Release Date: 20th March 2020
Unveiled near the close of the first decade of the new millennium, Clubroot entered the canon of the Dub-reflective-arts at a time when the genre had just begun its eventual shift from underground to overground music in terms of character, influence, and intention, which for a time signaled the curtain call on depth, musicality, and subtlety in the genre.
Nevertheless, Clubroot made its mark. A trilogy of purpose-built, pulse driving (yet deep listening) full-lengths and a handful of ep's followed, and in their wake came affectionate recognition, from pitchfork with a “best new music” rating and review, to a series of exclusive mixes on Mary Anne Hobbs' bbc1 radio program. In the succession of as many years, the three Trilogy albums marked the time period, and continue to be fan favourites to this day, outperforming many of the largest names in dubstep by many analytic metrics.
With the trilogy at a close, Clubroot set his sights on other areas of illumination, from photography to travel, with the occasional exclusive DJ gig in places such as Scotland, Poland, and Russia. New compositions would be a regular feature of these rare appearances, and for Clubroot's more fervent fans these events became a once in a lifetime experience.
As such, and near the close of the second decade, influences, inspiration, and cause have all once again converged, and from that will follow the Surface Tension series of ep's. Seasoned listeners will notice the signature sound of an artist they know and love, but with a pace that is somehow more immediate in its delivery and percussive elements, yet more based in the founding roots of classic UK garage. New listeners will find a perfectly form-filled sound which seems to inform all eras of the hardcore continuum, from its 90's roots to the future, all expressed with a signature which cannot be directly compared outside of perhaps the use of extensive multi-genre analogs.
a1. Clubroot - Conqueror
a2. Clubroot - Control
b1. Clubroot - Subterranean
Release Date: 29th May 2020
As witnessed in the preceding decades of electronic music fragmentation, it is a bit of a phenomenon that entire threads of sound exist elusively between the tempos and syncopation of rhythm and percussion of each respective genre. just as dubstep was evolved into & somewhat stumbled upon it is somewhat certain that many more areas of illumination lurk in the echoes & shadows of sound.
As has been hinted on sonically with Surface Tension I, Clubroot's previous release & first foray into the second decade of the new millennium, the elusive aforementioned producer from St. Albans has managed to alloy a new sound with the swing and BPM of uk garage, space, air and atmosphere of true dubstep, and with all the unparalleled virtuosity and unmistakable aural DNA of Clubroot, which we dare say is rarely equaled. in doing so, clubroot illuminates the realm of uk garage and electronic music in general towards a currently unforeseen future.
Surface Tension: II further explores these discoveries and further reinvents them in the process. starting with the expansive 'Infatuated'; with its gradual, intensifying movements towards the ultimate reveal, and supported by the equally singular 'Explorer' and 'For You', Surface Tension: II is as much an additional high watermark in clubroot's overall discography as it is a companion piece to Surface Tension: I in both its genre-straddling style and overall ethos, with the vinyl release being pressed on one-time 'solar flare' color vinyl featuring moving original art which stylistically continues the narrative through the as of yet not fully revealed tetraptych.
a1. Clubroot - Infatuated
b1. Clubroot - Explorer
b2. Clubroot - For You
Release Date: 28th August 2020
The far west has long been known as hollowed ground for Dub Reflective arts, from the birth of Reggae and subsequent Jamaican diaspora to the more recently developments that ultimately informed Dubstep. Many key figures have emerged on the left coast of the USA throughout these developments in Culture and Roots-centric Dubstep, with key among them being the surfacing of LoDubs, and its rise near the advent of the sound in 2006 serving to inform and cement Dub's true DNA at a time when the field of those carrying the torch throughout the region could be counted on a single hand.
Within this formative time period of the first wave of Dubstep those to the north of LoDubs land where also involved in spreading the sound, with one of the key bright lights being Daega Sound of Vancouver BC. Known far and wide for their live PA's and blistering exclusives weaved into them, it was always on the list for LoDubs to team up the with these two fraternal soundmen. That has finally been realized in the form of the two originals on this EP, “Gatekeeper” and “Second Strike”. Adding to that is the don of all dons Kromestar remixing the former with a creation that deftly piles the elements of the original into a swirling ominous tempest in which low, mid, syncopation and jungle-esque flourishes lay waste to the dance. All together a symbolic tome from three veteran stalwarts of the sound, still on top of their game.
a1. Daega Sound – Gatekeeper
a2. Daega Sound – Second Strike
b1. Daega Sound – Second Strike (Kromestar Remix)
Release Date: 26th November 2021
Calgary, AB's Boneless is back again following a pair of releases on Gourmet Beats and most recently Off-Switch Audio, featuring that low slung, classic era yet forward thinking production we all know from the great many appearances his tunes have made out live on dub and on mixes from the sort-of aformentioned Joe Nice, J;Kenzo and a boatload of others.
a1. Boneless - Earthbound
b1. Boneless - Emerald Shuffle
b2. Boneless & Inyoka - Ouch!
Release Date: 12th November 2021
Bukkha finally lands on LoDubs after over a decade of false starts and missed signals, and it's with a release he seemingly read our minds about wanting: A riddim album featuring some of the best toasting and instrumental performances yet on a release of its kind, rubbing it up with the likes of Dandelion of early Hyperdub renown, Jane Bee (the Ragga Queen of Germany) toasting in unison with fellow Jahtari Alumnus Roger Robinson, and Sarah Tobias, the current keeper of that classic Ska/Rocksteady/Roots Sax tone. Truly a melding pot of Roots-Centric sounds!
a1. Dandelion - Time For The Rebel
a2. Bukkha Meets Sarah Tobias - Inna Rubadub (Sax & Flute Cut)
b1. Jane Bee & Roger Robinson - End of The Line
b2. Bukkha - Inna Rubadub Version
Release Date: 11th February 2022
A pair of tunes that sit at an interesting place in the history of dub reflective arts. Conceived and released in the post-Burial Mix vacuum, but prior to the modern alliance of Dub Techno with true Dubstep. In short, a record that would be seen as the moment of that sea change had it not been so underground.
a1. El Rakkas - Seas of Disease
b1. El Rakkas - I & I
Release Date: 24th December 2021
To many AxH represents one of the few out there who has held underground strong through the many peaks and valleys of Dubstep, and as such pushed the sound forward all the while. Through Releases on Artikal, Boka, Tempa, and many more AxH has year over year maintained his position as the stateside stalwart. LoDubs is pleased to bring forth three new tunes emblematic of the AxH DNA: Fearsome, at times Frenetic, yet always forward thinking.
a1. AxH - Dream Creatures
b1. AxH - Shade
b2. AxH - Spy Vs. Spy
Release Date: 11th February 2022
Riddim master Stereotyp takes on two giants of the Dancehall world, Sizzla and Daddy Freddy, by way of a remix of and Al-Haca Soundsystem tune with the former, and Meesha Remixing him and the latter. a global dub-summit on 7 inches of wax.
a1. Al-Haca ft Sizzla - Break The Silence (Stereotyp Remix)
b1. Stereotyp & Al-Haca ft Daddy Freddy - One A Name Hittas (Meesha Remix)