Release Date: 1st May 2020
Blind Prophet returns to Dub-Stuy with the Clash EP, showcasing his versatility and increasing maturity as a producer. Following two previous 12” singles for the label, the Portland producer takes full flight with a 5-track EP exploring various tempos and styles of bass music, old and new. To take us along the journey, he is accompanied by various friends from the global sound system scene including Rider Shafique, Redders, Titus 12, and Tailored Sound from Bristol, Tenor Youthman from Russia, and GREAZUS from Vancouver.
“Dollar Trap” begins the EP with some jazzy digital dub vibes. Tailored Sound accompanies Blind Prophet’s laid-back riddim with his saxophone, playing against the relaxed chatting style of Tenor Youthman who expounds on the dangers of money.
“Clash”, the EP’s title track is Blind Prophet’s dedication to early 90s UK steppas, ominous vibes with lots of space in which the bass and drums can stretch... This is a warning! Closing the A side is a collaboration with the duo GREAZUS that sees the three producers mixing up jungle breakbeats, half time dropouts, and dub heavy bass. The tune is completed by Redders, who mixes up vocal stylings in his own inimitable way.
“Conquer Yuhself” opens up the B side with Blind Prophet’s take on the classic dub techno sound, a slowly unfolding and immersive rhythm track with floating strings and washes of reverb and echo on which Rider Shafique brings some uplifting spoken word about overcoming self-doubt and believing in yourself. Think classic Rhythm & Sound vibes updated for 2020. Closing the EP is “Delay The Storm,” a hip-hop beat with tinges of reggae on which Titus 12 adds dubbed out scratches as well as some harmonica melodies in the finest Augustus Pablo tradition.
The Clash EP is a truly international collaboration celebrating the diversity of sound system culture, paying homage while looking forward ever!
a1. Blind Prophet - Dollar Trap ft. Tenor Youthman & Tailored Sound
a2. Blind Prophet - Clash
a3. Blind Prophet & GREAZUS - Another Soundboy Falling ft. Redders
b1. Blind Prophet - Conquer Yuhself ft. Rider Shafique
b2. Blind Prophet & Titus 12 - Delay The Storm
Release Date: 8th November 2019
The fourth instalment of Dub-Stuy’s riddim series takes a slight detour from its modern dancehall focus with a darker, hip hop influenced riddim featuring contributions from an international cast of vocalists affiliated with the label.
Santa Muerte Riddim puts forward a new sound for the series with a fresh beat courtesy of Brooklyn producer Jonah Freed. The slower 80bpm riddim combines a hypnotizing string melody, eerie sweeps and punching boom bap kicks bringing to mind the heydays of 90’s NYC reggae hip-hop or classic Bristol fusion styles (think the Wild Bunch, Portishead or, more recently, the Young Echo crew). In fact the riddim has a direct tie to Bristol. After Freed first made it, while studying in Chicago when he was just 18, he sent it to Bristol MC Rider Shafique and the two eventually connected for a show in town where Young Echo member Kahn wheeled up the song. After that it was clear this was a riddim that needed to be put out into the world.
Taking turns on the vocal tracks are three artists with a wide stylistic range. Bristol’s Rider Shafique kicks things off with striking confidence, his laid-back flow flexing between boasts and elevated reflections to make ‘Santa Muerte’ a new outernational standard. Next up is veteran NYC artist Jahdan Blakkamoore who showcases his versatility and delivers an uplifting call to leave violence behind on ‘Liberation Over Liberace’. Pupajim from Stand High Patrol takes on the last version with “Open Mindedness”, an unexpected rendition of the riddim laced with a layer of Rhodes harmonies. With his unmistakable vocal style, the french MC urges the music industry to break down musical barriers and embrace the diversity of styles and sounds.
To echo Pupajim’s lyrics, the Santa Muerte Riddim is a testament to the rich history of fusion and eclecticism in sound system culture.
a1. Rider Shafique - Santa Muerte
a2. Jahdan Blakkamoore - Liberation Over Liberace
b1. Pupajim - Open Mindedness
b2. Jonah Freed - Jitta Riddim
Release Date: 27th September 2019
Dub-Stuy lines up another party anthem with Dancehall Saga, a new 12” single featuring Paris-based producer Von D and Kingston vocalist Blackout JA. Both artists have previously contributed to the label, Von D with the acclaimed Wicked Scam EP and Blackout JA on Dubamine’s single “Nicodemus.”
