October 2014 - Hard hitting Steppers riddims
form the foundation of this EP featuring
seven vocalists in three long and intense
Dubwise mixes. Extreme Dub work-outs on the
bass, in fact there's a lot of abuse of the
effect devices overall in this release.
While the vocalists deliver enough lyrical
content, sounds of creation and full blown
instrument sections add to the undeniable
power of the drum and bass lines.
three tracks can be played as a single
track, for example in a play list or DJ set,
listening to the full 16+ minutes will put
them in a perspective. This EP is about the
power of the bass, which -as a scientific
study recently documented-
is not just a slogan chanted in the Dance or
otherwise, but a reality. The bass as
foundational sound? Here is where DUB undisputedly
stands at number one. That's reality too!
track is very deliberately put in the center
of the three-track release. It's about the
sound of a much greater power than any
man-made bass instrument. It's about a power
described in oh so many Rastaman lyrics and
that's the power of JAH, audible in the real
thunder and lightning. In the first track
we'll hear everything about the bass line,
in the last track we're rising up the Red
Gold and Green banner of Conscious Dub.
of the bass, of thunder and lightning,
blesseth are those that know themselves to
be rooted in JAH.
with this trinity of Dub track about (Jah)
Power you're given a hint to search
something about another Ikon of the Power of
Jah, Who Himself is a Trinity just like we
little people are (body, soul spirit).
With such a
foundation, yes, step it up!
up in three different Dubwise mixes, wherein
no instrument, voice, slider knob or button
is left untouched. Even though everything
stays coherent, the hardware was put to
enormous work as sometimes no less than
seven different effects are used in the same
up in three hard-hitting steppers riddims,
all with real horns and real this-and-that
and original Dubroom bass lines. Visit studio.dubroom.org
when you are interested in the more
technical or legal aspects of this release,
which is -as all Dubroom productions- fully
legal and licensed.
Rooti - Dub Up Di Bassline
It takes a
while before you know what Jah Rooti is
talking about, but after about 30 seconds or
so you'll get the point more than clear. As
the tune continues to develop after the initial
start, effects are layered to the extend
that it is no longer clear just what effect
comes from which source. Not just nice for a
little studio research but also for the
enjoyment of Dub music.
everything drops except for the bass and Jah
Rooti chanting about the bass line. Filters
and reverbs are not spared and when the
drums finally drops back in the Dub gets
into a yet weirder phase, only to come back
with full instruments and singing and lead
to the end in yet another segment of
full-effect style mixing.
Khaleel - Pray Up In Dub (ft Aiva and Penti)
the center-piece of this EP, it's length
being an indication of it's importance in
the story of Step It Up In Dub. True sounds
of nature open up, including a massive
thunder roll. During this exposition of Jah
Power, a melodica and Ras Khaleel lead us to
the horns and Penti telling us what to do
when we wake up in the morning: chant a
psalm. Ras Khaleel enters asking for some
positive thoughts while I and I pray as we
pray about serious things.
Babylon take our life for granted, killing
our brothers and our sisters in a continual
war against mankind and it's Creator? It
should be about love, no hate should come
around as we live this life that our Creator
has given us. Once again, here is the
message of One Love in Dub.
backing vocals by Aiva, crucial Horns by the
Zion Train massive, intense Dub mixing from
the Dubroom's in-house engineer, over six
minutes of deep Dub meditation.
Dub Up Di Banner (ft Soulja and Penti)
up giving a short history lesson before ADX
continues to describe the current situation.
Soulja takes over and calls for more love,
honor and respect which is what has to be
done in these current times of violence and hatred.
Reggae, and especially DUB has spread from
Jamaica to the UK to the whole world and has
stood at the roots of virtually all
electronic musical styles and
music is so influential, so should the
Message that comes with this Music since
we rise up the Banner of Red Gold and Green.