Saturday, 2 April 2011

My echo chamber goes up to eleven



Dub, obviously, has had a big influence on dance music, both in terms of technology, philosophy and sound. Electronic music,  has allowed musicians to incorporate this influence without it sounding... well... "cod."

 I guess we're all pretty used to cod reggae. Apart from the family wedding favourites, theres a slew of albums out there with a "reggae" track put in as standard, though it may only consist of a overproduced guitar sound on the offbeat and a pretty young victim singing about cocktails or something.

 Whilst "cod" dub was never as prevalent as the songs of crooning gingers, I have a very clear picture of what it is. Back in the day when I was into punk, there were always ska/punk bands messing around with the idea of dub and it just seemed so completely overdone. Echos flying everywhere, all the time, sounds cutting in and out far too rapidly. The basic elements are there but the tune is never allowed to develop or grow, its just a tryhard mass of snares. But hey, these people arent producers so what do you expect (these simple rock musicians eh?)


So instead I wanted to post a tune which, in my humble opinion, manages to capture the vibe without begging the sound.



Bauhaus - She's In Parties



The dub on that starts at 3:40 but its a good tune throughout.

 I'll update this post with more tracks soon but give us some more, why don't you?

4 comments:

  1. yes fantastic tune, the dub section at the end is brilliant aslo. great post, cheers.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have an evans echopet which ive really neglected to use. Need to get my dub on after reading this.

    Great track btw.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Cool track, that's a good example. The bass on Grace Jones - Love You To Life (Digital Mystikz Remix) is a perfect example of how it "should be done".

    And of course, Digital Mystikz - I Wait :D

    ReplyDelete