On Dancehall Saga, Von D and Blackout JA team up for a collaboration that is sure to hit all the right notes for those who like to get busy in the dance. Fresh from a series of releases on his own Dub Galore imprint, Von D combines a syncopated dancehall inspired beat pattern with the pressure of high-grade dubstep to cook up a stomping riddim with enough weight to clear a path straight for the reload.
Blackout JA flexes his deep, rugged flow and invites one and all to partake in the vibe of the dancehall, namechecking everything from ganja to Instagram to Sister Nancy’s classic “Bam Bam.” Flip to the B-side for Von D’s dub treatment, putting the deadly riddim front and center with classic dub flourishes as bits of Blackout JA’s vocal and piano and guitar licks echo across the track.
The Dancehall Saga SP is another sureshot from Dub-Stuy, essential 21st century soundsystem music sure to resonate with fans and newcomers worldwide. The single is set for release on digital and vinyl formats and will also feature a very special video with dancers filmed by Raatid Magic Films in Jamaica.
a1. Von D Ft Blackout JA - Dancehall Saga
b1. Von D - Dub Saga
Release Date - 23rd November 2018
DJ support from Mala, Toddla T, Moresounds, Simbad and more.
DJ Madd continues his futuristic bass explorations on Dub-Stuy with his second solo single for the label.
Dub-Stuy closes 2018 with a new 12” from DJ Madd, a regular contributor to the label whose productions can be heard on the label’s riddim series and countless dubplates. For his second solo release on Dub-Stuy, the producer delivers a two tracker featuring some of his first productions written with hardware, including the Roland TR-8 drum machine. The two 170 bpm bass-heavy rollers follow from the forward-thinking hybrid dub Madd first displayed on his 2015 label debut, “Kingdom”.
“Dub Champion” kicks things off with ominous horn stabs and vocal samples leading into Madd’s trademark style: swift percussion, catchy leads, subtle effects and chest-rattling bass. A robust riddim for the late night dancefloor shifts.
Backing this up is “Ghetto Sound,” an energetic instrumental number that unfurls with dubby effects and a tight combination of funky rhythm and bass. Watch for the second drop for a subtle nod to reggaeton and afrobeats polyrhythms!
Dub Champions SP is another tightly packed single in line with Dub-Stuy’s commitment to current dancefloor sensibilities rooted in dub music.
a1. DJ Madd - Dub Champion
b1. DJ Madd - Ghetto Sound
Release Date - 12th October 2018
Dub-Stuy lines up its second release from New York’s Blind Prophet just in time for summer. “Rastaman Chat” is a bass-heavy skanker featuring London based Ras Demo aka Demolition Man and backed by a large drum & bass remix from Greek producer FLeCK.
The SP’s title track combines lilting chords and delayed stabs with a rub a dub-inspired beat and the bass weight of dubstep to provide the perfect backdrop for Ras Demo’s fast spitting lyrical flow. The singer’s uplifting message pulls from the teachings of the rasta faith, celebrating its uncompromised moral principles and liberating power in the face of oppression from mainstream society.
Backing the title track is an energetic drum & bass remix from Athens based producer FLeCK, who first connected with the Dub-Stuy crew at Outlook festival. Keeping true to his “Dub to Jungle” philosophy, he speeds up proceedings to give the dancefloor a workout in classic junglist fashion.
A summer anthem in the waiting, this new single from Dub-Stuy celebrates the label’s foundations while keeping things fresh and pushing forward, ever.
