Saturday, July 9, 2011

Jah Roots - Whole Lotta Dub (2002)

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WWW, July 2011 - Once lost but now found: straight from the dusty corners of the Dubroom Studio Archives, where this recording has been mixed probably somewhere in the early years of the 21st century. It's an instrumental track with a whole lotta live Dub mixing by Messian Dread and some masterful keyboard works of Sure D over an Ire One Drop rhythm laid down by Imro Fedor on Drums and Erik on Bass.

You could argue, that the title is not really covering the contents of the track. After all, there is not a single instance in which the drum and the bass play without any other instrument rolling along. Therefore, as said, this is an instrumental track.

Sure D, the keyboard player, recorded several tracks into the -rather primitive- multitrack, all showcasing his talents and skill. The drums was recorded rather primitive, too. Having no budget at all, just two microphones were used and since there was no bass microphone present, the bass drum doesn't really come forward in the mix. Still, a tight drum and bass section can easily be discerned.

So, what about the title?

The answer is obviously in the mix itself. Even though the keyboards are never completely cut off, there is still a Whole Lotta DUB mixing going on. It was mixed live by Messian Dread, everything done in just one take, with the intention to apply subtle Dub mixing in order to emphasize the talents of the players of instruments.

No programming was involved whatsoever during the whole process. In fact, the computer is only used to record the mix and subsequent mastering. Definitely a rare recording, too good to not be shared with those that are interested in the Dubroom's history.


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