RIYL: The new wave of dub techno

Label: Pawlacz Perski

We don’t hear much music coming out of Poland (at least, I don’t). When Anthony Fantano, otherwise known as the Needle Drop, mentioned this on his Facebook the other day I was tickled to say the least. One reason was that the guy never seems to cover any dub techno (I don’t really count Andy Stott as “dub techno”), and the other reason was that it was a compilation of dub techno artists, and not just one group/artist – new things for me to look in to, and for as you well. Doubts, like its cover, is an icy tide cascading on to a snow covered ground (the ground in this case will be your ears). Each track takes it liberties with the genre, but they all employ the instantly (with some of these tracks, not so instant) recognizable dub chords synonymous with dub techno. My favorite track on this has to be Static’s “Meeting By Chance.” Listen to the Bandcamp stream of Doubts below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

The Doubts compilation comprises dub techno tracks. Paide and Fischerle – the selectors and decision-makers – decided to change the artists’ standard direction of explorations. Trying to reverse the classic order of compilations alike, we invited the producers associated with widely understood experiment for whom the dub techno music has so far been an unexplored ground.

FOQL and RNA2 duet, known mainly for their strictly carved constructions, have presented a slowed-down and vast narration. Anunevenly gliding pulse, located in a deep wobbly rhythm, is surrounded by a layer resembling the static drones of Ellen Fullman. Mirt, on the other hand, embeds the track’s rhythmic section in field sounds and ambient acoustics. „Static” Meeting By Chance (Marcin Cichy’s project) was based on organic sounds sendingus back to Flanger’s hi-tech jazz. Footwork Rhythm Baboon speeds up the dub techno machinery to 160 bpms, and Łukasz Kacperczyk submerges the pulse in disturbuing psychodelia. Michał Wolski and Micromelancolié’s tracks resembling unimaginable study of extended sonic space complete the whole.

Doubts is a dub techno compilation of distorted and unclear roots. It is located somewhere at a critical point trying to extract some exhilarating potential.

Release formats: cassette + digital
Mastered by Plugaudiomastering
Design: Laura Kudlińska

released January 21, 2016

Price $5.6

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