@@@ King Midas Sound: Solitude (Cosmo Rhythmatic, 2019) The Guardian published a music article about a resurgence of dub poetry going on in the UK. I’m up for that! The Apple Music blurb compares this dub influenced music to dancehall produced by The Bug which is similar to Madd Again, which is dub-reggae influenced music I love. This first track is much slower and a bit darker. There is a Caribbean voice heavily echoed talking about how ‘you disappeared’. For this genre, I could use some beats. There are a lot of delicious drones and the voice is heavy with emotion and I super love the lyrics but I could use some beats goddammit. This record is quite stark and beautiful in its raw honesty but to my ears it does not connect to dub music as much as I would like to hear. I think more rhythm would get it there but duder decided to go another way, which is cool.
@@@ Jay Glass Dubs: Nyx EP (Berceuse Heroique, 2019) Also from the Guardian article. It is slotted as techno on Apple Music so who knows what this record will bring us. I would say a delay effect does not a dub track make. When the beats come they are more world music beats than dubwise and the bass is more of a rock sounding bass. The stereo field is full and pumping with a nice blend of the beats and some electro-techno trippy synth patches. I like this, it’s got a nice stuck in a washing machine feel to it. I don’t really like the vocals brough in, they sort of Kate Bush the proceedings so I went to the next track. I’m on the third tune and while it’s influenced by dub I find the big arena rock, Kate Bush, quasi-Radiohead influences not working for me. Always listen for yourself.
@@@ Moor Mother: Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes (Don Giovanni, 2019) Moor Mother is from Philly, Philly is a tough ass town, I’m expecting Moor Mother to bring it. I think I grooved on a record she did some work on. The first tune is a swirling, dark, almost Shakespearean bigness. When she says ‘I hope you get what you’ve been handing out’ I wanted to stand up and cheer. The second tune, the 1:57, is a combination of a rock beat, some strange spoken word business and an electro loop. I’m starting to feel that I have no problem with these three records as they all have positive qualities, but it’s a stretch to group these together and talk about a resurgence of dub poetry in the tradition of Lynton Kwesi Johnson. It’s not supposed to sound like him (I get that!), but if I heard this record outside of the Guardian article I would slot it as an electronic record with an interesting spoken word component. I’m not sure I would think of dub at all. I’m feeling this third tune, After Images, and I like this record but I’m not jumping up and down. I want to jump up and down.
YTD recordings listened to: 589
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Not good music: 201
Honorable Mentions: 0
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