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: 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 - 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