that could
be played by DJ's in just about any
electronic set. Another interesting track
worth to mention in this context is the
contribution by The Imperial Sound Army: A
very interesting and intelligent mix of DUB
and Dubstep heartically voiced by singer
Less of the
straight-up steppers riddims doesn't mean
the album is void of them. Quite the
contrary: take the massive, heartical Vocal
and DUB by Moa Anbessa for example.
"Education" is one of these tunes
that will be played on many sounds and
broadcasts for years to come.
DUB Cluster comes with a heavyweight,
up-tempo electronic steppers called "Movin'".
Can't ignore this one either, if only for
the militancy. A monotonous bassline just
playing on the whole count, melting together
with the bassdrum. Foundation for a
minimalistic track which you need to play
several times before discerning the
distorted spoken words.
also stuff for people who love their basic
Reggae and are not neccesarily into
(militant) Steppers or excursions into
wherever, who are just longing for a good
drum and bassline. Filomuzik, a new name in
the series, comes with a title U.N.I.T.Y.
and should be mentioned at this place. Fat
bass in an upfull Rub a Dub riddim, mixed in
Old Skool style. Wicked DUB Division's
"Sound Of A Rebel" is another one
in the same style.
IDC Showcase Chapter 4 is definitely no
album that should be listened to just once
in order to get the vibes, in order to
discover the nine different angles covered
in eighteen mixes. There is just too much in
there. It's not more of the same even though
that would in itself be very much
appreciloved and even though it is building
upon the three previous chapters.
something that makes you wonder what will
happen in the next Chapter, like in a good