DUBROOM MP3 REVIEW
WWW, January 2008 - In the mean time, in a place called Reading, UK based DUB Duo Version Big-Fi has been working hard to produce their first full-length album.
The result? Well, it's... Everything But!
According to the liner notes, Version Big-Fi tries to stay away from the runnings in the Music Industry. Tone and Papa Sparks "simply" do their own thing: use digital contemporary techniques, sample a little bit and produce some killer tunes.
Until recently, the Duo had only released a few singles and a number of great Podcasts under the name "Stop That Train", all reviewed by the Dubroom and with very good reason.
"Everything But" is Version Big-Fi's first full length album, downloadable for free from their website. Eleven tracks, all with their own specific vibe and style, in which elements of the past and the present are mixed together with an obvious look to the future.
The album is everything but boring, everything but sleepy, everything but ignorable. All tracks are highly danceable because of the magnificent drum and bass lines.
Reggae and (Two-Tone) Ska drum and basslines form the main foundational ingredients of the eleven riddims on the album, while it is clear that Version Big-Fi enjoys the music by Dreadzone as well.
This is definitely the kind of music that belongs in the collection of every self respecting collector of free and legal (DUB) MP3's. The music can be downloaded for free, but when you can, the UK based DUB Duo would apprecilove a donation of any kind.
This Internet release is true 21st Century DUB!
01. This Place Is Big-Fi (3:03)
02. Time To Be Happy (Part 2) (2:49)
03. Top Of The World (3:58)
04. Chicken Shot (4:28)
05. Skit Skank (3:16)
06. Stalag-A-Go-Go (4:25)
07. High Tide (3:50)
08. Rocket (Album Version) (3:59)
09. Under Me Version (4:47)
10. Riddle Beat (3:45)
11. Run Tings (3:20)