a1. Blind Prophet ft. Ras Demo (Demolition Man) - Rastaman Chat
b1. Blind Prophet ft. Ras Demo (Demolition Man) - Jungleman Chat (FLeCK Remix)
Released 20th April
Following the success of last year’s Kunta Kinte 2017 riddim, Brooklyn-based label and collective Dub-Stuy add a new installment to their popular dancehall inspired series with a fresh riddim from in-house producer DJ Madd, featuring international vocalists from Jamaica, Spain and Bermuda. Jitta Riddim is a brand new production from DJ Madd; a sturdy yet spacious riddim carried forward by a lilting melody and guitar stabs that are anchored by slapping snares, dub flourishes and a rolling bassline. This is a weighty but energetic riddim with the dancefloor in mind. Bringing the riddim to life are a trio of vocalists representing the roots and global expansion of dancehall and sound system music. Spain’s Sr. Wilson delivers an anthem in the making with ‘Zapatillas’, a song dedicated to all the sneaker heads worldwide who like to sport fresh kicks when they hit the dancefloor. Singing in his native Spanish and English, Sr. Wilson shares tales of daily shoe addiction around a catchy refrain that name checks the best known brands. His blend of reggaeton-flavoured autotune and kicks geek outs is sure to resound loudly around clubs worldwide. Backing him is Jamaican veteran deejay Cutty Ranks , a man who’s been lending his distinct flow to productions for over 30 years. On ‘Double Trouble’ Cutty speaks to the daily realities of life on the streets and the ills keeping people down, warning of the trouble that awaits those in charge. Wrapping up the release is Bermuda’s Troy Berkley who aims his vocal rifle straight to the orange-skinned resident of the White House, spitting rapid fire lyrics about the deteriorating state of things in 2018 America. Lace up your sneakers and get ready to move and chant with Dub-Stuy’s new riddim.
a1. Sr. Wilson - Zapatillas
a2. Cutty Ranks - Double Trouble
b1. Troy Berkley - Orange Is the New Black
b2. DJ Madd - Jitta Riddim
Ras G and Moresounds explore the outer reaches of sound system culture for Dub-Stuy’s new collaborative series of EPs. Brooklyn-based label Dub-Stuy kicks off 2018 with the inaugural release of a new EP series dedicated to unearthing and celebrating the outer reaches of sound system culture. Taking its cue from the classic dub releases where two producers would face off with their own versions, Dub-Stuy’s Meets series brings together artists who have a clear dub influence but do not operate solely within the sphere of the dub and reggae world. The first such meeting is between Los Angeles beat supremo Ras G (Brainfeeder, Stones Throw) and Paris junglistic dub scientist Moresounds (Cosmic Bridge, Astrophonica).
Ras G Meets Moresounds features two brand new productions from each artist exploring the more experimental side of dub. On his side of the release Ras G freaks traditional dub riddims in a hip-hop style by slowing the bpm down, amping up the bass and smothering the tracks with echo and reverb. “Gorilla Glue” adds animal sounds and a hypnotizing flute melody reminiscent of Augustus Pablo, while “Global Shit-uation” goes deeper by juxtaposing bright keys with a wall of sirens and computer noises, as if Sun Ra had landed in Kingston for a jam with Tubby.
For his half of the release Moresounds taps into the melting pot of energy he’s become best known for, a perfect blend of dance music, hip-hop and dub. “We A Tribe” brings together traditional dub melodies with menacing synth lines, a steady kick snare pattern and a rowdy bassline. “Deep Base” taps into the steppers vibe with a marching drum beat and floating percussion rubbing against ominous melodies and an ocean of sampled sounds.
A celebration of the timeless impact of dub on modern music, Ras G Meets Moresounds shows how versatile dub music can be today and how far it has come from its Kingston roots. Strap in, light one up and get ready for a deep dub dive.
a1. Ras G - Gorilla Glue
a2. Ras G - Global Shit-uation
b1. Moresounds - We a Tribe
b2. Moresounds - Deep Base
Release Date: 22nd December 2017
Paris-based producer Von D debuts on Dub-Stuy with a four-track EP of hair-raising and socially-conscious dub music boasting a cast of world-class vocalists and musicians.
The EP centers around its title track, a spacious and heavy riddim with a deadly groove, live guitar, and a stunning lyrical turn from NYC’s Jahdan Blakkamoore. Showing his versatility, Jahdan adapts seamlessly to the riddim’s contortions to deliver a damning statement of the wicked scam politicians and the 1% are running on the rest of us. “Liberation over Liberace!”
Continuing the social theme of the title track, London’s self-styled future dancehall singer Don Cotti lends his rugged voice to ‘Mek A Truce’. The track unfolds somewhere in between song and dub version, with horns and sound effects taking turns between Cotti’s incantations for people to “mek a truce” regardless of race or religion. The last collaboration on the EP sees Von D reach back to the music’s foundation with a vocal from Lone Ranger, a Jamaican deejay who began his career with Coxsone’s Studio One in the 1970s. On ‘Till A Morning’, he shows off his finely-honed chatting by inviting all to come and dance over a jumping riddim featuring live guitar, bass and piano.
