Sunday, October 14, 2007

"Dub Roots and Fruits"

Dubroom Online - Edition October 14, 2007


WWW, October 14 2007 - Where DUB is the Roots, the concept of drum and bass driven rhythms accompanied by effects and vocals now seems to be the general formula of most forms of electronic music.

U-rope is the center of the world when it comes to electronic music, and therefore it will be no surprise that the bulk of sounds reviewed for today are U-ropean productions too.

Reggae purists will find one tune too plastic. Another tune will be seen as crossing the borderline of Reggae just a little too far.

However, there's a difference between Roots and Fruits. Roots are there to provide the energy, fruits are there to enjoy!

So let's enjoy a fruitful day!

Give Thanks, One Love,
Messian Dread (Dubroom Webmaster)

Various Artists - "Shuffle" (MP3 Review)
Various Artists - "Stoned" (MP3 Review)

Various Artists - "Shuffle" (MP3 Review)


WWW, October 2007 - In this deep DUBWISE experience, we will visit France, Austria, the UK, South Africa and Dominica for some crucial "Fruits Music" from the last 17 years.

Arguable, the UK and the European continent have been more receptive for DUB techniques and music than America, perhaps even Jamaica. Some of the strongest drum and basslines are created right there, in the midst of Babylon, even influencing people to create music that will cross the borders of Reggae, but not those of DUB.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that Europe can also be considered the musical center of the world when it comes to deep, electronic effect driven music. For DUB was one of the first styles to fit that description, if not the first.

In "Shuffle", we will be treated to a number of crucial European productions, accompanied by one from the mother land: South Africa. The kind of music that will on one hand make you feel completely chilled-out, while on the other hand some deep drum and bass ensure a steady pace.

Reggae purists will wonder just how much "Reggae" is left in some of the mixes, but if you listen close you will not really ask that question. Not everything may be "Roots Reggae", but it can definitely described as "Fruits Reggae"!


1. "Machine gun" - Mano Negra (France, 1994)
2. "Darker sensimillia" - Sly & Mo (Austria, 1999)
3. "See it coming" - Lotek Hi-Fi (UK, 2003)
4. "Babylon timewarp - Hijack (UK, 2006)
5. "Don´t bodda me" - Beat Pharmacy feat. Paul St. Hilaire (South Africa / Dominica, 2006)



Various Artists - "Stoned" (MP3 Review)


WWW, October 2007 - If you can, take a spliff and feel. Feel the deep, deep DUB vibes of the Orb, Rhythm and Sound and others as they take us to outer space, beyond the border!

Reggae Music and especially DUB has an enormous influence in the development of what we now know as contemporary electronic Dance music.

In fact, the music would have sound quite different if it was not for the fact that well-known producers like the Orb are among the biggest DUB fans on the face of the earth. Drum, bass and effects are now the ruling factors in many musical styles, of which we find some examples in this second episode of the Jamaica Hi-Fi Podcast.

Reggae and DUB purists will recognize just how the Reggae formula is incorporated in the productions, each track coming with a different outcome. One track will be closer to Reggae than the other, one track will be more danceable than the other.

We'll visit the UK, the USA and Germany to explore some chilled-out, yet intense productions all designed to enhance a positive buzz after enjoying a little bit of herb. So when you can, light one spliff or chalice and if you can't, don't worry bout that. The music will show you stuff anyway.


1. "I´m alright (orbing alright in dub)" (The Orb rmx) - Keith Hudson (Jamaica/UK, 1974/2001)
2. "Hands in the dark" - Chromatics (USA, 2005)
3."A way of being free (are you sitting comfortably very smooth, very peaceful mix)" - Dub Trees (UK, 2000)
4."Never tell you" - Rhythm and Sound feat. Tikiman (Germany/Dominica, 1996)
5."Cockney violin" - Caspa (UK, 2006)



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