Friday, June 5, 2015

Discomix Danger: Kojak, Seamus Ikonya, Clifton Yeates, U Roy, Prince Jazzbo


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WWW, June 2015 - Five traditional Roots Reggae discomixes: it's a showcase EP. Five extended tracks, with the first half carrying the original Reggae riddim with full length lyrical content, followed by it's Dub version. Hence: Discomix Danger! Experience how Dub is actually transforming a Reggae track into a spaced-out piece of ear candy.

When the B-sides of Jamaican singles gradually changed from a mere instrumental version to a complete DUB work-out by ones like King Tubby's, all of this paved the way for the maxi-singles or twelve inch vinyl records: the extended mix containing both vocal and DUB version in one long stop mix, often called discomixes. This EP honors the tradition with five traditional discomixes, all created by Messian Dread in the Dubroom studio. Some material was pre-recorded in studio's like ARIWA, (most of) the vocals were licensed from Don Goliath but everything was completely re-arranged and fit into original Dubroom riddims.


1. Kojak - Prevail (Discomix) 7:24 (320 KBPS MP3)
2. Seamus Ikonya - Babylon System (Discomix) 6:24 (320 KBPS MP3)
3. Clifton Yeates - Come Hail The Lord (Discomix) 6:38 (320 KBPS MP3)
4. U Roy - Mash Down Satan (Discomix) 7:49 (320 KBPS MP3)
5. Prince Jazzbo - Natty Walk (Discomix) 8:22 (320 KBPS MP3)

Please do not re-publish the actual music, because unlike Dubroom releases before 2014, this release is © Messian Dread/Dubroom. Available for free: 128 Kbps/320 Kbps MP3 Files, CD Quality Wave Audio.



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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Release Announcement: Discomix Danger EP on June 5th 2015



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Three Weeks On The Edge Of Physical Life (Messian Dread Report February 19 2015)



WWW, February 19 2015 - There I was, just a couple of days before what would be my first live performance in this year, just a couple of days after an initial positive outlook and update I wrote about this 2015. There I was, in an ambulance on my way to the hospital where I found out I would have to undergo a life-saving surgery in yet another hospital. After three weeks of absence, I returned home yesterday and wrote the following report. 

It's a lesson which I never seem to learn: writing updates, sharing plans, finding out that things went different. You could do a research project analyzing updates and factual progress on this website. No difference about that when it comes to this report. This time, though, it's truly serious. Yesterday I arrived back home in a taxi after a three week absence and with the prospect of five weeks of recovery and an even longer revalidation process. Yes, indeed: a medical situation. A serious medical situation which -without intervention- would have caused my physical death. The direct reason I'm still here is the fact Jah used some magnificent surgeon and staff, intensive care personnel and a whole lot more medical people to keep this body alive.

In short: I'm out of the hospital, my body is recovering from surgery and situation. I'm unable to do most things I'm used to do, stuff like lifting things and working hours and hours in a row. I've got some serious fractures and wounds that need healing before they will turn into scars during the next weeks and only after that initial recovery will I have to go through a rather intense revalidation process. Yes, it's rather serious even though I'm not in any direct life danger anymore and with some adjustments I can, to quote the surgeon under whose knife I was for many hours, "get old".

At this moment, I can spend some time writing and I'll have to take short walks, but not too much. I get physically tired quite easy, can't do simple things like lifting a thing and even sleeping at night isn't giving the comfort it should give. I'm taking paracetamol 4 times a day to keep the worst pains away which is working wonders. Fortunately I'm a reluctant medicine taker so my body does respond very well whenever I do take a painkiller or whatever.

Exactly a week ago my wife got a phone call from the surgeon, that everything went well and I would soon wake up in the Intensive Care unit in the hospital, surrounded by all kinds of tubes and drains. During the surgery several vital organs went off-line and a machine kept me alive. Quite serious, especially when you're -like me- not used to all these things first hand. I only had a few medical situations in my life and they were all in the previous century. A broken arm, stuff like that.

In the two weeks before I could undergo the surgery, I was in the local hospital where I got the best care I could possibly get. The first week was one full of uncertainty, full of friends and family visiting and encouraging me with moral and practical support. In the second, things worsened and the seriousness of my condition became painfully clear. I had to focus on keeping my body alive and only my wife and father could visit me. I had to reserve every milligram of my mental strength to maintain my own condition, something completely new to me. In the same time I had to accept that I was taken care of, for that very same reason. This was all to keep my body from passing away...

At February 11 I was driven to a larger hospital where I spent the night, woke up at 6 am the next day and went "under the knife" about 90 minutes later. Some 24+ hours further on I was taken from the Intensive Care unit and was driven back to my hometown by ambulance the next Monday, February 16. Jah had blessed me with a quicker-than-average recovery and so I was released yesterday, February 18.

All of this leaves me in this current situation. Truly a time wherein the words "He Maketh Me To Lay Down" translate directly to my current condition, especially where it relates to this work on the Dubroom and "Planet Reggae". I still have to give most of my strength and energy to recovering. I know what I have to do, I have a very strong support base and some of the best and finest medical people to assist me in this process. This is a process, a project in which my body has to get fit so that my soul and spirit can do the things I'm supposed to do.