Closing the EP is a sample of the legendary Bunny Lee talking about King Tubby and Lee Perry birthing dub before Von D unfurls his own studio experimentation on ‘Surrealiste Skank’, a dedication to the timeless power of dub music.
Wicked Scam further cements Von D’s talent for combining an authentic sound with a modern ear. The bass envelopes the listener without ever choking them, the melodies uplift the soul, and the lyrics feed the mind.
a1. Wicked Scam featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore
a2. Mek A Truce featuring Don Cotti
b1. Till A Morning featuring Lone Ranger
b2. Surrealiste Skank
Released 13th October 2017
Dub-Stuy welcomes up and coming producer Blind Prophet for a conscious dub release in collaboration with Russia’s Tenor Youthman and Italy’s Numa Crew.
Long Island, New York's Blind Prophet makes his debut on Dub-Stuy Records alongside the vocal talents of Tenor Youthman , one of the founders of Russia’s Lion Posse sound system. ‘ Marijuana Burns Capitalism ’ is a deep and meditative social statement sure to move the dance and stimulate the heads.
On ‘Marijuana Burns Capitalism’, Blind Prophet lays down a solid riddim, with a deep driving bassline and a bubbly harpsichord skank, for Tenor Youthman to sing about the liberating properties of hemp in fighting the evils of mass production and capitalism. The result is a simple and effective cut backed by a sparse dub that lets the drums and bass roll out to full effect.
The flip side sees Florence’s Numa Crew deliver their own fire for the dance with another straight to the chest dub version that focuses on the bassline and Tenor’s unique vocal style.
A 12” for the massive that continues the uplifting sound system music Dub-Stuy is known for.
a1. Blind Prophet ft. Tenor Youthman - Marijuana Burns Capitalism
a2. Blind Prophet - Dub Burns Capitalism
b1. Numa Crew Burns Capitalism
Released 9th June 2017
Dub-Stuy links Bukkha with UK grime stalwart Killa P for a dark, sound killing anthem.
Dub-Stuy expands on their vision for 21st century sound system music with a new 12” that brings together resident producer Bukkha and one of grime’s most recognisable voices, Killa P . The result is a deadly cut that takes no prisoners and is backed by an equally heavy instrumental.
‘Death Chat’ is arguably one of Dub-Stuy’s most ambitious collaborations to date. Bukkha crafts a dub meets grime riddim that builds from filtered keys into a ten-ton heavy monster. Killa P, who has collaborated with The Bug and is fresh from a turn on Sir Spyro’s ‘Topper Top’, delivers cutting lyrics in his instantly recognizable patois-inflected style, with each bar building tension toward a sonic climax.
Backing up this dancefloor sureshot is ‘Ethiopian Dub’, an instrumental that samples its vocal and melodic hook from an obscure dubplate and whirls both around a steady beat and bass line solid enough to punch through walls.
With this latest 12” for Dub-Stuy, Bukkha shows his versatility and delivers an anthem that no sound can test..
a. Bukkha ft. Killa P - Death Chat
b. Bukkha - Ethiopian Dub
Released 7th April 2017
Dub-Stuy’s riddim series returns with a fresh take on a Jah Shaka classic
Dub-Stuy returns with the second installment of their riddim series in which the Brooklyn-based collective pays homage to the tradition of Jamaican dancehall riddims with a fresh modern twist and versions from an international line-up of vocalists.
Following an update of King Jammy’s Punanny riddim on the first release of the series, Dub-Stuy is taking on yet another classic. This time, DJ Madd brings the classic Kunta Kinte riddim into the 21st century with rolling drums, floating percussion, and weighty bass anchoring the timeless and irresistible melody that has come to define the riddim for generations of fans. First brought to the attention of UK dub fans by the mighty Jah Shaka , and originally recorded by a little known band from Battersea, Kunta Kinte has become a staple of dub music’s evolution, with its eponymous flute melody making numerous appearances over the decades in both underground and mainstream hits. For their 2017 edition, Dub-Stuy has brought three different vocalists from Jamaica and Europe to voice the riddim in a positive stance: Kingston legend Burro Banton preaches to the youth on ‘Nah Sell Out’; Rider Shafique, whose unique voice and delivery has been a hallmark of the Bristol scene for the past few years, travels Over The Oceans to celebrate the links between worldwide sound system fans; and finally France’s Shanti D takes a break from his work with OBF to bring it all together Inna Different Style.
