ROOTS OF DUB FUNK 4. Artist: Various. Label: Tanty Records
Artist: Various Label: Tanty Records
ROOTS OF DUB FUNK 4 - RISE OF THE ECLECTIC DREAD
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1: RIDICULOUS DUB - JAH WARRIOR
2: PRISE D` ASSAUT DUB - NO MORE BABYLON
3: LIGHT AND STRENGTH - SOCIAL LIVING SOUNDS
4: JAH JAH DUB - DUB MASTER RIKO
5: BORN AFRICAN - PEYOTE SOUND SYSTEM
6: NEST OF VIPERS - DUB FUNK ASSOCIATION
7: DUB THE BORDER - DJ PERCH
8: DON`T CRY DUBWISE - JAH WARRIOR
9: SUFFERER DUB - COSMIC ROCKER AND ZEB
10: BLACK EYED CHILDREN DUB - DOCTAH X
11: DUB GAMES - MYSTIC VIBRATIONS
12: AFRICAN SATELLITE DUB - THE INTERRUPTOR
13: DUB MY ROOTS - PIANO B
14: UPPER CUT - MANJUL/HUMBLE BAND
Still the only dub series showcasing the best of the underground dub scene from dub producers from around the globe. Rise of the Eclectic Dread..... Now that conjures up some kinda imagery doesn`t it? 14 new tracks embracing the very ethics of dub`s experimentation but with enough bravado to inject a creative and distinctive twist! Dirty, heavyweight bowl tingling dub yes! But combined with enough JA Reggae to African Roots to USA Funk/Jazz melodies and an execution of `touch` at the studio mixing desk that defies that throw away `knock it together in five minutes` attitude employed by so many of today`s `wannabe` dub meisters which has held back dub`s real appreciation by wider audiences for far too long!
You see, `dub` or the `dub version` is the deconstruction of a track that already exists, or in the case of exponents like the Dub Funk Association, tracks that should have existed!!! Cool throbbing basslines alone make not a good dub track my friends! We need the melodies! So enjoy this, the fourth instalment of Tanty Records` next documented chapter of dub`s developments and achievements, featuring the familiar with the new found dub producers/artists from across the globe.
Well...what can we say...more than excellent compilation. Trust us!
Teacher & Mr. T. Reggae Vibes NL
REVIEW Rating: A
This is a delightful oddity--not quite amateur night at the reggae Dub Club, but almost. Hopeful dublicators from practically all over the world, including some established pros, had apparently sent their best efforts to Tanty Records to try to make the next installment of a series of dub disks. Fourteen of those best efforts made the final cut and roots of dub funk 4 is the result.
The UK`s Jah Warrior, a proven source of contemporary dub, has two offerings: the disk opener has an up-tempo rhythm and busy percussion that are in some sweet kind of tension with the jazzy and nonchalant sax delivering the melody; the second Jah Warrior piece uses a simple horn riff as an excuse for its organized clamor--the rattling, clacking, bongo-ing type of clamor that I enjoy. No More Babylon, from France, presents a steady drum and bass with splintered vocals and an interesting electronic layer from which a tune almost emerges. Social Living Sound gives us a reflective melodica tune atop nicely balanced dub elements, mixing fun with moodiness. Dub Master Rico starts in a far eastern mode but introduces several surprising changes along his rhythmic way. Peyote Sound System`s track has a gung-ho rhythm with lots of weird stuff that gradually become grounded in recognizable instruments, including horn section.
The dynamic Dub Funk Association keeps us bopping, but I`m intrigued by the soft, unobtrusive vocal always there at the edge of the sound. An orchestral horn overture might make you think DJ Perch of Germany is into classical music, but nope, it`s definitely reggae-based dub with a prominent beat and occasional fragile vocal. Cosmic Rocker and Zeb, in their turn at bat, allow lots of space and time to contemplate their evocative electronic bird calls, and Doctah X prescribes some Jimi Hendrix guitar growls and feedback along with a disembodied vocal. The closest we come to an actual song is by Mystic Vibrations; it has a melody and large chunks of vocal. Solid nyahbinghi drumming fortunately keeps The Interruptor`s spacey, tuneful homage to Mother Africa from floating away, while Piano B`s Dub My Roots is subtle and highly experimental, owing almost as much to John Cage as to King Tubby. Humble Band from Mali closes the show with a more traditional approach, dubbing up a rocksteady-style organ tune.
I suspect that not all the submissions to Tanty were absolutely great, but these 14 surely are. It`s an eclectic collection, as promised in the subtitle, and proof beyond any reasonable doubt that dubiosity is alive and kicking, all over the world.