Roots Masashi is a Roots Rock / New Roots composer from Osaka, Japan. He drew his inspiration from friends in high school and fell in love with conscious reggae music. He was fascinated by Osaka’s dub scene, especially after meeting the “Dub I Roots crew” and “Rebel Culture” in 2012 and soon after, he started building “Roots Far I”, his OWN Sound System and Digital Live project, based in Kishiwada of South Osaka. His devotion to Roots Rock Reggae, New Roots and Dub guided him all around Japan, touring with the soundsystem and urging him to reach new musical heights
His first release on Dubophonic Records is a musical and holy salutation to the Auspicious one, an adoration to the Most High. Based on one of the most important Mantras in the Shaivism tradition, Namah Shivaya is associated with qualities of prayer, divine-love, grace, truth, and blissfulness. It calms the mind and brings spiritual insight and knowledge. Traditionally, it is accepted to be a powerful healing mantra beneficial for all physical and mental ailments. “Na” sound represents the earth, “Mah” sound represents the water, “Shi” sound represents the fire, “Va” sound represents the air and “Ya” sound represents thesky. Its total meaning is that “universal consciousness is one”. The recitation of these syllables is sound therapy for the body and nectar for the inner self and the soul.
Selected cuts of the 303 jams in the dub style direction.
It’s like when we are far away “flying” in experiments, into rhythmic noise, in the process of jam, but there is a daredevil who declares: “Let’s play dub!”.It’s like something about dub and techno, somwhere close to noise with broken rhythm. It’s like something with bass and chords and melody, it is mostly rhythmic, stumbles somewhere, sticks somewhere, it is electronic and connected to the “network” …
Attention! illocanblo (11,12,13) and Potential DifferenSe (14) participated in several jams. Thank you.
Good Over Evil Productions is a roots reggae project founded in Spain by the producers Jah Ivan and Dani Roots, the singer Sista Livity and Furi the manager. They come with a clear mission: to spread the Rastafari message by means of their music and their positive vibrations. Strictly Roots and Culture. Word, Sound and Power. Jah music to the people.
They have been releasing their work in different formats since 2008 on their own label (CD, Vinyl, Digital releases, etc.) alongside artists like Sista Livity, Anayah Roots Levi, Robel The Earthiopian (Reuben Addis), Ras Elijah Tafari, Raszor Brankata, Pato Ranking, Sista Moni and more.
It is a blessing that their new tune Keep the Fire Burning is being released on our label. You can feel the Good Over Evil’s essence in a pure dub style. It is a militant tune, with a mystic atmosphere and remembrance of the mighty ancients sounds worldwide, that inspires a spiritual meditation for a deep connection with our inner self and with the most high God, almighty, creator of all life, Jah Rastafari. God live on the hearts of all flesh. Good Over Evil! Life Over Death!
The Argentinean dub monkeys are back! After being included in the compilation Explorations In Dub (2013), their guest appearance on the Red Star Martyr’s album Time for Tea (2014) and the release of their own album Simona (2015), the brothers Mauro and Federico Salina from Mentoza (ARG) are back with more vibrations.
Their new album is entitled Sun Is Dub and includes eight musical dub-works. Compared to their previous works, their 2019 sound is much more mature, which is normal for every artist who respect his work and strives to evolve.
Starting with Navidub and following with Combination (with a vocal sample of the classic Indian singer Shruti Katkar) the album is a journey into the dub sounds and the cultures of the world. Sometimes melodic and organic, other times rhythmical and heavyweight, the dub is to be heard in all eight tunes of the album. The last track Simona, is a reference to their previous album, newly re-done ft. Unidub Estereo.
Following his Automatic Writing single, issued on the Autumn Equinox in late 2018, Brother Blue opens 2019 with Shoreline Drive, a 5-track EP of dub techno cuts and RP’s first release of the new year. It is also fitting that it should come out today, during the Super Blood Wolf Moon, a rare celestial event that echoes some of the themes on these tracks.
