V.A. MORE DUB INFUSIONSFebruary 25th, 2002
Release: V.A. “More Dub Infusions”
Compiled by: Daniel Haaksman
Label: Best Seven / Sonar Kollektiv
Format: CD + Double Vinyl
The sound of dub is a favorite on the dancefloor and sofa alike these days. Everyone loves the “eased out vibe” of dub in its various forms. The first issue of the Best Seven compilation series “Dub Infusions 1989-1999″ (SBCD0001/SB7003) was focused on a decade in which the relaxed groove with its warm basslines established itself as a standard musical feeling. We now present the sequel “More Dub Infusions”, more or less a snapshot of the present day “dub” situation.
The boundaries of rhythmic formats were shoved aside: dub is a vibe thing, you know? And as such “More Dub Infusions” shows the versatility of a mood. A mood which strikes both Detroit producers such as Recloose as well as UK Hip Hop heads, like the mighty Roots Manuva. You will find the vibe in Bigga Bush’s fantastic remix of Swayzak’s “Illegal” or in Novak Projects “Testament”. Berlin’s very own Rhythm & Sound featuring the old reggae crooner Cornell Campell and their track “King In My Empire” demonstrate this mood, as much as the legendary American beat-poet William S. Burroughs, who collaborated with the movie director Gus Van Sant on the recording of the track “Millions of Images” on a somewhat different contribution to the dub excursion.
“More Dub Infusions” again proofs the versatility and timelessness of dub music. “Light’em up before you gogo!”
“More Dub Infusions” was compiled by Berlin based DJ and music journalist Daniel Haaksman for Sonar Kollektiv’s dancehall, dub and reggae influenced sub label Best Seven Records (run by Daniel W. Best).
1: Rhythm & Sound w/ Cornell Campbell – King In My Empire – 06:26
Straight out of Berlin. This track comes out of one of the most wonderous labels in Berlin: Basic Channel. These guys put the techno sound into dub and the dub sound into techno. Check the vocals of the old reggae crooner Cornell Campbell on this. Watch the bass!
2: Swayzak w/ Benjamin Zephaniah – Illegal (Bigga Bush Version) – 07:40
Swayzak are the dons of tech house, alway looking for leftfield aspects. “Illegal” get’s the Bigga Bush treatment here. Deep dub bass paired with latin percussion effects. And on top of it dub poet Benjamin suggests dissidence. Check out the fantastic change in tempo. A masterpiece remix by Bigga Bush – formerly known as the don of Rockers Hi-Fi and now also recording under the Lightning Head moniker.
3: Gus Van Sant & Williams S. Burroghs – Millions Of Images – 04:11
Yes, this comes from the main man of the original beat generation. Why is it on the compilation? Well, someone told us William S. Burroughs passed the secrets of his own effects technology on a smoked out trip to Jamaica in the early Sixties and thus influenced somebody called King Tubby. The rest of the story you may know.
4: Williams Traffic – Rainbow Dub – 05:15
This is a French release which orginally came out on the ever so French label Catalogue Records. Again we have a spoken word track in a dub style. The gentle vocals are by James Earl Jones, he who gave movie character Darth Vader the evil voice twist. Check the wah wah.
5: Juantrip – Shadows (Don Air Mix) – 05:44
Again a French man, this time in a remix by Don Air. He has been on the London circuit for quite a while. Orginally from Frankfurt/Main this man can surely take you on some serious dub excursions. Attention, surf guitar included!
6: Recloose – Absence of One – 06:12
Another somewhat different fan of the dub experience is the Detroit producer Recloose. He is the guy who gave his first demo tape to Detroit’s own techno genius producer Carl Craig wrapped in a sandwich. This atmospheric track demonstrates how deep the man can go when he slows down his tempo.
7: Etienne de Crecy – Prix Choc (Ultra Dark Mix) – 06:25
Most of you should be familiar with this one as a full on disco stomper. Here, we have the track from the great “Super Discount” tributing the herb from heaven in a true smoked out version. Irie.
8: Roots Manuva – Witness (Walworth Road Rockers Dub) – 04:07
Roots Manuva must have caused the biggest stir in the history of UK Hip Hop recently. Ok, let’s say since Caveman. Here is the proof that they are representing the West Indian side of things. A floor burning dub rocker.
9: The Butch Cassidy Sound System – Brothers and Sisters – 04:34
It’s just a beautiful reggae dub stepper.
10: Novak Project – Testament – 09:04
This is an obscure English one side 12″ with a very popular sample of a British new wave band. Recently also sampled by Mary J. Blige. Guess who it’s from?
11: Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Dilly Dally – 05:12
Arthur Baker produced this outfit. A man that has always been involved in so many different projects e.g. work with Bill Laswell and Soul Sonic Force etc. Again this is a poets thang on a Dub tip. Sen?
12: Die Fantastischen Vier – Tag am Meer (Original Instrumental) – 04:28
This one is a real German relic. As the story goes it is based on a sample that was suggested by the man from the Black Forest, Mr. Trüby to the most popular German Hip Hop band of the nineties. Additional trivia: Rainer Trüby, Die Fantastischen Vier and Tiefschwarz all started their carreers in one of Germany’s most influencial clubs of the nineties: the On-U Club in Stuttgart, a former US GI disco. Stuttgart is the city where Mercedes Benz and Porsche come from. Oh, and “Tag am Meer” means “Day by the sea”, naturally.