I'm not afraid for physical death. I've seen death in the face before. In fact, I know for a fact that the only reason I am not with Him in Zion already is because He wants to use me in this physical realm. For what, I don't know. That's not my business. It is my business to keep this body alive in every way possible. This rest and blessing is my drive to stay alive, not the fear of death itself. I wish that very same rest and blessing to you too, whoever you are and in whatever situation you are. 

Let me conclude this little report by saying that I do not have any plans other than to do what I can when I can. There is always a lot to do, but I haven't got any idea when I'll be working on what. After all, when my body isn't able to function there's very little I can do anyway...

One Love,
Messian Dread

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Has Arrived...



WWW, January 2015 - After a turbulent year both personal and in the musical field, this brand new year 2015 started nice and quiet. A New Year's greeting and update from the Dubroom webmaster.

A year ago, I was and was not looking forward to the upcoming year. It was around this day, that we've entered into a legal procedure which we knew would take about a year before it's completion. A very necessary procedure that would provide us with a much more stable living situation. We knew we had to go all through that 2014 in order to reach 2015 wherein this stable situation would be a fact. And yes, it is a fact. Thanks to Jah.

For me, personally, this means that we here have reached a situation where I -and others- have been working to establish in a seven yearlong process. After seven years, I can finally testify that Jah is good and what He promises comes to pass. 

So yes, a happy new year every body!

I've been quite productive musically during that final year 2014, a thing which I hopefully will be continuating in the upcoming year. For sure is that I'm scheduled to play music January 31 during JAH SESSIONS in my local home town of Drachten in the Netherlands. Another thing in the planning is to purchase a reverb and delay for use in a new studio set up. 

Pretty soon I'll start up the diesel engines again and begin to release more music, mixes, reviews and tutorials.

For now, I'm enjoying the vibe in this first year of what could be called a newly found freedom, the freedom to live the life I love and love the life I live. 

Not alone, in case you wondered. 

One Love,
Messian Dread

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Messian Dread - Dub Whyze (Dubroom Net Label Release)


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WWW, November 2014 - The urban, futuristic atmosphere of this release is depicted in the art work that comes with it. Over ten minutes of deep Dub created from two brand new original Dubroom riddims: here is Dub Whyze!

In many ways, this release marks the beginning of yet another change in the Dubroom's studio. With the recent arrival of Propellerhead's Reason 8.0 music production software and the Dubroom's in-depth coverage of the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) came changes for the way the music is actually produced. Those who follow the Dubroom recently will have noticed all this coverage as it was the sole focus of the Dubroom throughout the months October and November in this 2014. Several tracks have been created and put on You Tube as part of this coverage, but Dub Whyze is the first official release from the Dubroom's Net Label.

Both tracks have an effect on the vocals that is, to say the least, highly controversial. It works on the vocal and gives it a different melody. The effect is called "Auto Tune" and much is said about it. Some claim it can turn the worst voice into the best singer but that's not the way it's used in this release. As with everything in Dub, effects are there to be noticed and not to cover up anything. Love it or like it, but the effect does give a special vibe to the overall mix and in itself justifies the cover art.

No need for any further tech-know? Here's two tracks for your musical pleasure.


Murderation YY

The tempo is slow, drum and bass lay down a heavy line: When You Hear This One It's Serious. From start to end, that is. In a cool and dreadly pace that should not be underestimated. Horns, guitars and other instruments drop in and out as they get totally transformed by the multitude of effects and detailed mixing work. A Dub with a deeper meaning for real. 

Urban Poison

The city without pity. For a dread it can be hard to dwell in it. Keeping your roots and culture where they should be is often made impossible by a multitude of rules, regulations and repression. That's what this track is all about. A steppers drum with a bassline that says a thing or two, instruments and echo's get splattered into a million pieces like breaking glass: another hard hitting Dub from the Dubroom studio and net label.


1. Messian Dread - Murderation YY (5:15) (320Kbps MP3)
2. Messian Dread - Urban Poison (5:14) (320Kbps MP3)

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Willi Williams: "Smugg Records Are Pirates"


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WWW, October 3 1014 - In a very informative, but partly disturbing interview the Midnight Raver recently held with well known Reggae Singer Willi Williams, the Ammagideon Man was quoted about a release called "One Love". As the album was reviewed and promoted by the Dubroom, it was shocking to hear what the brethren had to say about this release. In short: it's pirated, don't buy!

Ask Bunny Wailer about the early Wailers Black Ark recordings you can find almost everywhere. Ask Scientist about his well-known Greensleeves Dub Series. Ask Willi Williams about "One Love. Not the concept, but the album. Released by UK-based Smugg Records. Who were so kind to send the Dubroom a promo copy years back when it was released. Which was subsequently reviewed and promoted from this very website.