Musically, Shoreline Drive brings more excellent electronics on the deeper side of the spectrum to play with the rest of the Bedroom Compost catalog. Tim’s work is never less than superb and intimately engaging, and these five tracks are equal parts rugged techno rhythms, sultry dub chords and textured atmospheres that displace the listener. Shoreline Drive recalls not only Detroit classics like Echospace and Deepchord, but also many other deep moments in the Recycled Plastics library, from Ohrwert, Mon0, Axs, Zzzzra, Coppice Halifax and Textural Being, among others…In short, we are beyond happy to have Tim once again here with us, and Shoreline Drive feels both new and home-worn familiar, in all the best ways.
NOTE: The physical edition of Shoreline Drive also contains two additional tracks: “Automatic Writing (Version)” from BC72 and a 2018 remaster of “Summoning UFOs”, which previously only appeared on a compilation at the luxurious Silent Season label. With these two extras, Shoreline Drive becomes a 67-minute long dub trip, not to be missed!
released January 21, 2019
Composed by Matteo Minetti, Valerio Cottarelli, Stefano Damiano, Alessandro Mattei, Fabio Pieri, Paolo Chiriatti, Andrea Mazzini, Andrea Baldasseroni
Arranged by I Neurologici and Alessandro Mattei
Produced by I Neurologici
Detroit sound artist and producer Rich Sudney goes dark this time with his release Autumn Rehearsal. Having a deeper sound then his previous releases, DF-5 takes a hibernating attitude fit for the winter months. Deep, dark and deliberate but not void of his signature musical structure. Few are more reminiscent of sound tracks from the movie Koyaanisqatsi. Others are just uplifting as usual. Rich Sudney directs us in his sound to ready us for rehearsal.
Exactly a year ago, Tha Silent Partner kicked off the ten year celebration of his Platters series with the release of an addition to it… A Platters Intermission: BLUNTEDSESH. Well, it’s only fitting that today he closes out the celebration with an incredible addition.
As a project that was so special to Gregory ‘TSP’ Davis’, Platters, Act 8: A Beat Plate For Pete Rock was something that had to be just right if he was going to release it. As such, it took years for it to come to fruition. Not only is it a tribute to one of his favorite producers, it’s also dedicated to his father Lloyd Davis, who instilled in TSP his love of music at an early age.
With this one TSP explores the reggae sounds of Jamaica and it’s incredibly good! So why a Reggae vibe? TSP and Pete Rock share a common Jamaican background and much of the music that his father introduced to him to was reggae.
TSP and blocSonic want to wish you Happy Holidays! Thanks for another incredible year. Enjoy this one.
Platters 8?!? It’s great to be able to continue giving fans incredible selections of music to listen to. Thanks for another one, TSP!
Of course, thanks once again to you for downloading & listening. We always strive to deliver the music you’ll love. Please spread the word about blocSonic, if you enjoy what we do. Remember… everything we release is cool to share! Always keep the music moving… share it… blog it… podcast it! If you’re in radio… support independent music and broadcast it!
Our last release of the year comes to us from new artist MVar. His first
solo release on the label, and anywhere! He first released with us on
Futur[e]cho 2018, and brings a very mature sounding Dub Techno release
for his first on the label.
Dub Riots were formed in 2008 in Athens,Greece. They have been featured on a few compilations on Dubophonic (Explorations in Dub 2013, Legal Rmx 2016 and Reggae Sunjam Vol.I 2017 and Vol II 2018) and also on the Greek label Reggaewise with their first EP State Of Life in 2013. Having performed live as a dub duo all over Greece, but also in Cyprus, Belgium and Switzerland, it was about time to release their second EP and their first one on the label, doing their own dub-manipulations of some of the greatest reggae anthems.
On this release they meet Indamouse aka 3voice, another member of the Reggaewise crew based as well in Athens; a selector and producer influenced by the Jamaican soundsystem culture and the UK stepper style.
