Posts Tagged ‘Dub’

Monolake – Tangent II (1999)

Having spent the morning sorting out my 600+ reggae CDs (I know how to live …), I’ve decided to settle down and work my way through the classic minimal dub techno CDs released on Chain Reaction, Basic Channel and related imprints!

Six tracks into Monolake’s monumental Interstate album and I am honour bound to elevate “Tangent II” to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime; a complete gem.

Interstate was Berlin based Monolake’s second LP and the follow-up to their monumental debut, Hong Kong which came out a couple of years earlier in a very fetching (and now pricey) metal tin!

Dub, glitch and funk coincide to devastating hypnotic effect; the best way to fill 9 and a half minutes today!



Rhythm & Sound w/Shalom – We Been Troddin/Troddin (Version) (2002)

March 25, 2017 Leave a comment

The German pair, Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus have made some of the finest minimal and other techno of all time and their Rhythm & Sound moniker is just another outlet for their stellar talent. I’ve previous posted Maurizio (here) and Basic Channel (here) and the latter, of course, are so good they get to appear in the strapline to this blog (the highest of all praise).

With Rhythm & Sound, the focus is on dub and reggae more generally. This track is a throwback to the great reggae of the 70s with both a vocal version and then the dub – perfect! Shalom provides the vocals on this one.

The vocal and then the dub!


The Beat – Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret (1980)

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

The Beat are quite simply one of the greatest bands of all time. Known as “The English Beat” in the USA for some arcane copyright reasons.

They only released 3 LPs (“I Just Can’t Stop It”, “Wha’ppen?” and “Special Beat Service”) but each is a classic.

“Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret” comes from the debut LP of 1980 and shows the fellas were well ahead of the curve in getting their complaints in early. “Whine and Grine” was an old Prince Buster classic from the mid 1970s and The Beat build on this to create an all time classic of the punk/post punk era.

Three tracks for your consideration: the original LP version; the dub from the B-Side of “Best Friend” and then the Prince Buster original of “Whine and Grine”!

Fluxion – Fovea Centralis (1999)

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been weeks since I’ve had the indulgence to post a spot of minimalist dub techno from the 1990s. But, it’s Friday night, and other than catching up on the new edition of The Economist, there is little to do ….

Fluxion released two wonderful (and pretty rare …!) LPs on the enigmatic Chain Reaction record label out of Germany. An offshoot of the seminal Basic Channel stable, Chain Reaction only released 11 albums and every one of them is superb (I’m a trainspotting completist obviously).

“Fovea Centralis” is typical of the Vibrant Forms LP and Basic Channel/Chain Reaction in general. For similar stuff, check earlier post here by the peerless Maurizio.

Maurizio – M4 & M4.5 (1995)

May 8, 2011 3 comments

The Basic Channel stable has produced some of the most intense minimal techno of all time and, in their mid 1990s heyday, this was pretty much the highwater mark of the dub techno genre. Simple bass, glitchy electronics, never relents. Timeless.

Great late at night in a car.

Grace Jones – Private Life (1980)

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

I just need to take a detour from the apparent deadend of the stillborn relentless musical genre. Over dinner, I found an insatiable need to listen to Grace Jones’ classic “Private Life”. But, in particular, I needed to hear the extended dub version. Then I remembered that I’d leant the bloody CD to a former acquaintance. Bugger.

Fortunately, Youtube has no gaps and, therefore, I draw your attention to both the original and extended versions of this wonderful track. I believe that I am now in overall politically correct credit following the Cosmic Psychos track on the previous post.

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