This is what he has to say:

“The ONE LOVE record is a pirated record. These guys been releasing my records for years and no matter how you try to get to them to let them know that it is not legal they insist on doing it. I send plenty letters from my lawyers and every ‘ting but they are shady. Its a shadowy business but Smugg Records is one of the pirates, they just using that name to sell the records. Especially this new record was pirated by them at whoever is behind this Smugg Records. I even got to one of the guys one time and he was very shadowy and could not tell me how he got it because I have no agreement with them. You know I did some tracks way back with an individual named Steven King out of the UK – him have a label called Uptempo – I did a couple of tracks with him as producer and he went and took my tracks from these sessions along with some others and I suspect that is how they release these pirated records.”


The Book of life teaches us how "The Love For Money Is The Root Of All Evil". That's not the One Love Willi Williams sings about, that's not the definition of One Love over here in the Dubroom, either. That's the love for pounds, euros, dollars. The kind of love that brings people to make wars and kill millions.

Needless to say that from this place we offer our apologizes -without any objection- to Willi Williams for having promoted something that did not provide him with the daily bread that he works for so hard. 

Equally, we gladly extend this piece of information from Willi Williams aka The Messenger Man to everyone who considers buying or promoting the album. 

One Love (yes!),
Messian Dread (editor,


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Step It Up In Dub (EP) (Dubroom Net Label Release)


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WWW, October 2014 - Hard hitting Steppers riddims form the foundation of this EP featuring seven vocalists in three long and intense Dubwise mixes. Extreme Dub work-outs on the bass, in fact there's a lot of abuse of the effect devices overall in this release. While the vocalists deliver enough lyrical content, sounds of creation and full blown instrument sections add to the undeniable power of the drum and bass lines.

While the three tracks can be played as a single track, for example in a play list or DJ set, listening to the full 16+ minutes will put them in a perspective. This EP is about the power of the bass, which -as a scientific study recently documented- is not just a slogan chanted in the Dance or otherwise, but a reality. The bass as foundational sound? Here is where DUB undisputedly stands at number one. That's reality too!

The second track is very deliberately put in the center of the three-track release. It's about the sound of a much greater power than any man-made bass instrument. It's about a power described in oh so many Rastaman lyrics and that's the power of JAH, audible in the real thunder and lightning. In the first track we'll hear everything about the bass line, in the last track we're rising up the Red Gold and Green banner of Conscious Dub.

The power of the bass, of thunder and lightning, blesseth are those that know themselves to be rooted in JAH.

Of course, with this trinity of Dub track about (Jah) Power you're given a hint to search something about another Ikon of the Power of Jah, Who Himself is a Trinity just like we little people are (body, soul spirit). 

With such a foundation, yes, step it up!

Stepping it up in three different Dubwise mixes, wherein no instrument, voice, slider knob or button is left untouched. Even though everything stays coherent, the hardware was put to enormous work as sometimes no less than seven different effects are used in the same time. 

Stepping it up in three hard-hitting steppers riddims, all with real horns and real this-and-that and original Dubroom bass lines. Visit when you are interested in the more technical or legal aspects of this release, which is -as all Dubroom productions- fully legal and licensed.


Jah Rooti - Dub Up Di Bassline

It takes a while before you know what Jah Rooti is talking about, but after about 30 seconds or so you'll get the point more than clear. As the tune continues to develop after the initial start, effects are layered to the extend that it is no longer clear just what effect comes from which source. Not just nice for a little studio research but also for the enjoyment of Dub music. 

Then, everything drops except for the bass and Jah Rooti chanting about the bass line. Filters and reverbs are not spared and when the drums finally drops back in the Dub gets into a yet weirder phase, only to come back with full instruments and singing and lead to the end in yet another segment of full-effect style mixing.

Ras Khaleel - Pray Up In Dub (ft Aiva and Penti)

Definitely the center-piece of this EP, it's length being an indication of it's importance in the story of Step It Up In Dub. True sounds of nature open up, including a massive thunder roll. During this exposition of Jah Power, a melodica and Ras Khaleel lead us to the horns and Penti telling us what to do when we wake up in the morning: chant a psalm. Ras Khaleel enters asking for some positive thoughts while I and I pray as we pray about serious things.

Why does Babylon take our life for granted, killing our brothers and our sisters in a continual war against mankind and it's Creator? It should be about love, no hate should come around as we live this life that our Creator has given us. Once again, here is the message of One Love in Dub.

Excellent backing vocals by Aiva, crucial Horns by the Zion Train massive, intense Dub mixing from the Dubroom's in-house engineer, over six minutes of deep Dub meditation.

ADX - Dub Up Di Banner (ft Soulja and Penti)

Penti opens up giving a short history lesson before ADX continues to describe the current situation. Soulja takes over and calls for more love, honor and respect which is what has to be done in these current times of violence and hatred. Reggae, and especially DUB has spread from Jamaica to the UK to the whole world and has stood at the roots of virtually all electronic musical styles and techniques. 

Where the music is so influential, so should the Message that comes with this Music since ancient days. 

That's why we rise up the Banner of Red Gold and Green.

1. Jah Rooti - Dub Up Di Bassline (4:55) (320Kbps MP3)
2. Ras Khaleel - Pray Up In Dub (ft Aiva and Penti) (6:08) (320Kbps MP3)
3. ADX - Dub Up Di Banner (ft Soulja and Penti) (5:17) (320Kbps MP3)

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