Alongside the mystical sound of Bluez on the melodica, they offer a fresh conception of well established tunes like Creation, Rat A Cut Bottle and Silence is Gold, tribute to the foundation artists of reggae music.
The Dubwegians where founded in the UK back in 2010, when Gary had the idea of starting a dub band. He, therefore, approached his old school friend Richy, whose guitar skills were always thought highly of. He just wanted to play bass in the band and not do any producing.
The band that Gary dreamed, never really managed to pull off. It kind of fizzled out after a while as people came and went, up for a jam and a smoke, but not up for putting in the hours of practice a band needs.
Gary and Richy decided to work as a duo, laying down some reworks of their favourite dub tracks. Having spent most of their life growing up in the south side of Glasgow, the River Clyde has been a great inspiration for them. This is how South of the River Clyde came about. The reference of course to the great Augustus Pablo is more than obvious.
Gary remembers: “We tried to capture the energy of a live band. In the absence of a drummer, it was a struggle for us to use a software, trying to capture the original warmth of analogue dub. It was a real learning experience; listening and trying to emulate these dub masterpieces. We have never done dub producing before and were slowly realizing some of the techniques used.”
South of the river Clyde includes 5 instrumental tracks; dub reworks of some great roots reggae masterpieces, produced back in 2011 with love and lots of passion. Richy played melodica and keyboards (and also guitar on “Sun is shining Dub), Gary played bass and covered all other sounds and production, using a laptop to overdub and edit their takes. Give thanks to Robert McWilliams for granting us the license to use the photo of the river Clyde in the artwork.
Culture Horn Sound System is a weighty and heavyweight Russian dub sound system from the town of Kremenki in the Kaluga region in Russia. Built in year 2012, it managed to gather at least a dozen of musicians are around it, forming a big musical family from all over Russia. Armed with dubplates from local and international artists produced exclusively for CHSS, their sound is constantly being improved. Culture Horn Sound System plays a very important role in the local sound system culture and scene of Russia, not only playing uncompromising roots reggae and heavyweight steppers, but also releasing their own reggae and dub compositions on vinyl.
On their first release on Dubophonic, Cullture Horn collaborate with Madi Simmons, hailing from the USA and Dubophonic resident artist Med Dred, representing the likkle island of Cyprus. Madi has been performing and recording music for the last 20 years, going through lots of blood, sweat and tears in the music industry. Having toured the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, California and the Midwest and being just recently voted as BEST MALE INDIE REGGAE ARTIST of 2018, Madi had a lots of ups and downs, nevertheless loving every minute of it and enjoying not following the rules of reggae music (whatever they are).
The EP includes all together 6 tracks: The first one is done ina dubplate style followed by a melodica version by Jahpapu and an uncompromising CHSS-dub. The second one is the title track, followed by a special melodica dubmix by Med Dred and a heavyweight dub by CHSS, demonstrating the uncompromising style of the artists. Culture Horn Sound System is coming to shake your town!
Appearing through the thick foliage with determination in it’s body. This being of ultimate mind and spirit, maneuvers around fallen plant-life as if it’s floating on air. Searching for the one place to call it’s own. Secret sanctuary as you will. A zone of comfort from this all to sensory deluged universe. Having traveled vast distances as a ghost. No other being had knowledge of it’s journey but for every step, it gained more and more understanding of the world we had thought was our own. For this simple creature shared the same vast unlimited ancient wisdom of the sky above and all the way down into the deeps of spirit. The “all seeing eye” ? Perhaps the embodiment of the reincarnated Buddha? It might be hard to believe that this powerful mind of incredible comprehension of all pleasure and pain, could cure all of our worldly woes. That is if we only could listen to it’s observations? Yes, the great enlightened one. No wounder the ancient Egyptians worshiped it.
insectorama presents the 80. Release and we say hello to a new artist on insectorama. his name is Antias and he bring us 2 perfect dubtechno tracks for the cold days. pure rhythm with chords , delays and echoes.i found no more words for this fantastic sound. listen and understand dubtechno!!!!!!!!
