Saturday, May 29, 2010

I Heart Dub

Dub music has been in heart since I was a pup. I was first introduced to the sound in the mid 90's when I discovered The Orb. Their slow moving hypnotic soundscapes drew me in immediately. Dub basically strips out all fluff in music & leaves the straight rhythmic goods. It also carries the same raw vitality and attitude that punk has without the all the high end. This is probably why so many English rockers in the late 1970's gravitated towards the sound.

Basically dub is the result of re-engineering a previously recorded track. The process used by Jamaican producers when making dubs was to use previously recorded material, modify the material, and subsequently record it to a new master mix, in effect transferring or "dubbing" the material.

Below is the trailer to a great film called "Dub Echoes" (2008) which highlights everything dub and its influences. The film touches on all of the sounds offshoots such as Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Trip-Hop, Drum & Bass, Jungle, Dubstep etc. It's a great watch for any music lova!

Don Letts ~ Dub Echoes

Mykal Rose - No Burial

Dr. Das - Asian Dub Foundation ~ Dub Echoes

Waldeck - Floater (Dubblestandart Mix)

Steve Barrow - A&R of Blood & Fire Records / Author of Blood & Fire A Rough Guide to Reggae ~ Dub Echoes

The Upsetters - Sipple Dub