WithTracks by… Fleck, Eskaei, Yasterize, Malik and Antisemetria, Secret Archives of the Vatican, Deejay Husky, Phoniandflore, Homeless Inc.
with tracks by … Brigitte Bop, LukHash, The Maggie Wackers, Dead Pawn Company, Vanya Zalewski, Dengue Fever, V.I.D.A Groove, Magic Slim, Ghostkid, Liquid Stranger.
Pol Duno Ruhi (aka Madame) has released no less than 21 tracks in 8 EPs and albums for the Barcelona and Berlin netlabel Musica Vermella . The latest; Lies And Sunsets , is a 6-track EP, which, accordingly to the label, blends dubstep, wonky beats, IDM, and classical music with pure electronic sounds. OK, that sounds like the sort of ingredients I’d like to see in a recipe, but it’s the quantity and blend of the ingredients and the skill of the chef that make this a truly great feast.
It’s the way in which classical music is incorporated, that makes this EP special. It’s not just a series of classical samples, arbitrarily stitched together with a predictable dubstep drop at the prerequisite interval. This is a properly conceived fusion of the various genres of music, and it’s magnitificent.
If you listen to the opening of Alkhimia, or Verd you will assume this was a classical album, but then the various broken beats start, followed by low-frequency dubsteppy growls and finally an organ and you know you’re into different territory.
Deep Moon is less classical and more electronic in it’s delivery, but the classical instrumentation returns (albeit in a hip-hop style) with Love Cuisine. Side Chain Sunset is more of an IDM beat, but the dubsteppy bass wobbles are in attendance throughout. Finally, No More Lies rounds off the album. Beginning with an almost childlike lullaby the piece expands with vocoder vocals and then takes a darker, classical twist before opening out into a nice electronic groove and then repeats the process again.
It’s hard to instrument the classical and electronic music fields together into something coherent and something that will appeal to lovers of both styles. Lies and Sunsets is a very good attempt to do just that. It’s well worth a download, along with Madame’s back catalogue from this excellent netlabel.
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I first heard Dubsalon at ReggaeDubWise and immediately fell in love with his dub. When I heard from Volker, over at Id.EOLOGY that Dubsalon was making and album, and it would come out on the netlabel, I knew that would be something to look forward to.
That time has now come and Id.EOLOGY presents Durban Chamber: an 8-track album featuring some of the best dub you’ll hear coming out of Argentina.
There’s nothing minimal or dubtech going on here. It’s full-phat dub, from a master. As soon as you hear the driving bass of In A Dream, you know you’re going to be “in the zone” for the duration. Shifting Mood, lives up to it’s name by synthesing bleepy electronica, accordion and wobbly bass drops.
There are the typical dubby vocal samples spread through the album, but essentially the album is instrumental. Although staying true to dub throughout, Dubsalon plays with dubstep, downbeat, electronica and jazzy influences. Yes, there’s harmonica, yes there are bleeps and echos, but this is true “magpie music”, and every track brings in a new influence.
There’s a surprising lack of a Latin American feel, considering Dubsalon comes from Argentina. Not to say that it’s missing entirely, just subdued. By the time you get to the last track, From The Sea, there’s a definitely a “watery” vibe going on.
Not content with 8-tracks, the album also contains an additional 7-track mix put together by Saetchmo. He is of course is the resident DJ of the Berlin #tassebier posse from Kreuzberg Berlin’s Blogrebellen, with whom I had such a great time when I was last in the city. Not only that, but producer of the weekly Echochamber show, which is a must for all dub-heads.
So, have I said enough? Have you downloaded the album yet and plugged it into your ears? What are you waiting for?
With Tracks by… L Bone, Man Mantis, Secondhead, Chinese Man, Tony Mahoney, Fort Minor, MoShang, Aniteck, Deeb.
- Diamanten, by LBone. Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany. [Jamendo]
- Cities Without Houses, by Man Mantis. Madison, Wisconsin, USA. [Bandcamp]
- Dubjazz, by Secondhead. Prague, Czech Republic. [Jamendo]
- Down, by Chinese Man. France. [Chinese Man Records]
- Delusions, by Tony Mahoney . UK. [Dusted Wax]
- Remember The Name, by Fort Minor (MoShang Chinese Chill Mix). Taiwan. [Asian Variations]
- Destination, by Anitek. Morristown, USA. [Jamendo]
- Bilady, by Deeb (prod. by Arketekt). Egypt. [Bandcamp]
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WithTracks by…Jangle Machine, Phoni and Flore, Waitapu, Dubzap, Trippa,Dub Addict, DuBology, Muph.