With Kunta Kinte Riddim 2017, Dub-Stuy takes us on a journey through the history of a famed riddim, connecting both style and sound from past dub sessions to current dancefloors.
a1. Burro Banton - Nah Sell Out
a2. Rider Shafique - Over The Oceans
b1. Shanti D - Inna Different Style
b2. DJ Madd - Kunta Kinte 2017 Riddim
Released 31st March 2017
UK legends Brother Culture and Vibronics meet new blood Bukkha and Madplate Sound for a 12” of deep steppers vibrations.
Dub-Stuy Records kicks off 2017 in fine style with another heavyweight 12” release that brings together four artists from America, Italy, and England for a transcontinental dub collaboration inspired by Jah Shaka sessions. ‘Obliterate’ sees American producer Bukkha return to the label in collaboration with the Italian duo of Madplate Sound and longstanding UK dub legend Vibronics on remix duty. Brixton-based vocalist and regular Dub-Stuy collaborator B rother Culture provides the vocals.
After hearing Dub-Stuy’s first 12”, ‘Back To Africa’, Bukkha was inspired to create something with a similar traditional steppers style. He sent the project to Madplate Sound (a young duo who have released on Moonshine and worked with Italian vocalist Marina P) and together they crafted the ‘Obliterate’ riddim, a deep and meditative track featuring earth-shattering bass and militant snares. Brother Culture then added lyrics that reflect on history and call on listeners to obliterate evil, chase away doubt, and take a proud and strengthening stance. The song is delivered in a classic three-part format with original vocal, vocal dub, and instrumental dub. On the flip side, UK producer Vibronics - who connected with Dub-Stuy after they shared a bill in France - delivers ‘Obliterated Version’, his own three-part reinterpretation of the original, expanding the track further with additional instrumental layers and rousing melodies while keeping the bass pressure high.
‘Obliterate’ is a spiritual yet dancefloor-minded 12” that sets the tone for 2017.
a1. Bukkha & Madplate Sound ft. Brother Culture - Obliterate (Part I)
a2. Bukkha & Madplate Sound - Obliterate (Part II)
a3. Bukkha & Madplate Sound - Obliterate (Part III)
b1. Vibronics ft. Brother Culture - Obliterated Version (Part I)
b2. Vibronics - Obliterated Version (Part II)
b3. Vibronics - Obliterated Version (Part III)
Released 20th January 2017
An exclusive bass-heavy official relick of Tristan Palmer’s classic Joker Smoker.
Dub-Stuy Records closes 2016 with one last 12” from Californian producer Dubamine who lends his new school dub touch to a classic- Tristan Palmer ’s ‘Joker Smoker’. Palmer himself recorded a new vocal to fit with Dubamine’s reimagining of the song, which takes the riddim to new deep and cavernous ends. The result is a party anthem that resonates from Jamaica to dancefloors world-wide. This is the first official relick of ‘Joker Smoker’, which was originally released in 1982 by Greensleeves on the album of the same name produced by Jah Thomas.
On the flipside, Dubamine teams up with another upcoming Bay Area producer, Saule , for ‘Jimini Dub’. Together the pair have concocted a stripped back, weighty instrumental that brings to mind classic eyes-down vibes from the likes of Mala and Skream. The pair met in Santa Cruz and their collaboration shows the strength of a new generation of local producers picking up from the trails blazed by the likes of Matty G in the past decade. This will be Saule’s second vinyl release, following his debut on Joe Nice’s Gourmet Beats label earlier this year.
a. Dubamine ft. Tristan Palmer - Joker Smoker
b. Dubamine & Saule - Jimini Dub
Released 30th September 2016
The next single from Dub-Stuy Records marks a return to conscious messages and uplifting vibrations with an international collaboration between American producer Bukkha and Brazilian vocalist Junior Dread alongside a remix from Paris’ Moresounds. ‘Guns N Fiyah’ speaks to the ills of the world and the growing cries for justice emanating from the streets of America, Syria, and Brazil.
