Mildtape : Dub Alpina

I like Dub. I like the archetypal deep beats, the wandering, ponderous path the music follows, the immersive rhythyms which drag you in – I like all of it and from the innovators of the genre onwards to the sea of bedroom producers we have today I can pretty much always find something which works for me. It is, however, a very lazy genre. Barring one or two notable exceptions Dub makers are rarely given to random experimentation; the foundations of the music are clearly laid out and they’re more than solid enough for most just to indulge in the minorest of variations in their work, hoping, presumably, that even if the structure is as predictable as ever they’ll make the right minor adjustment to make their work stand out. Mostly, however, they fail. Continue reading “Mildtape : Dub Alpina”

Ras Amerlock : 2010, A Bass Oddity (Trinity All Stars)

Ras Amerlock – 2010, A Bass Oddity (Trinity All Stars)

Dub is rarely percieved as a genre with a tendency towards variety for reasons which, to most, are fairly obvious. After all, most Dub actually *is* fairly similar and with the basics of the beat almost engrained in the foundations of the music there’s limited scope for creative dabbling. Sure, you can go all out Electronic, or you can hold hard to traditionalism, or choose one of the paths in between the two but ultimately it remains a struggle to truly burst out of the confines of convention. Continue reading “Ras Amerlock : 2010, A Bass Oddity (Trinity All Stars)”