THE GRIND: Dub Across Borders – Lack Blake

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IS: 45Seven Soundcloud

Dub across boarders indeed (audio)


One thing I’ve noticed since I moved to Japan (or more specifically, Niigata) is that a lot of people who like house and techno, also really like super spaced-out dub reggae as well. At first, I found this peculiar since techno seems like they couldn’t be more distant from dub. However, after going to several events where the mix of the three became the norm, it just started making sense that maybe the genres really aren’t that different from each other after all; both employ a lot of shit ton of delay and echo and can use a lot of space in their music.

I bring this up because I feel like this new release from 45Seven does a pretty could job of marrying the two together for a rather fascinating musical exploration. Hard drums, dubbed out vocal samples, as well as some other sound effects and percussion that slip in out of the mix, all with some very techno-y synths thrown in for good measure. All in all, it feels kinda like a Jack Dangers/Meat Beat Manifesto track, and that is definitely a good thing.

If you haven’t checked out 45Sevens yet, I highly recommend you do so as they are one of the most interesting labels doing modern dub these days. You can grab the 7″ here.


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