Bukkha, originally from Louisiana and now based in Spain, follows remix and behind-the-scene dubplate collaborations with Dub-Stuy with an irresistible stepping production for his first vinyl release on the label. Inspired by classic UK steppers and dub, ‘Guns N Fiyah’ is driven by a heavy bass line with floating guitar licks and ominous horns. Completing the production is a stunning vocal performance from São Paulo’s Junior Dread. One of the brightest rising stars on the international reggae scene, Junior Dread calls upon listeners with a conscious message that rises to a fever pitch in the chorus. Molded in the finest tradition of protest music, ‘Guns N Fiyah’ is an inspirational rallying cry for modern dancefloors.
The 12” also includes two dub versions of the title track: one by Bukkha and a special from Moresounds, the Parisian producer who’s been making waves in the bass music scene with releases for Om Unit and Doc Scott. As only he can, Moresounds transforms the original into a deep and cavernous eyes-down skanker. Completing the release is ‘Cocaine Dub’ by Bukkha, a bottom-heavy riddim that draws its own line between classic dub vibes and modern bass music.
a1. Guns N Fiyah ft. Junior Dread
a2. Dub N Fiyah
b1. Guns N Fiyah (Moresounds Dub)
b2. Cocaine Dub
Released 19th August 2016
Brooklyn’s Dub-Stuy announces a new release series inspired by the tradition of Jamaican dancehall riddims and their enduring popularity. Taking a cue from Greensleeves’ rhythm album series, Dub-Stuy’s riddim series reimagines classic dancehall anthems with a bass music twist and a worldwide line-up of vocalists.
The first in this new series is an update to King Jammy’s 1986 Punanny riddim by Brooklyn-based DJ Madd, who adds a double-time swing, pulsing 808 kicks and some serious sub bass pressure to the original while keeping the unforgettable hook intact. Taking turns to vocal the riddim is a cast of four MCs: Turbulence, Kingston’s rudeboy-turned-rasta whose breakout single Notorious still rings loud today; Mikey General, the British-born singer whose beautiful tenor is a fixture of conscious reggae music; Miss Red, the young Israeli female MC taking the European scene by storm; and Kurry Stain, an upcoming lyricist from Kingston who has been working with JA Productions. Each MC brings their own distinct style to the track, giving us four versions of a timeless classic.
Punanny 2016 is released as a 2x7” pack - perfect for the vinyl fans and collectors - and in digital formats with colourful artwork that celebrates the legacy of this classic. A summer anthem ready to burn up the dance from Kingston to Tokyo!
a. Turbulence - Bun Dem
b. Mikey General - Nah Diss Jah People
c. Miss Red - Nuh Bad Love
d. DJ Madd - Punanny 2016 Riddim
Repress Release Date: 4th December 2020
Dub-Stuy Records welcomes a new artist to its ranks, California’s Dubamine. The young producer has been active since 2009, with a string of digital-only releases, and String Up The Sound marks his vinyl debut with four tracks that trace direct links between roots, reggae, hip-hop, and bass music. The EP features the vocal talents of Jamaica’s Blackout JA, London’s Brother Culture, a long-standing voice in the sound system community, and DC-based Carlton Livingston, a Jamaican legend best known for his work with the Greensleeves and Jah Life labels. String Up The Sound is a meeting of styles and generations.
The EP’s three vocal tracks -- ‘Nicodemus’, ‘String Up The Sound’, and ‘Good Morning Jamaica’ -- offer sureshot summertime anthems with memorable hooks over production that blends the best of DMZ’s eyes-down philosophy with vocal-driven contemporary dub reggae in the vein of Mungo’s Hi Fi. The release is completed by the instrumental ‘Murda Style’, a subtle and powerful forward riddim inspired by dub techno and a minimalist aesthetic reminiscent of Rhythm & Sound. This debut by Dubamine combines bass weight, legendary voices, and sound system aesthetics to please multiple generations of bass-loving fans.
a1. Dubamine - Nicodemus ft Blackout JA
a2. Dubamine - String Up The Sound ft Brother Culture
b1. Dubamine - Good Morning Jamaica ft Carlton Livingston
b2. Dubamine - Murda Style
Released 1st April 2016
Brooklyn’s Tour de Force (TDF) begin 2016 with an update to one of their best, and most loved, dubplate weapons. Soundboy Prayer was written in late 2013 and has spent the past few years as a centerpiece of TDF sets, wreckin’ havoc on the Dub-Stuy system with its iconic Johnny Osbourne vocal sample, trampling horns, and dark melodies. Consistent support from DJs and crowd reaction convinced TDF to dust off the riddim and give it a full release. The official 12” refreshes the production with added bass weight, a new arrangement, and a cavernous dub version.