Tedium Swing adalah keisengan dari Zainal Arifin yang ingin tetap produktif di waktu luangnya. Tedium Swing memainkan musik lo-fi, atau swing, dan juga chillhop. Tak disangka keisengannya membuat musik sejak Juli 2017 hingga jadilah 18 lagu yang ia kemas dalam “Reflection”.
Jogja beberapa hari ini diguyur hujan tanpa ampun dari pagi hingga pagi keesokannya. Bahkan tidak memberikan jeda untuk sekedar menjemur pakaian; tidak memberikan kesempatan untuk berjalan ke warung burjo yang jaraknya hanya beberapa meter saja dari rumah tanpa kebasahan. Tapi kawan..masih ada payung jika tidak mau kebasahan. Atau kalau tidak mau basah-basah kehujanan kalian bisa hanya berdiam diri di rumah dan mendengarkan “Reflection”. Coba rasakan ‘percakapan ombak’ atau ‘reflection’ atau ‘saturdate’ yang kelabu. Atau track ‘doa minggu pagi’ dengan suara-suara oldiesnya membuat ingin bernostalgia.
DJ Illiad Mendel merupakan proyek bermusik bergenre
DJ-elektronik yang terbentuk sejak tahun 2016. Tahun 2016, DJ Illiad merilis
single berjudul “Underground Dance
Clubs” di bandcamp. Setelah itu di awal tahun 2017 ikut dalam CD kompilasi “Bhinneka Tungal Ika” besutan dari PROGANIZER
x ERMUSIC RCRDS.
We are starting a new series of releases, exploring and re-discovering Springline Records, one of the most underrated reggae and dub labels. It has been operational from 2003 until 2012, releasing music on vinyl, on audio tapes and later in digital format. With artists coming mainly coming from the UK underground, the style of the label was strongly influenced by the Jamaican roots music of the 70s with a sound very kin to that of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Black Ark studio.
But the resemblance to Black Ark studio goes far more than just the sound and the music. After 10 years of operation, two vinyl releases and many tapes and digital releases the label stopped its operations. All releases were discontinued in 2013 & all master recordings were lost or destroyed or on purpose deleted/thrown away, with the owner of the label deciding to put an end to that musical adventure. What is left nowadays are some articles and reviews on the internet, reminding the era of a great label, which unfortunately did not get the recognition it deserved.
All this happened at the time when Dubophonic was just starting its own musical adventure in 2013. We don’t know if it was meant to be, if a higher force controls everything and connects everything together, but thanks to Gibsy Rhodes, owner of Springline Records, we got our hands on some crucial tunes found forgotten on a hard disc, which was saved from destruction. Ruff takes, dubplates, alternative cuts, demos and a few unreleased works; a true treasure to our ears!
From our new series entitled The lost archive of Springline Records comes Sky Warrior Dub. It was never released before, until today! Foshan Roots was formed as a studio band by Thomas Dewey and Brad Turner in the summer of 2012 in the UK, working together on various projects (Roots, Reggae, Dub). Being able to establish a great connection and to overstand each other telepathically, the musical workings just started flowing. The name of their band reflects the vibes of their music.
All recordings & mixes were done in their own studio (CAF Studios) named after a very inspirational roots album. Brad & Tom play all the instruments themselves, shared out equally, so to give a different feel each time. Sky Warrior Dub consists of nine dubwise tracks in a deep rootikal style, reflecting the mystical vibes of the band! Welcome to Foshan Roots, the peaceful ZEN-warriors. Enjoy the journey to Jah music!
Fingerflood is an electronic music project born as a part of the many musical extensions of Gaetano Fontanazza.
What we have in this debut release, named “Beats and Stabs and Kick in Four,” is the strong intent to basically dive into the fat obscure electronic moods of dub techno, somehow near to the Berlin scene if you like. The release has an ideal split in the middle of its playlist, switching from dub techno to more dub idm-oriented tracks.
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