Out now: VA ~ Strictly Analog Dub (Dubbhism netlabel)

Download: dubbhism-netlabel-013-va-strictly-analog-dub.rar

Dubbhism presents a compilation of 10 analog dub artists.

The Story

When dub first started, all studio equipment was analog. That produced the classic sound of dub. Right now 'Strictly Analog Dub' brings back a part of that original vibe. Because raw & dutty analog sound is good for you, especially in these times of too much digital perfection.

Wait! We're not in this holy war, saying that analog studio equipment is better than digital. It's just that for dub music there can be some interesting advantages. Dub music is ~ among other things ~ about spontaneous sound creation, and also about pushing the equipment to it's limits or even beyond: abusing it. The problem with computers and digital dub gear is that you can't really abuse it. Digital boxes just freeze or give you a blue screen of death if you push really hard. Boring.. that's why analog and dub are such a good match.

In these computerized times, it's only natural that certain musicians (in both acoustic and electronic styles) prefer to use adventurous, unpredictable music equipment like spring reverb units and tape echo machines, and not the domesticated digital derivation. It's not a retro thing, it's just vibes. Enjoy!

The Tracklist

01 Delmighty Sounds meets The Lisbon Dub Collective ~ Living Hard feat. Roberto Sánchez (3:52)
02 Rude Rich and the High Notes ~ African Love Dub (4:48)
03 Spring Reverb Museum ~ Shades (5:39)
04 The Positronics ~ Yeti Dub (9:52)
05 The Giants feat. Putus Roots ~ Jah Jah Come (3:58)
06 Negritage ~ Dub to Afrika (2:20)
07 Uus Energia ~ Dub Reorganizer (7:04)
08 The Bassbully ~ Liminal Dub (4:24)
09 Burnett Town Sound ~ Old House (3:17)
10 Tony Dubshot ~ Clint Eastwood Speaks His Mind (3:16)

all rights reserved, (c) held by all artists respectively, unless indicated otherwise

The Cover

All rights reserved, (c) Jana Voit 2012
Photographer: Jana Voit (portfolio)
Model: Jasmin Noffke

The Analog Artists

01 ~ The Lisbon Dub Collective (PT)
"The Lisbon Dub Collective is a collaborative musical project that focusses on experimental dub music. A mixture of musicians, sound engineers and producers usually gather around an old mixing console and mix (or dub) music live, a lot like it was done around the 70's. Although a digital audio workstation is still used as an editing tool, the methods of production are very 'hands on approach', with a focus on real-time handling as much analogue gear as possible, which means that all dubs turn out unique with unpredicted results. Expect the unexpected and the excitement of the analogue dub sounds."

Some of the analog gear used:
Tascam M-512 Mixing Console
Vermona VSR3 Spring Reverb
Carl Martin HeadRoom Spring Reverb
Roland RE-201 Space Echo
Fulltone Tube Tape Echo
EH Memory Man ( 90´s version analogue delay)
MXR Carbon Copy
A/DA Flanger
Moog MF-101 Low Pass Filter

Mixed live at the Living Dub Room by Pedro Delmas, Tiago Jónatas and Gonçalo Coelho. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

02 ~ Rude Rich and the High Notes (NL)
This track is on the forthcoming album Rude Rich & the High Notes - Tribute to the Greats dubbed by deRuige.

Some of the analog gear used:
D&R mixing desk
D&R reverb
Roland Space echo 201
Boss 100 reverb
Akai MFC 42 phaser

03 ~ Spring Reverb Museum (JP)
Some of the analog gear used:
Roland RE-201
Korg SE-300
Mam VSR-3
Mackie 1202 VLZ-3

04 ~ The Positronics (PT)
About Yeti Dub: "We recorded all in one take. We used the rs 7000 to play bass and drums, the sh-01 for noise/atmosphere, and a microkorg filtered with T-Resonator for vocoding and synthesis, also delay DE7. All mixed on MG124c."

05 ~ The Giants feat. Putus Roots (CH/JM)
Revelation Riddim by The Giants (Yves & David Ducrey). Vocal by Putus Roots. Recorded @ Duke Production and mastered by Mike Caplan @ Lion & Fox Studio Washington DC.

06 ~ Negritage (AR)
"This song was recorded in deh lavadero records dub temple guettho roots of dub only by deh inspiration of the almigthy jah we used a third world four track analogal mixer from de early eighties with no mark, painted ina silver way, one chanel for the drums (an old drum kit like deh jamaican way) one for the bass and one for the guitar and the key.. and an old turnable for the vocal sample that you know is the voice of the almaity profet peter tosh... used a basic delay and a reverb for the drums.. in this days dub wise means evrething for us like today... we live dubwise we dream dubwise...

one love
one dub
dub destiny!

negritage dubmaster & keyboards, the rootsman player on the drums, delay kid on the guitar & the bass"

07 ~ Uus Energia (EE)
Some of the analog gear used:
Dynacord Echocord Mini Tape Delay
Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo Tape Delay
EMT-140 Plate Reverb
AKG BX-20E Spring Reverb
AMEK 2520 Mixing Desk
DBX 164 Compressor
STA-LEVEL Compressor (clone)
Fairchild PM 670 Compressor (clone)

08 ~ The Bassbully (UK)
Some of the analog gear used:
Roland Space Echo RE-150
Roland Chorus Echo RE-501
P7 Studiomaster Desk

09 ~ Burnett Town Sound (CA)
Some of the analog gear used:
Allen & Heath 16:2 desk
Spring reverb from a Peavy 601R Mixer
Dbx 376 Tube Channel Strip
Roland Space Echo RE-150

10 ~ Tony Dubshot (NL)
Some of the analog gear used:
Solina String Ensemble
Mu-Tron Bi-Phase
Roland RE-201
Accutronics reverb tanks

The Press

"Dubbhism manage to harvest sounds that you hardly hear elsewhere and put them all in one meaningful release. It is maybe one of the most crucial dub releases in recent times." ~ Freegan Kolektiva

"Regardless of the equipment in use, these are some really great tracks." ~ The Groove Thief

"It’s great." ~ Dub.com