Backing the original and its dub are two remixes from producers within the worldwide sound system community whose approach echoes TDF’s blend of reggae and bass music. Chopstick Dubplate’s Jacky Murda, who has worked with Barrington Levy, Top Cat, and Johnny Osbourne himself, was a natural fit to capture the junglist vibe of the original and turn it into an energetic jungle remix that begs for the rewind. Poland’s Radikal Guru, one of the brightest lights of the European dub community, provides the second remix, keeping things dubby and nice with a blend of reggae and dubstep that emphasises catchy string melodies and a weighty bass line. “Radikal Guru’s approach to blending traditions has been an inspiration for us,” says TDF Q-Mastah, “so he was a natural choice for this release.”
a1. Soundboy Prayer (feat. Johnny Osbourne)
a2. Dub Prayer
b1. Soundboy Prayer (Jacky Murda Remix)
b2. Soundboy Prayer (Radikal Guru Remix)
DJ Madd Collaborates with Brooklyn’s Dub-Stuy Records in an experimentation of sounds and styles rooted in sound system culture.
In their commitment to forging new pathways through the histories of roots, riddim and rigs, Dub-Stuy Records has again taken the road less traveled and unearthed fresh sounds. International bass music producer D J Madd b rings his dubstep-gone Brooklyn dubwise fusion to the table in his new two-track single release entitled K ingdom.
The USA-based, Hungarian-born DJ’s sound is diversifying as he harkens back to the bone-shaking basslines and the lowest sonic lows associated with his classic dubstyle production. On both K ingdom a nd its B-side B rooklyn Rudeboy, Madd experiments with an unorthodox tempo given his 140bpm background. Using elements reminiscent of Drum and Bass, Jungle and Footwork, he combines 808 bass and rolling snares with his hallmark sound inspired by Reggae Dub and sound system music.
Given Dub-Stuy’s dedication to searching for new connections in a contemporary Sound System-inspired soundscape, the collaboration between the Brooklyn based label and DJ Madd came naturally. Eager to enter the Brooklyn dialog, it is no secret that DJ Madd derives inspiration from Dub-Stuy’s custom sound system. “ Sound system to me is when you step into a venue and you see that those boxes weren't made in a factory. It always has that special touch when you meet someone and they start to tell a story how they started to build it with their own hands. All the energy that went into it and now you're getting to play on it!”
a. DJ Madd - Kingdom
b. DJ Madd - Brooklyn Rudeboy
On their new single “Back to Africa”, NYC’s Tour De Force links up with Jamaican MC Ranking Joe and Brooklyn’s future bass producer Doctor Jeep
Building off their seminal debut LP “Battle Cry” and its follow up spin-off remix album “Battle Cry Remixed”, Brooklyn’s Tour De Force (TDF) connects with veteran Jamaican MC/deejay Ranking Joe on their new single “B ack to Africa” . Together, they deliver a thunderous anthem, bringing together TDF’s heavyweight production style with Ranking Joe’s wailing vocals scattered with his trademark speedy tongue twisters. The vocal track is complemented by a dub version and a dancefloor-driven remix by Brooklyn’s up and coming producer D octor Jeep. With “Back to Africa”, the brooklyn duo builds on their vision of f orging the intersections between classic reggae dub and the local sounds of Brooklyn-bread bass music... always with high fidelity sound in mind!
“Slave masters took us away from Africa, brought us down in the Caribbean. They took away our language and our culture”. With his earnest lyrics, Ranking Joe laments the physical and cultural uprooting of african slaves throughouthistory.R eminiscingonthe africandiasporaandtherepatriationmovement,“BacktoAfrica”isafederating call to a s piritual r eturn to the motherland, one of the tenets of the rastafarian belief.
To complement the seriousness of the lyrical theme, T our De Force has crafted a militant beat driven by marching drum patterns underpinned by a hammering synth bassline. The dub versions adds even more bass weight, sparsely interjecting delayed vocals and building up to an echoed out frenzy. Known for his affinity for tropical bass, 808’s, breakbeats and UK grime, D octor Jeep reinvents the track into a tribal dance friendly banger, adding to the release’s overall dynamic sound.
a1. Back to Africa feat. Ranking Joe
a2. Dub to Africa
b1. Back to Africa (Doctor Jeep Remix)