PROFESSING TO BE THE SOUND OF AN ICEBERG CRUISING THE JAMAICAN COASTLINE THE WHACKED OUT DIGI-DUB EXPERIMENTS OF FROID DUB HAVE STOOD OUT AS SOME OF THE BEST OF THE CURRENT CROP OF PRODUCTIONS THAT SIP FROM THE CUP OF DUB. HERE SPICE ROUTE PROFILES THE TWO VETERAN PRODUCERS BEHIND THE PROJECT AS WELL AS THEIR GLORIOUSLY IDIOSYNCRATIC LABEL DELODIO.
Dub is like a long echo delay, looping through time. Regenerating every few years, sometimes so quiet that only a disciple could hear, sometimes shatteringly loud, dub unpicks music in the commercial sphere. Spreading out a song or a groove over a vast landscape of peaks and deep trenches, extending hooks and beats to vanishing point, dub creates new maps: sound sculptures, sacred sites, balm and shock for mind, body and spirit. David Toop defines Dub in Mixmag (December 1992)
Much of this years Dub and Reggae chart compiled by the Wire’s resident Dub sage Steve Barker contains, to paraphrase him slightly, music operating at the periphery of the orthodox core of these genres; tracks by the likes of Al Wootton and Om Unit typify a year of widespread dalliance with dub; where a subverted dubwise methodology has been applied with wild abandon to non-reggae sound material and reflects, according to Barker, a prevalent production modus operandi- one that dwells in ‘abstract, tangential and referential zones’.